Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small steps that have a big impact on the well-being of our ocean.

  • Watch this video with your family and friends to learn small things you can do that could have a big impact on the well-being of our ocean.


    Eating sustainable seafood, reducing your waste, and getting involved are all good ways to help care for the ocean. Try some of these other simple tips to become a real ocean hero!


    • Conserve water. Being water-wise can make a big difference for the ocean, cut your family's costs, and save energy. Try turning the water off when you brush your teeth, taking shorter showers, fixing leaky pipes, air-drying dishes and clothes, and letting the rain wash your car. How creative can you be when it comes to saving water?
    • Explore. Discover the answer to the question, "How are you connected to the ocean?" Get to know your local lakes, streams, ponds, and rivers. Then explore how they are connected to the ocean using maps, books, and local experts.
    • Learn about the ocean. Dive into reading! Read about the ocean and ways you can help. Visit aquariums and zoos to meet the ocean animals that will benefit from your help.
    • Take a vacation. Plan a trip to the beach. Visit a marine protected area (MPA), support local businesses, and have fun in the water!
    • Get your hands dirty. Plant a rain garden at home using native plants. Rain gardens trap stormwater runoff and keep it from polluting local waterways that lead to the ocean.
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    advocate Verb

    to argue in favor of something.

    aquarium Noun

    a container or tank where aquatic plants and animals are kept, or an institution that keeps such containers.

    chemical Noun

    molecular properties of a substance.

    conservation Noun

    management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

    Encyclopedic Entry: conservation
    conserve Verb

    to save or use wisely.

    contaminate Verb

    to poison or make hazardous.

    deforestation Noun

    destruction or removal of forests and their undergrowth.

    durability Noun

    ability to resist wear and decay.

    food chain Noun

    group of organisms linked in order of the food they eat, from producers to consumers, and from prey, predators, scavengers, and decomposers.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food chain
    food web Noun

    all related food chains in an ecosystem. Also called a food cycle.

    Encyclopedic Entry: food web
    food yield Noun

    amount of food produced in a specific area at a specific time.

    harmful Adjective


    implement Verb

    to carry out plans.

    marine protected area (MPA) Noun

    area of the ocean where a government has placed limits on human activity.

    native Adjective

    indigenous, or from a specific geographic region.

    ocean Noun

    large body of salt water that covers most of the Earth.

    Encyclopedic Entry: ocean
    pollution Noun

    introduction of harmful materials into the environment.

    Encyclopedic Entry: pollution
    recycle Verb

    to clean or process in order to make suitable for reuse.

    resource Noun

    available supply of materials, goods, or services. Resources can be natural or human.

    seafood Noun

    fish and shellfish consumed by humans.

    species Noun

    group of similar organisms that can reproduce with each other.

    stormwater Noun

    excess water that overflows onto a road or other surface due to heavy rainfall.

    sustainability Noun

    use of resources in such a manner that they will never be exhausted.

    watershed Noun

    entire river system or an area drained by a river and its tributaries.

    Encyclopedic Entry: watershed
    wildlife Noun

    organisms living in a natural environment.