Marine Debris

Marine Debris

Everyone's Problem

Guided Exploration

Each session includes guidelines and materials to explore the featured topic. Our guided explorations are also designed with space for educators to make the sessions their own!  Use the included materials, or draw from the "Build-Your-Own Lesson Plan" section below to tweak the sessions for your specific needs.

Build-your-own lesson plan

Use these curated resources from a wide variety of organizations to build your own lesson plan around climate change and migration.

Articles & Books

Articles from NOAA, the EPA, and more on types, sources, impacts, and mitigation of marine debris and locations and sizes of garbage patches in this collection of articles for use by you and your students.

DIY Resources

Next time you're headed out to the beach or a nearby park, take along a trash bag for a DIY Cleanup.

More Lesson Plans

Marine debris focused lesson plans and activities from the NOAA, Bay Backpack, Carleton College, and more.

Online Resources

Interactive tools including ArcGIS StoryMaps and Climate Tracker, The Ocean Cleanup the Mississippi River Plastic Pollution initiative, and more.

Various Data

Maps such as the Marine Debris Tracker, Litter Glitter Tracking, marine debris loads by state, etc.

Videos & Podcasts

Includes "A Plastic Ocean," a documentary about the global effects of plastic pollution, The Plastic Health Summit's discussions, a short podcast on marine debris movement, and more.