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.

Prince George’s County Clean and Beautiful Activity Books

These colorful, engaging activity books were created by Prince George’s County, Maryland, with funding from the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Follow along as Spencer the Sprout learns about how litter becomes marine debris and ways to make a difference in your community. Each book features content and activities ideal for a different age group, from kindergarten through high school. 

Cover of Prince George’s County Clean and Beautiful activity book.

Regional Emmy® Award-Winning TRASH TALK

Taxonomy Term: 
Short Title: 
Trash Talk
On Our Radar Choice: 

Don’t you think it’s time we all have an honest trash talk? Ocean Today, in partnership with the NOAA Marine Debris Program, presents Regional Emmy® Award-winning TRASH TALK, a 15-minute special feature on marine debris for World Ocean Day. It is specially designed to be part of your World Ocean Day festivities and beyond. To download the videos, visit Ocean Today's website.

TRASH TALK Special Feature


These six short videos are the individual chapters contained in the special feature.

  • What is marine debris?
  • Where does marine debris come from?
  • How does marine debris impact the ocean, animals, and me?
  • Why is plastic marine debris so common?
  • What is the Great Pacific Garbage Patch?
  • What can we do about marine debris?
Watch the TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators

Trash Talk WebinarOur TRASH TALK Webinar for Educators provides fun activities that you can organize after showing the film! It's a perfect event for museums, zoos, aquariums, learning centers and schools. Featuring NOAA Marine Debris Program Educational Specialist Leah Henry, this fun and informative 10 minute webinar provides a quick demonstration of hands-on activities you can easily offer after you show the TRASH TALK special feature. Each activity requires props found at home or the office and is easy to prepare.

Active Project?: 
Special Event?: 
Education Portal Ranking: 
Teaser Text: 
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.
Subscribe to RSS - Learn About Marine Debris