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Oceans cover 71% of the world and are the basis of all life. Although the intake of carbon dioxide into marine ecosystems is a natural process, scientists are observing significant impacts of too much carbon dioxide entering this system. As ocean temperatures rise along with global temperatures, plants and animals struggle to adapt to ​higher temperatures. Increased amounts of carbon dioxide entering an aquatic system leads to an increased rate of ocean acidification.

These activities will explore climate impacts to our oceans.

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  • Climate Science & Ocean Warming

    Learn about the importance of marine ecosystems for the environment and understand how these ecosystems are being affected by climate change and ocean warming.

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    11 minutes

  • Climate Science & Ocean Acidification

    Learn about the importance of marine ecosystems for the environment and understand how these ecosystems are being affected by climate change and ocean acidification.

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    Video

    10 minutes

  • Exploring the Rocky Intertidal Ecosystem

    Learn about the Rocky Intertidal Ecosystem and how Cabrillo National Monument works to preserve and protect it!

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    17 minutes

  • Why Melting Glaciers Matter to the Coast

    This video demonstrates how melting land ice raises sea level, but melting sea ice does not. See how warming in far-away places like Antarctica matters to people on coasts world-wide. Teachers can repeat this demonstration with inexpensive materials.

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    Video

    2 minutes

  • Ocean Acidification

    Learn about how climate change is impacting our oceans.

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    Video

    3 minutes

  • Ocean Acidification in a Cup

    Create a carbon dioxide–rich atmosphere in a cup and watch how it changes the water beneath it. This model of ocean-atmosphere interaction shows how carbon dioxide gas diffuses into water, causing the water to become more acidic.

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    3 minutes

  • Global Warming and Oceans Experiment

    A student and teacher from Richland Community College demonstrate this experiment which uses jars and lamps to show the effect of heat from the sun.

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    Video

    4 minutes

  • Plastic Ocean

    Plastic flows from our neighborhoods to the ocean, but it can be tough to see and really hard to quantify! In this lesson, students will be asked to think about how plastic from their house might get to the ocean; what harm it might cause; and how we can count “microplastics” in nature.

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    1 hour

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art activities
 
  • Telling Climate Science Stories with Art

    Hear how this artist tells climate science stories through art!

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    7 minutes

  • Making Climate Art Zines

    Join Alliance Affiliated Artist Skylaar Amann to learn how to make different types of zines and tell important climate stories.

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    Video

    21 minutes

  • Ocean Acidification Watercolors

    Ocean acidification is an important issue regarding climate change and the health of our planet's oceans. Much like vinegar, the ocean is becoming more acidic, and interacting differently with the chemistry of the ocean and the animals that inhabit it. Learn more through this colorful art activity!

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    Video

    3 minutes

  • Sea Changes - Fish Faces

    Make a commitment to protect the fish as the seas change, with this fish face mask!

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    5 minutes

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storytelling
 
  • Change for the Oceans

    This playful story featuring flamingos, walruses, and turtles reminds us that we all share this Earth -- and the responsibility for taking care of it -- and that we can slow the climate crisis by making little changes on our own and big changes together.

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    2 minutes

  • Spotlights

    Check out the variety of great content from the National Park Service Climate Change Response YouTube Channel!

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    Video Series

    Varies

  • Drawing Connections

    Will the sea creatures of Cabrillo National Monument pass the high-stakes test of climate change?

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    Video

    4 minutes

  • Fever in the Oceans

    Temperatures all over the world are rising due to climate change, effecting the marine life around the world. Learn about the oceans, the changes in climate and its affects on the oceans, and what you can do to help preserve our planet with Fever in the Oceans.

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    Video

    6 minutes

  • The Lorax

    Experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful.

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    Video

    20 minutes

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additional resources
 
Climate Science & Oceans Traveling Trunk

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will learn about the importance of marine ecosystems for the environment and understand how these ecosystems are being affected by climate change, ocean acidification, and ocean warming.

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Climate Science + Oceans Traveling Trunk Training

Learn how to use the Climate Science + Oceans Traveling Trunk with your student group.

While participating in the Climate Kids activities of art, science and storytelling, students will learn about the importance of marine ecosystems for the environment and understand how these ecosystems are being affected by climate change, ocean acidification, and ocean warming.

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Video

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14 minutes

General Climate Kids
Resources

Check out the educational materials, coloring books, and fun activities that cover numerous subject topics!

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Multimedia

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Cabrillo National Monument
DUNAS Project
National Network for Ocean and Climate Change Interpretation
San Diego Coastkeeper
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