Promoting Ocean and Coastal Literacy At Every Age

Through hands-on, virtual and citizen science activities, Florida Sea Grant educators provide timely science-based information to audiences so that they better understand how their decisions affect coastal environments.

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The actions of people can have large negative or positive effects on habitats, wildlife and water quality in the Florida coastal zone, particularly because of the close proximity of a huge population and the sensitivity of those natural environments to human and natural impacts. Therefore, in addition to active resource management, it is critical that residents, businesses and tourists understand the values of our natural coastal habitats and of good water quality, as well as take actions to protect and sustain them through what often can be simple changes in lifestyle.

Florida Sea Grant carries out a comprehensive statewide program to educate people about appropriate actions.

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Marine & Coastal Education

& Initiatives

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Bite-sized Science Webinars

Bite-sized Science webinars teach about important coastal and marine topics in just 30-minutes! Taught by UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant agents and specialists, the webinars are free, live and geared toward a middle school to adult audience.

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Climate Smart Florida

This nine-module program educates residents on what they can do to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions. The modified Climate Smart Kids program offers kids a fun, self-paced adventure to learn about climate change.

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Florida Friendly Angler

This free, online course is for both new anglers and experienced fishermen looking to educate themselves on fisheries management and up their fishing game by learning skills and practices that help ensure fishing opportunities for the future.

Marine & Coastal Education

& Activities

Explore K-12 curricula on Florida’s diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants. 

Students will learn about the biology and ecology of a manatee as well as learn ways that humans impact and can protect manatees.
Students will learn about the biology and ecology of cetaceans (whales and dolphins), and learn ways that humans impact and can protect cetaceans.
Students will learn about the biology and ecology of sea turtles and the ways that humans impact and can protect them.
Teachers and informal educators can find resources for incorporating microplastics into lesson plans and microplastics activities to do with youths.
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Education Beyond the Classroom

Florida Sea Grant partners with UF/IFAS 4-H to conduct marine education inside and outside the classroom for thousands of K-12 students annually. See how these campers are learning about and exploring their local coastal ecosystems.