Kids painting signs on a tarp.

For Students

Dive into our marine debris resources and opportunities designed to encourage your learning and exploration.

  • Learn About Marine Debris

    What is marine debris? Where does it come from? How does it affect our ocean and waterways? Find the answers to these and all your marine debris questions here.
    A food container, seen resting at 4,947 meters on the slopes of a canyon leading to the Sirena Deep.
    During a dive along the Mariana Trench wall, the NOAA Okeanos Explorer team saw multiple pieces of marine debris.
    Fish illustration.
    Download an assortment of puzzles, brain-teasers, and coloring activities for Grades 1-12. All activities are available for download and print!
    Cover of Prince George’s County Clean and Beautiful activity book.
    Kids of all ages can learn about marine debris with these colorful, character-focused activity books from Prince George’s County, Maryland.
    Oversimplified graphic of "garbage patches" in the North Pacific Ocean.
    What and where are garbage patches, anyway? Find out more about this important marine debris topic.
    Trash Talk.
    View our Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK video series. Each short video covers a marine debris topic. Here you’ll also find a TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators featuring fun and informative activities to pair with the videos for all age levels.
  • Do Something About Marine Debris

    Marine debris is a problem caused by people, but it also has human solutions. Those solutions can start with you! Learn more about things you can do to keep our sea free of debris.
    A pile of old tooth brushes.
    The first step to solving a problem is learning more about it. Learn what you can do to create change at home.
    A colored pencil drawing of a hand reaching into the ocean amid sea creatures holding signs with "no littering" messages on them, artwork by Anika A. (Grade 4, Washington), winner of the Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest.
    The 2024 Marine Debris Calendar is now available for download! Learn more about the annual NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest.
    Kids on the beach are picking up debris.
    Interested in citizen science efforts but not sure where to start? This easy-to-use app will help you collect and analyze data about marine debris in your area. The Marine Debris Tracker App is managed by the University of Georgia.
    Students around a desk.
    The first step to solving a problem is learning more about it. Learn what you can do to create change at school.
  • Additional Resources

    Looking for more? Explore other resources from the Marine Debris Program and across NOAA.
    A crab entangled in a yellow net.
    Check out our photo gallery for images of marine debris types, sources, solutions, research, prevention, and impacts.
    Fellow on a boat carefully holding a small shark and preparing to put it back into the water.
    Find information about opportunities available to students throughout NOAA, including scholarships, internships, and online resources.
Last updated Wed, 02/21/2024 - 04:12 pm EST