The Youth Ocean Advocates program at the Seattle Aquarium is proud to announce that we will host the Seattle Youth Ocean Conservation Summit on Saturday, December 6 from 9:30am to 4:30pm. The teen-planned event is an opportunity for local middle and high school students to learn how to develop and implement their own ocean conservation projects. The goal of the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit is for each attendee to come away with the knowledge and resources they need to start their own project to help protect the ocean.
The summit will feature keynote speaker Dr. Fritz Stahr, president and founder of the Ocean Inquiry Project and manager of the Seaglider Fabrication Center at the University of Washington. Fritz has spent his career researching and advocating for the ocean, and will inspire students to do the same.
Throughout the day, students will attend workshops that feature professionals from the field of conservation, each with their own expertise. Our schedule of workshops and presenters include:
- Public Speaking—Jim Wharton, Seattle Aquarium
- Volunteer Support—Katrina Bettis, Seattle Aquarium
- Art & Conservation—Kate Burnley, Seattle Aquarium
- Social Media—Andrew Bleiman, ZooBorns
- Journalism & Conservation—Bryn Nelson, Freelance Journalist
- Fundraising & Grants—Liz Exell, Seattle Aquarium
- Working with the Government—Steve Mashuda, Earthjustice
- Marine Debris—Jimmie Pasch, Puget Soundkeeper Alliance
- Citizen Science – Nicole Ivey, Seattle Aquarium
- Climate Change—Eli Weiss, Woodland Park Zoo
- Organizational Leadership—Sean Russell, Stow-It-Don’t-Throw-It Project
- Education about Conservation—Kate Schmiett, Environmental Science Center
- Communicating Science—Heather Galindo, UW’s COMPASS
At the end of the summit, each student will put together an action plan for their own ocean conservation project. Following the event, attendees will be able to apply for $200 seed grants from the Youth Ocean Conservation team and the Seattle Aquarium’s Youth Philanthropy Fund. Our hope is that students leave with a plan for action, the tools necessary to implement that plan, and the support they need to make a difference.
The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit will take place at the Seattle Aquarium on December 6. Registration opens at 8:30am, with the summit starting promptly at 9:30am. Due to space limitations, the event is limited to the first 100 students who sign up. Breakfast snacks and lunch will be provided. There is a $15 registration fee. For more information, and to register, visit SeattleAquarium.org/YOCS.
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