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Enhancing Environmental Literacy and Educational Opportunities

K-12 teachers count on North Carolina Sea Grant to provide relevant lesson plans and instruction that meet state or national science standards.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many K-12 teachers were scrambling to convert their lesson plans for virtual classroom settings, and we had ready-made solutions immediately available.

Education and Outreach

North Carolina Sea Grant develops environmental education programs for students and educators statewide.

ECU’s Alex Manda (right) will lead one of nine new research projects for North Carolina Sea Grant. Credit: Matt Smith.
  • Our Lessons in Mariculture offers practical career education and science for in-person and online learning.
  • Coastwatch Classroom provides teachers with online content that compliments stories from our popular magazine.
  • Researchers created a virtual-friendly water quality curriculum and held workshops to share with high school teachers from over 30 N.C. counties. The lessons collectively reached 3,300 students in 2021.
  • Hundreds of students across the state took information they learned about the impacts of marine debris to their communities, drawing praise for presentations and effective online videos —  and demonstrating the power of students sharing science-based lessons with adults.
  • Thanks to a collaboration with PBS NC, the NC Division of Water Resources, and other partners, thousands of teachers and students have accessed our award-winning online Watershed Wisdom lessons.
  • North Carolina Sea Grant  also partnered to develop a guide on marine debris for classroom and informal educators of students in grades 5 through 8.
Wayne County students get hands-on experience exploring the Neuse Estuary as a part of the Floating Classroom Program. Photo by Becky Kirkland

Our online resources complement a long line of publications for learners of all different ages: