Ocean Conservation Education Resources

The Deep Blue Innovation for the Future of our Oceans

These lessons are all about the ocean, engaging students in ocean science and supporting young people to be active and aware of science-driven research. 

We have projects for all year levels – from understanding our impact on the ocean, marine life and its importance in the eco-system to citizen science projects to get your students active and engaged in our environment through science.

World Ocean’s Day

Latest releases for all year levels:

Take 3 for the Sea – Project-based Learning

In this series of lessons for Upper Primary and Secondary students, we look at how individual, community and global actions impact our waterways. Using a Project-Based Learning approach allows students to work collaboratively to investigate and respond to an engaging question, problem or challenge that is based on a real-world setting or scenario.

These lessons have been created in partnership with Take 3 who believe in simple actions to address complex problems. They have created a series of short films exploring the issues, drawing on voices from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as well as other experts and public figures from all walks of life.

To access the lessons and learn more about our oceans, click here.

War On Waste: The Battle Continues

Just released, our War on Waste lessons are the perfect introduction to waste and its impact on our oceans. These lessons let students from Foundation to Year 10 tune in to waste as an issue in Australia and examine the impact on oceans.

The unit of work connects to more than science lessons, but for those science die-hards we have some great specialist lessons:

•  Plastic Waste in our Ocean Foundation – Year 3
The Impacts of Single Use Plastics Years 4 – 6
Exploring Microplastics Years 7 – 10

Check out the complete War on Waste series here

2040 : The Regeneration

One of the most influential documentary films released in 2019, Director Damon Gameau (That Sugar Film) helps us to imagine what the world could be in 20 years.

2040 encourages students to harness creativity and innovation, engaging with the world around them to develop positive, action-driven solutions.  

All lessons contain exclusive clips from 2040 only available to teachers and students. 

Designed to introduce your students to climate change and its causes, as well as looking at the science behind a range of real-world solutions that are active today!

Each lesson in this unit can be taught as a stand-alone or in a sequence. However you decide to engage with the content, we strongly advise you to complete the teaching and learning by taking social action using the A 2040 Vision For Your Community lesson.

There is also a really great lesson for Year 7 Science looking at Seaweed in the Food Chain.

Student Resources

Cool Australia’s Digital Library is full of images, articles and activities to help kids research.

Complete Digital Libraries

Ocean Conservation



Quick Fact Sheets

Water Fact Sheet

Turtle Fact Sheet

Shearwaters Fact Sheet

Coral Reefs Fact Sheet

Plastic Pollution Fact Sheet

Shark Fact Sheet

Fishing Fact Sheet

The Ugly Journey of our Trash

Blue The Film

The ultimate ocean lesson, Blue is a feature documentary film charting the drastic decline in the health of our oceans. With more than half of all marine life lost and the expansion of the industrialisation of the seas, the film sets out the challenges we are facing and the opportunities for positive change.

Blue changes the way we think about our liquid world and inspires the audience to action. Along with the film is an ambitious global campaign to create advocacy and behaviour change through the #oceanguardian movement. 

To access the lessons and learn more about our oceans, click here.

Early Learning Lessons:

World Ocean’s Day doesn’t need to be just for the big kids! Discover the ocean with younger students through interactive play-based learning. These activities let you bring ocean science into your early learning centre or daycare classroom, engaging kids with our environment and introducing scientific thinking to younger children.

Primary Lessons:

Featured below are some of our favourite ocean science lessons – these are quick ‘Snappy Science’ experiments and lessons that look at our amazing sea creatures.

Secondary Lessons:

Citizen Science: Mangrove Watch Years 9 – 12

Get students actively involved in science and become part of a Citizen Science Project. MangroveWatch is a citizen science program hosted by Earthwatch Australia and James Cook University. The MangroveWatch citizen science program provides tools, methods and training to assist students and the wider community in helping scientists gather data on the extent and health of Australia’s mangroves and salt marshes, known collectively as tidal wetlands.

Through citizen science, MangroveWatch scientists hope to assist the conservation of tidal wetlands, getting much-needed help obtaining qualitative and quantitative data about causes and effects of tidal wetland degradation. The information collected by citizen scientists as part of the MangroveWatch program helps scientists identify areas where tidal wetlands are unhealthy and at risk of loss and identify the cause. This data will be analysed to formulate ways of protecting mangrove and saltmarsh ecosystems that are provided to coastal managers to help reduce human impacts and design tidal wetland restoration programs.

Teacher Professional Development

To coincide with the release of the Global Problem Solvers units, we’ve created a Teacher Professional Development course to support teachers in the implementation of group work in the classroom.

You can find the Professional Development course here: Using Group Work To Improve Student Learning

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These lessons have been developed in partnership with Cisco. Cisco believes that our future will be defined by global problem solvers – global citizens ready to thrive in a connected and digital future by thinking like entrepreneurs, innovating like technologists, and acting as agents of social change.