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Instution-wide ocean literacy programs that make waves
in your community.

What is ocean literacy?
Why would I need it at my school?

Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean, our effects on the ecosystem, and how it changes us. It helps us build connections with nature to protect it better, create a sense of community, and learn new skills. 

Are you looking to connect your school to your local nature? Even schools further in the mainland, without access to the coast, can benefit from an ocean literacy program. That is because our programs do not only relate to the oceans - they address water-related issues and climate change, too. 

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Not convinced?

Children have a great tool - imagination. 

They love learning about things that are mysterious, inaccessible, and largely unexplored. Right?

Did you think about space? We thought of the ocean!

Read the above again. The ocean fulfills all the criteria, too. Plus, students can connect to it locally through rivers, seas, and other related ecosystems. 

Here's what we can do together.

We work with schools to introduce programs on multiple levels. 

Classes are where the magic happens. Together we can introduce meaningful projects and additions to the courses offered at your school that will teach content through a lens of the oceans. You can learn more about our approach on the For Teachers page.

Beyond the classroom, we encourage schools to organize events. We can help shape workshops at your school for an additional level of engagement and get students involved in the work at Thriving Corals. This includes both volunteering opportunities and internships.

Together we can also organize service opportunities for students locally - this ties in beautifully with curriculum components like Service as Action or Service Learning in the International Baccalaureate. 

Finally, we look at long-term plans. We help schools get certifications related to teaching about the environment and check-in after our initial programs to help continue to build ocean literacy.

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Learn about the process.

Dive into the 4 step process...

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Each school is unique.

Together we can figure out what is best for your community and structure a program that will encourage long-lasting action.

Frequently asked questions

Which schools & institutions are eligible?

We work with schools and institutions in which English is one of the languages of instruction. There are no country, location, or curriculum requirements. We adapt our programs to your specific situation.

Do you work with universities?

Yes! We are happy to work with your university, although the program might look different than our typical school program. In the case of a university, our focus is usually less on additions to courses and more on increasing awareness and opportunities. If you are a professor looking to tailor your course in any field to add an ocean literacy component, please email us and we will prepare a program as described in our For Teachers page.

Are there any fees?

No! Our programs are completely free of charge. However, schools are responsible for providing students with basic materials for workshops, such as poster paper, should the school choose to incorporate such activities. Moreover, the final planning and implementation of local activities is up to the school. We can discuss these details with you as we plan.

How do I get started?

Please send us an email and let us know what questions you have. We will continue from there!

Sounds good?
Let's make it happen!

We are here to answer all your questions and take you through the process.


Send us an email, let us know what your doubts are, and become an ocean literate school!