How to Care for the Ocean

How to Care for the Ocean

Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small steps that have a big impact on the well-being of our oceans.


3 - 12+


Biology, Ecology, Health, Earth Science, Oceanography, Experiential Learning

Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small things you can do that could have a big impact on the well-being of our ocean.

Eating sustainable seafood, reducing your waste, and getting involved are all good ways to help care for the ocean. Try some of these other simple tips to become a real ocean hero!

  • Conserve water. Being water-wise can make a big difference for the ocean, cut your family's costs, and save energy. Try turning the water off when you brush your teeth, taking shorter showers, fixing leaky pipes, air-drying dishes and clothes, and letting the rain wash your car. How creative can you be when it comes to saving water?
  • Explore. Discover the answer to the question, "How are you connected to the ocean?" Get to know your local lakes, streams, ponds, and rivers. Then explore how they are connected to the ocean using maps, books, and local experts.
  • Learn about the ocean. Dive into reading! Read about the ocean and ways you can help. Visit aquariums and zoos to meet the ocean animals that will benefit from your help.
  • Take a vacation. Plan a trip to the beach. Visit a marine protected area (MPA), support local businesses, and have fun in the water!
  • Get your hands dirty. Plant a rain garden at home using native plants. Rain gardens trap stormwater runoff and keep it from polluting local waterways that lead to the ocean.
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Samantha Zuhlke, National Geographic Society
Page Producer
Jason Wasser
Editing and Animation
Scott Ressler
Sarah Wilson, National Geographic Society
Last Updated

October 19, 2023

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