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! 

Regional Marine Debris Collaborative Sites

The NOAA Marine Debris Program is working to develop regional marine debris collaborative sites. This collaboration tool was designed as a resource for regional partners to more effectively communicate and collaborate on projects, leverage resources, and educate the public on marine debris issues in their regions. For instructions on how to become a participating organization, and navigate and upload materials, please contact your regional coordinator!

Developed in collaboration with regional partners in the Great Lakes, this tool is currently active in the following regions:

Curriculums and Activities

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

Document cover photo of wrecked boat.

Emergency Response Guides provide specific direction for coordinating local, state, and federal response to acute marine debris events. Action Plans provide a strategic framework for partners across a specific state or region to address the problem of marine debris.

Cover of "What is Marine Debris?" poster.

Hang a display in learning centers to educate visitors about “garbage patches” or put a poster in your classroom. Download and print fast information on marine debris, the Marine Debris Program, and other hot topics.

Reports and Technical Memos

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