Clean Ocean Action

Environmental Action & Education Programs

Since 1984, Clean Ocean Action uses research, public education and citizen action to improve the quality of the waters off the New Jersey/New York coast. Our belief is that people will take action to protect things that they love and understand. Together, we must act quickly and effectively to keep our ocean clean.

To help achieve this, Clean Ocean Action developed many different education programs and resources to engage citizens in the protection of the ocean. From presentations to interactive activities, our programs help people understand the connections between our habits and actions, and the heath of our environment.  To get started, follow the links below, or in the purple tab list in the left column for more information on these unique and interactive programs, activities, and lessons. 

Click here for a printable brochure that outlines Clean Ocean Action's education programs.


GOAL: Clean Ocean Action’s Student Environmental Advocates and Leaders (SEAL) program aims to empower students to become mindful and resourceful leaders, with a focus on local, current environmental issues.

The SEAL program, which had its first two years funded generously by Impact 100 Jersey Coast, offers from Monmouth County high school students a free and unique leadership learning experience focused on local environmental issues. While collaborating with peers all over Monmouth County, SEAL students will identify and implement environmental projects in their own schools’ communities. 

Click here for more information about the SEAL program and how to join for the 2022-2023 academic year.


Student Summit

The Student Summit is designed to provide NJ middle-school students an opportunity to experience hands-on, marine environmental education at the Jersey Shore. Some activities are:

  • Horseshoe Crab Discovery & Handling

  • Seashell Identification

  • Invertebrate Identification

  • Project Terrapin

  • Activities to identify and propose solutions for non-point source pollution

  • Climate change and sea level rise.

Clean Ocean Action's first ever Cape May Student Summit will be held at the Nature Center of Cape May on Thusday, October 6, 2022.Middle schools (grades 5th-8th) from the following counties are encouraged to apply: Cape May, Cumberland, Gloucester, and Salem. 


Clean Ocean Action's 34th Annual Fall Student Summit will be held at Island Beach State Park on Thursday, October 13, 2022. Middle schools (grades 5th-8th) from the following counties are encouraged to apply: Ocean, Burlington, and Atlantic. 


The applications for the Cape May Student Summit and Fall Student Summit are now open! If you are interested in having your students attend, please carefully review and complete each section of the appropriate application (linked above) and send the completed application and deposit check to arrive at Clean Ocean Action by September 22nd.


You can choose to email the completed application to education@cleanoceanaction.organd mail the deposit check separately, OR mail the application and deposit check to: Clean Ocean Action, “Student Summit,” 49 Avenel Blvd. Long Branch, NJ 07740.

The Spring Student Summit is for middle schools of these southern NJ counties: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic and Morris.

For more information about the Student Summit, please click on the following link Student Summit



Clean Ocean Action Presentations

Open to the Public

Cost: COA generally asks for a $100 donation for a 50 minute presentation

For more information about the Educational Presentations, please click on above link. To request a presentation, please click here

Clean Ocean Action offers informative marine environmental presentations to teach students of all ages and backgrounds about the issues surrounding ocean pollution. All presentations are tailored to the age and size of the audience.  For some descriptions of presentations available, click here.  Please inquire about a presentation by completing the aforementioned form, or call 732-872-0111.


Do you love COA? Are you a teacher or are you comfortable doing trained presentations in front of groups? If so, then the Clean Ocean Action Education Ambassador program is for you! Educators can assist Clean Ocean Action's education program by conducting presentations about ocean pollution issues to school and community groups across the state of New Jersey.

To learn more about the program responsibilities, time requirements, and compensation, please review Education Ambassador Job Description.

If interested, fill out an application and get started teaching! 

For more information, please contact Kari Martin at 732-872-0111.



49 Avenel Blvd.
Long Branch, NJ 07740

Field Office:

Gateway National Recreation Area
Sandy Hook, New Jersey

Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

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