Learning about marine debris.

Educational Materials

The NOAA Marine Debris Program and its partners offer free, downloadable education and outreach materials for people of all ages to learn about marine debris. Everyone has a role to play in raising awareness about the problem, including educators, parents, friends, youth leaders, non-profits, corporations, and industry.

Spread the word with brochures, curriculum, and more, and help keep the sea free of debris!

Congratulations to our 2015 Keep the Sea Free of Debris art contest winners! This year, we received more than 600 entries from kindergarten to 8th-grade students with incredible visual messages on what we need to do to be the solution to ocean pollution.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012-2013 "Keep the Sea Free of Debris!" Marine Debris Art Contest! We received more than 600 entries from 21 states across the nation.

DECEMBER 30, 2014 -- Each year, the NOAA Marine Debris Program sponsors a nationwide “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” art contest in an effort to get children thinking about how they can keep debris out of the ocean. Kindergartners through 8th graders from all over the country submit artwork depicting the marine debris problem, and the program selects 13 pieces of work to display in a calendar.

The MDP is proud to present the 2015 Marine Debris Calendar, now available for download.

Curriculums and Activities

Download an assortment of puzzles, brain-teasers coloring activities, and formal curriculum for Grades 1-12. All curriculum and activities are available for download and print!

Reports and Technical Memos

The NOAA Marine Debris Program has a suite of scientific reports for download, including technical memos, topic papers, action plans, and workshop summaries.

Fact Sheets

Download and print fast information on marine debris, the "garbage patch," the Marine Debris Program, and other hot topics.

Posters and Brochures

Hang a display in learning centers to educate visitors about “garbage patches,” put a poster in your classroom, or hand out brochures in your community. We have a limited amount in print. Contact marinedebris.web@noaa.gov for availability.