5 Fun Family Projects to Save the Ocean — No Matter Where You Live

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Make your family beach time even better by trying these fun family projects to save the ocean and the creatures that live there.

Family Projects to Save the Ocean


No matter if you live by the coast or you’re miles from it, there are still plenty of family projects to save the ocean that you can get involved in any time, anywhere. To get started, share with your loved ones these fascinating facts:

  • The ocean covers 71 percent of our planet and amazing new creatures are being discovered every day.
  • An estimated 50-80 percent of all life found on earth is under the ocean’s surface
  • The ocean contains 99 percent of the living space on the planet. And yet less than 10 percent of that space has been explored by humans.

Now try one or all of these fun family projects to save the ocean:

Reduce plastic use

This is the most threatening issue in our oceans: Most of the trash picked up on shores is plastic, which harms sea animals. Turtles mistake plastic bags for jellyfish, birds get entangled in fishing line and animals get stuck in plastic wrappings. Trade in those plastic water bottles in favor of reusable tumblers with lids.



Reduce energy use

Climate change is linked to sea level rise and ocean acidification, both of which could drastically affect marine ecosystems.  By energy-proofing your home, making sure to insulate properly, keeping your heating and cooling system maintained, and switching to energy efficient light bulbs, you’ll help reduce the effects of climate change, and save some money in the process!

Eat sustainable seafood

family projects to save the oceanAnother way to help the ocean is by paying attention to where your seafood comes from. Overfishing is a global problem, and many common fishing and farming methods result in major habitat damage. One of the simplest things you can do is ask your local grocery stores and restaurants if they sell sustainable seafood. If consumers make it known that sustainable food is what they are going to buy, eventually that’s what stores will sell!


Volunteer for a beach cleanup

Recruit volunteers- even if it’s just your friends and family- and clean up a local beach, lake, river, stream, or wetland. By spending part of a day picking up litter, we realize the trash in our local water sources will eventually make its way to the ocean.

Share with friends

family projects to save the oceanOne person can make a difference, but think how much greater an impact you’ll have if you recruit your friends to the cause! Tell your friends about the issues and use your social media platforms to raise awareness.





This feature comes courtesy of  Seven Seas Illustration. Their goal of is to create beautiful and whimsical illustrations of creatures from the seven seas for children and adults, with a conservation twist. Learning about the many species, such as where they live and what they eat is a great way to understand their place in the chain of life and how we can help them thrive. Sign up online to receive a free set of printable stickers!

Make your family beach time even better by trying these fun family projects to save the ocean and the creatures that live there.


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Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell

Lisa Johnson Mandell is an award winning journalist, author and film/TV critic. She can be heard regularly on Cumulus radio stations throughout the US, and on BBC Radio.

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