The University of Georgia Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant would like to invite middle and high school students to participate in the eighth annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) on Saturday, February 26, 2022, 8:30 a.m-5 p.m., at the UGA Aquarium and Marine Education Center on Skidaway Island, 30 Ocean Science Circle in Savannah.
YOCS is designed to empower students with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to successfully implement ocean conservation projects in their local communities. This is a great opportunity for students to develop their interests, gain new skills in environmental literacy, and connect with other students and professionals interested in ocean conservation.
The theme of the conference this year is “YOUR Connection to the Coast.” Students will participate in skills-building workshops, learn from marine scientists and environmental stewards, speak with past YOCS participants, and develop their own ocean conservation projects. Lessons and activities will revolve around coastal species identification, ocean and human health, coastal ecology, and citizen science. Students should be prepared for a busy and exciting day!
We encourage any interested middle school and high school students (grades 6-12) to register online at https://gacoast.uga.edu/youth-ocean-conservation-summit/. Registration closes January 28, 2022 and the event is limited to 50 students on a first-come, first-served basis. The $10 registration fee includes a morning and afternoon snack, T-shirt, and all conference materials. Due to staff limitations, we are asking that all students bring their own lunches to the conference. Those with dietary restrictions are invited to bring their own snacks as well.
For more information, please contact the YOCS planning team at firstname.lastname@example.org or (912) 598-2354.