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From the Winter 2012 Conservationist for Kids

A group of kids with trash bags cleaning up litter off a beach

The Outside Page

By Gina Jack

Go Exploring

Grab binoculars and a field guide, and explore along the shoreline, or get on a boat and head out on the water. Whale watching is fun; a number of tours are offered from Long Island. Can't get to the ocean? Visit an aquarium to see and learn about sea life.

World Oceans Day

The world oceans day logo: wear blue tell two

World Oceans Day takes place on June 8 each year. Wear a blue shirt and have at least two facts to share about why protecting our oceans is important. Visit worldoceansday.org to learn more.

Organize a litter pick-up party

Because litter can travel far on the wind and in the water, picking up trash locally helps the ocean, no matter where you live. Organize a group of friends and neighbors to clean up litter in your neighborhood. Consider what path water flowing from your neighborhood follows to reach the ocean-from ditch to river to ocean. How far does it travel? Learn more at KeepOceansClean and "Surf Your Watershed"

International Coastal Cleanup Day and National Estuaries Day both take place each year in September. You don't have to be on or near the ocean to participate in these programs. Events include litter pick-up, nature tours, and more.

Photo: Jaime Van Dyke