World Ocean Day Weeklong Virtual Celebration

Join us for a week of fun and educational activities, posts, and videos that celebrate the important role the World Ocean plays in our lives, and learn ways you can help protect it. 

Date: Monday, June 1, 2020 - Monday, June 8, 2020

Celebrating the Wavemakers!

World Ocean Day is an international celebration and collaboration for a healthier future for our Ocean. On June 8, 2020 people from across the globe will unite to raise awareness of the critical role the ocean plays for all life on Earth and the dire need to protect it. We are proud to have teamed up with environmental partners Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation, Bow Seat, The Gundalow Company, New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance, and League of Conservation Voters to bring you a weeklong celebration this year. Together, we can make a difference!

 

The World Ocean

Our health and our ocean’s health are connected. Over half of the oxygen we breathe is produced in the ocean, and the ocean is the heart of our planet, circulating heat and water and regulating our climate. Vastly biodiverse, scientists estimate that 91% of ocean species have yet to be classified. The ocean provides food, creates millions of jobs, is a source for medicines, and provides inspiration, respite and recreation. It is up to us to preserve and protect it for future generations. 

 

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Schedule

Please sign on to join us for the scheduled events below and check our Facebook and Instagram feeds throughout the week as we celebrate Ocean Wavemakers, share creature features, and post ideas on how you can help save the ocean. 

MONDAY JUNE 1
  Your Learning Connection, World Ocean Day Edition
Families, watch your inbox for a special World Ocean Day edition of Your Learning Connection, fun activities and videos, or find all Your Learning Connection resources here.
  9am • Ocean Commotion on Facebook
What belongs in the ocean? In this week’s Ocean Commotion video, Emma encourages parents and preK children to explore the concept of ocean pollution using simple materials found around the house. Get ready to splash, sort, and get silly with this sustainable sensory bin! Check it out this morning, or any time thereafter. Ocean Commotion is generously sponsored by Macaroni Kids Seacoast NH.
  5pm • Environmental Storytelling Series #1 
A new Monday evening storytelling series kicks hosted by Climate Action New Hampshire kicks off with partners Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. Tune in to hear our favorite stories about the importance of protecting our planet and teach children about how they can make a difference. Afterwards, you will receive a follow up activity to continue learning at home. Learn more and register here.
TUESDAY JUNE 2
  11am • Wavemakers Series #1: Lumpfish Research on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This morning, we will hear from Michael Doherty about his research on lumpfish. Check it out this morning, or any time thereafter. 
  2pm • Wavemakers Series #2: SSC Marine Science Fellows Research Presentations on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This afternoon, we will hear from two of our  Fellows about their research projects; Christian Filteau: How does water quality effect the number and type of plankton in an area? and Ryan Nash Pannella: As the krill/small shellfish population declines, how will this affect whales and other large ocean mammals? Check it out this afternoon, or any time thereafter. 
  6pm • Q&A with Marine Mammal Rescue Experts on Instagram Live!
Ask the MMR experts any questions you have about what it’s like to help protect seals, whales, dolphins, and porpoises in New England’s waters. Would you like to learn more about how to become a marine scientist or maybe how you can help protect these charismatic animals? We’ve got the answers for you!
WEDNESDAY JUNE 3
  Teachers Learning Connection Tides & Currents Choice Board
Teachers, check out this final edition of the Teacher Learning Connection to wrap up your spring science activities. This Board is jam-packed with fun lessons all about the movement of the sea, and the ways that we are all connected to our one World Ocean. You can find all of our Teacher Learning Connection resources here.
  11am • Wavemakers Series #3: Ocean Sunfish on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This morning, we will hear from Carol “Krill” Carson about her work with sunfish. Check it out this morning, or any time thereafter. 
  2pm • Wavemakers Series #4: SSC Marine Science Fellows Research Presentations on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This afternoon, we will hear from two of our Fellows about their research projects; Brayden Fracassa: How does Climate change affect corals and how? and Jessica Cleary-Reuning: What are the different pH and nutrients levels of water samples from dead duck, behing Traip Academy, and York beach? And, how do the differences affect marine life? Check it out this afternoon, or any time thereafter. 
THURSDAY JUNE 4
  11am • Wavemakers Series #5: Plastic-eating Bacteria on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This morning, we will hear from Puloma Bishnu and Veni Dole about their research on plastic-eating bacteria. Check it out this morning, or any time thereafter. 
  2pm • Wavemakers Series #6: SSC Marine Science Fellows Research Presentations on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This afternoon, we will hear from one of our Fellows about her research project; Adrianna George, How does a seashell’s appearance change with the exposure to chemicals? Check it out this afternoon, or any time thereafter. 
  7pm • Gundalow Gathering: Science Under Sail and Other S.E.A. Stories 
Join us as Dr. Jeffrey M. Schell recounts the joys, triumphs, and hardships of conducting science under sail with Sea Education Association (SEA).  With Jeff as our guide we will voyage around the world’s oceans with Sea Semester students as they:
   • Record humpback whales singing on Silver Bank
   • Discover a lost species of Sargassum threatening the Caribbean
   • Swim with sharks while studying the second largest coral bleaching event ever recorded
   • Hunt for “Meddies” (deep water eddies important for climate change research) in the Gulf of Cadiz
   • and much more!
Sea Semester students ‘learn the ropes’ as they navigate life onboard a tall ship during pleasant sailing breezes, sudden squalls, and looming storms as they strive to accomplish their research goals and ultimately discover what it means to be a good shipmate.
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FRIDAY JUNE 5
  9am • Big Fish Little Fish on Facebook
What Do You Notice About Water Pollution? Let’s celebrate World Ocean Week with some observation! In this week’s Big Fish Little Fish video, join Emily and create some polluted water to observe. We’ll explore how water becomes polluted, what we notice about polluted water, and what we can do every day to help keep our waters clean. Let’s get a little messy and learn together! Check it out this morning, or any time thereafter./td>
  11am • Facebook Live Creature Feature: Octopus!
Meet SSC Naturalist Nikki and Aquarist Rob on Facebook as they go live to debut our baby octopus and fill you in on what it takes to rear these young ones that we will hopefully put on exhibition later this summer.
  2pm • Wavemakers Series #7: SSC Marine Science Fellows Research Presentations on Facebook
Dive into some of the amazing ocean conservation research and projects that have been taking place in the seacoast region of New Hampshire this year. This afternoon, we will hear from two of our Fellows about their research project; Riley Anderson, What is reef-safe sunblock and how does it impact the oceans in comparison to other types of sunblock? and Joe Miceli: What adaptations do deep sea mega predators have to catch prey?Check it out this afternoon, or any time thereafter. 
SATURDAY JUNE 6
  Blue Ocean Society’s Virtual Run for the Ocean 5K
You choose the course—wherever you’d like to run or walk 3.1 miles, whether that’s in your neighborhood, on a local trail, or even on your treadmill! Prizes are awarded for several age groups, plus best costume, best pet costume, best fundraiser and to the participant whose course looks most like a whale! Learn more and register today…
  Begins 12pm • Youthathon 24-hour Livestream Event
Celebrate and take action this World Oceans Day by tuning in to Youthathon – a 24-hour livestream event providing a digital community for young people to join the global movement to protect our shared blue planet and learn more about conservation efforts around the world. This live event will be co-hosted by youth-led organizations and environmental experts around the globe and feature topics on conservation, art, science, marine biology, climate change, activism, music, storytelling, and more! To register for this free event, click here and see @r.singblue on Instagram for announcements and updates!
  6pm • Virtual Tide Pooling on Instagram Live! (rain date, 6/7, 6pm)
Get your ‘feet wet’ during our first-ever Instagram Live Virtual Tide Pooling Event! Naturalists Nikki and Daryn will take you on an ocean adventure in the tide pools located just outside the doors of Seacoast Science Center in beautiful Odiorne Point State Park. You’ll dive in with them for a close-up view and explore the rocky shore intertidal ecosystem and all its inhabitants from the comfort of your own home! Who knows what sea creatures we may find!? Registration is required for this is a free event, however, donations are greatly appreciated. Participants will receive a digital Rocky Shore Species Guide for use during the program and next time you visit the shore!  Here’s how to join:
Register here.
• Login to your Instagram account and follow seacoast_science_center in advance of the event
• At 6:00pm EST on June 6, 2020 go to seacoast_science_center on Instagram and watch as we go live for one hour!
• Make sure you have your Rocky Shore Species Guide ready!”Sea” you on the rocks!
SUNDAY June 7 
  Youthathon 24-hour Livestream Event, ends at 12pm
See June 6 at 6pm for description. 
MONDAY June 8 
  9am • Ocean Commotion on Facebook
We LOVE our Ocean Craft! Today is all about celebrating our connection to the ocean. Even if you can’t make it to the coast, there are many ways we can share our love for the sea! In this week’s Ocean Commotion video, Emma will show you a fun, simple craft that can help to commemorate the day—and get a little messy along the way! Ocean Commotion is generously sponsored by Macaroni Kids Seacoast NH.
  5pm • Environmental Storytelling Series #1 
Hosted by Climate Action New Hampshire, this evening’s storyteller features Bow Seat. Tune in to hear our favorite stories about the importance of protecting our planet and teach children about how they can make a difference. Afterwards, you will receive a follow up activity to continue learning at home. Register here.
  6pm • World Ocean Day Family Trivia Challenge
Looking for a fun and engaging way to celebrate World Ocean Day this year? Well, search no further! Join us on an adventure to explore some of our ocean’s most important habitats, and learn about the unique plants and animals that live there! Compete against other teams for bragging rights and cool prizes from Green Maids and Cinnamon Rainbows! Learn more and register here.
 

 

Are you an Ocean Wavemaker?

Are you taking action to protect our ocean? Be sure to let us know in the comment section on our social media posts or by emailing a photo and a brief description to [email protected].

 

Take Action!

For 2020, World Oceans Day collaborators ask you to join the global movement to call on world leaders to protect 30% of our blue planet by 2030. This critical need is called 30×30. By safeguarding at least 30% of our ocean through a network of highly protected areas we can help ensure a healthy home for all!

 
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Event Sponsors

Special thanks to Northeast Credit Union, Rye Family Dental, and ReVision Energy for their generous support of our World Ocean Day Weeklong Virtual Celebration, and Family Ocean Trivia Challenge sponsors Green Maids and Cinnamon Rainbows.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To learn about how your company can gain great exposure and benefits for your employees by sponsoring this popular event, please contact Nichole Rutherford at 603-436-8043, ext. 26 or [email protected].