Ocean literacy is the understanding of the ocean and our relationship with it. The ocean provides us with vital resources such as food and oxygen. It brings joy, transportation, inspiration and regulates our climate around the world. The ocean is a complex and incredible world for of wonder and tribulations. To help us understand and develop our relationship with the ocean, the Ocean Literacy Framework was developed.
Since this initial framework, Ocean Literacy has continued to evolve and improve, being implemented all around the world. Recently UNESCO, with collaboration from leading organizations and educators, created the Ocean Literacy For All Toolkit. This comprehensive document provides content and activities to support ocean literacy education in formal and informal education settings. Now Ocean Wise brings their expertise from over six decades of ocean research, conservation and education to advancing ocean literacy. These online platforms are the latest tool in our repertoire to help you discover and engage your connection to the ocean.
Our mission is to inspire the global community to be Ocean Wise by increasing its understanding, wonder and appreciation of our oceans. We have combined our passion, research and expertise on the ocean with the United States framework to bring you the Ocean Literacy Courses.
These online courses are free, self-directed, and interactive for students in grade 3 to 12, and anyone who is interested in learning more about the ocean. Students can take the course at their own pace, and earn exciting badges for every accomplishment they make throughout the course.
Our Educator Resource Library is a comprehensive and curated collection of resources, lesson plans and classroom activities to help educators activate ocean literary curriculum in their classrooms. This free and easily navigated tool will have everything you need to bring the ocean to your students.