October 30, 2018

Marine science and ocean conservation are extremely important for children to learn about from a young age, including our land-locked kiddos living in Colorado! Students Because our world is mostly made up of oceans, it is incredibly important that kids of all ages be exposed to and are given the opportunity to explore marine science and education. Not only do these avenues of education give kids a broader view of their world, but the exotic creatures and systems of the marine world can spark the imagination and foster a passion for learning that can last a lifetime.

I have had the pleasure of teaching marine science to students ranging from four to eight years old. Their curiosity and enthusiasm for learning about ocean creatures and marine ecosystems is infectious and wonderful to witness. StudentsMarine life often seems “alien,” to us, considering that we don’t get to experience the complexities that come with living in an ocean realm. Learning about marine science is a fantastic way to capture kids’ imaginations and help them to develop a love and passion for the natural world. Living in Colorado, the ocean can feel far-removed from our daily lives. However, the reality is that we are all connected to the ocean in many ways; from the fish that we eat that is flown in to land-locked restaurants to the water in our lakes and rivers that is replenished by rain originating from the ocean.

Ocean conservation education is one of the most necessary subjects to teach young students. Ocean conservation is not only limited to beach clean-ups and protecting sea turtle nests; it also includes discussions regarding water conservation of rivers, lakes, and watersheds (which are very close to home for our young Coloradans!). Teaching the importance of conservation to kids is another way to help guide them towards independence; teaching them ways that they can change the world, small actions they can take in their daily lives, and helping develop belief systems and world-views as they grow into adolescence and adulthood.

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