Rainy Day Kits

The Sailors for the Sea Rainy Day Kits are environmental lesson plans focused on marine ecology that can be taught to students on the dock or in the classroom.

Our Rainy Day Kits have been contributed by top marine science institutions and are created so they can easily be taught by teachers, camp or sailing instructors who may not have a background in environmental science or the budget to purchase extensive materials.

We have developed lessons that are flexible and fun while still being substantial, as we believe that children with an understanding of the underwater ecosystems are more likely to develop a strong passion for protecting the earth’s waters.

Sailors for the Sea's Rainy Day Kits are available for free download. After you use any of these lesson plans, please take a moment to fill out our feedback form so that we may continue to improve the program.

Jr. Sailors for the Sea, All Ages

Students model the effects of more advanced technology on the population sizes of fish.

A fun scavenger hunt that gives students understanding of what can be found on beaches, giving an introduction to beach ecology and the role of manmade objects.

A creative game that shows the effects of longline fishing on the health of the ocean ecosystem.

An activity that plays with light at different depths of the oceans and discusses adaptations organisms have made for different light conditions.

A simple matching game for visually identifying fish and gaining an understanding of which can be sustainably harvested.

A game of freeze tag that gives an understanding of the interaction of oyster reefs and toxic waste (pollution) in the water.

A tag inspired game that demonstrates how plastics and the chemicals in plastics are bio-magnified to reach our dinner plates.

Students illustrate the effects of the land use in a watershed by simulating development of their own riverfront property.

Savvy Sailors, Ages 9 and Up

Students create mini-ocean environments and introduce nutrients to see what happens in the estuaries where fresh and salt water meet.

Students learn about the water cycle and the principles of filtering water by designing and building their own filters, then testing them with "dirty water."

Students participate in a mock debate that highlights many of the groups that who use the ocean's natural resources and introduces the principles of the Law of the Sea.

A hands on activity that illustrates the different sources of sand including biological, geological and man-made.

Students learn about the variation of size in marine organisms in the local marine environment, while building dip and plankton nets.

Students carry out a beach transect, learning about the prevalence and sources of plastic pollution in the oceans. 

Advanced Sailors, Ages 12 and Up

Students create a cutout model of a clam to investigate the anatomy and physiology of these animals.

This activity demonstrates Thermohaline Circulation throughout the world's oceans and the relative densities of cold and warm waters.

This activity uses an interactive narrative to illustrate the different sources of pollution, historic and modern, to a body of water.

Students create a simple scientific instrument and learn about the role of sediment in their local waters.