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Ocean Literacy Education and Outreach

Ocean Literacy Education and Outreach


Film provides a powerful tool to engage a broad audience in a direct way that educates them about a problem, creates a better understanding of complex issues, and empowers positive next steps. Through a cascading film series that begins with the Puget Sound, incorporates the importance of freshwater ecosystem balance, and culminates with a wider look at the health of today’s Oceans, The Our Coast Film Series 2018 attempts to start a larger discussion within our community.


The Snohomish MRC is conducting outreach events and providing educational material within our communities; at local higher education campuses as well as public school districts to encourage participants of all ages. The goal with the call to action is to create a simple and straightforward way for citizens to learn about and engage in local projects.


Our goal for the MRC Ocean Literacy program for 2018 was to provide citizens with a free educational experience that encourages engagement in local projects along Snohomish County’s marine shoreline. The Our Coast Community Film Series beginning in early 2018 showcased independent films, local filmmakers and marine experts in a series of discussion focused events. Participants received information on how to monitor changes at local beaches through the MyCoast App. 

Introduction of the MyCoast app, launched in 2016, created a clear call to action for the audience to participate in local projects after the films. The app facilitates awareness of Snohomish County projects that currently address issues affecting all of us, further emphasizing connection and sense of place to participants.



The Snohomish County Marine Resources Committee is excited to share the educational film “Discover the Salish Sea,” produced and directed by Dr. Florian Graner. Florian lives locally in the Salish Sea, holds a PhD in Marine Biology, and has created this film for us to share with Snohomish County Schools. The film was made specifically for Snohomish County audiences and features footage of our region which residents may recognize.

The educational film is provided in DVD format with included USB drive containing corresponding curriculum which meets the Next Generation Science Standards. If your school is interested please contact MRC staff for more details.


Based on the 2018 MRC Ocean Literacy Program, the Ocean Literacy Curriculum’s aim is to educate students about the impacts humans have on our oceans, both positive and negative.

The Ocean Literacy Curriculum is a great way to get students involved in their environment and teach them about how they are connected to the world around them. Focusing specifically on Ocean Literacy, students will learn the Ocean Literacy Principles, how they are connected to the ocean, and how they can help improve the health of our beautiful oceans. The Ocean Literacy Principles used in this toolkit are based off of the Ocean Literacy Principles that were developed by scientists and educators from the ocean sciences education community.

This curriculum includes (click text for link):
The teacher toolkit
A vocabulary handout
A lesson on ocean literacy
A student worksheet
An ocean literacy project
A post-project student worksheet
A lesson on how you can help the ocean
An optional student scientist field trip
A final exam

This toolkit was created by Emma Sturgill as a Girl Scout Gold Award Project. This project was sponsored by the Snohomish County Marine Resource Committee.

Ocean Literacy Education and Outreach