5 Ways to Discover the Ocean from Home

By Shelley Brown

Around the world, people are staying home in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. If you are becoming a little stir crazy staying indoors, the ocean can provide a sense of calm and wonder. Below are five ways that you can explore, enjoy and support the ocean from the comfort of your home.

1. Organize an ocean-themed game night

Our Kids Environmental Lesson Plans (KELP) program consists of downloadable marine science activities, including games that the whole family can play. Whale Food Chain Jenga, Coastal Matching and the Hermit Crab Game are fun, educational, and perfect for a game night. Additionally, we are sharing a KELP Activity of the Day highlighting some of our most popular lesson plans that can be done from the safety of your home. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for featured KELP activities and ocean highlights.

2. Become an expert on your favorite sea creature

Ever wonder how the green sea turtle got its name or why hammerhead sharks have a unique shaped head? From sea turtles and sharks to octopus and corals, you can dive deep into life under our oceans with Oceana’s Marine Life Encyclopedia and learn fun facts about hundreds of marine animals and ecosystems.

3. Learn how water benefits our health and well being

Have you ever felt happy or rejuvenated after spending time near, on or in the water? In the book Blue Mind, marine biologist, Dr. Wallace J. Nichols discusses the science behind how the proximity to water can have a remarkable, positive impact on our minds and bodies.

4. Sneak a peek underwater

If you are craving for some time near or under the ocean waves, check out explore.org for live footage of breathtaking seascapes and marine wildlife.

5. Stay involved to protect our seas

While we may not be able to enjoy our waterways in person right now, the oceans are still in trouble and we need your help to protect and restore them. Join our leading community of Green Boaters to stay informed and take action on pressing ocean health issues.