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Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Calling all teens to save the ocean!

PDZA’s Zachary Hawn teaches 2017 YOCS teens about marine life.

Our ocean is in danger – from plastic, pollution, overfishing and climate change. But thanks to a partnership between Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and Seattle Aquarium, local youth can learn and be inspired to help protect it.

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit is a one-day event from 9:30am-4:30pm on February 8, 2020. Held this year at Point Defiance Zoo, it inspires local youth to take action in their communities by creating projects that promote conservation of our marine environment. Students will learn from local experts and work with fellow youth to develop the skills and resources necessary to plan and execute their own ocean conservation projects.

Learn & take action

Participants at the 2017 YOCS at Point Defiance Zoo.

The summit will feature 12 speakers including Grace Hope of 350 Tacoma, Karen Povey of Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Dune Ives of Lonely Whale and more, plus talks from youth who have led their own conservation projects. Workshops will be led by experts on a variety of topics including volunteer coordination, community outreach, grant writing and funding, government advocacy and policy, public speaking, environmental equity, social media campaigns, storytelling, community sustainability and more.

Participants will leave with an action plan to carry out their own conservation projects in the community. Following the summit, attendees will have the opportunity to apply for grants of up to $200 to help fund their conservation projects.

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit is co-hosted by youth volunteers from Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium and the Seattle Aquarium. In 2017 it was held at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, and in 2018 at the Seattle Aquarium.

Open to all youth in grades 7-12.

Cost is $10, but need-based scholarships are available. Please contact to request a scholarship.

Lunch and materials provided.

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