Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Empowering the next generation of ocean conservationists!

Around the world, our planet’s oceans and their inhabitants face many challenges. As human impacts continuously threaten the health of our marine ecosystems, both locally and globally, it is imperative that we involve youth in a campaign to solve these problems.

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) was created by Sean Russell in 2011 to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. This annual event also teaches participants about the ways other youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and then allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, teach participants about career opportunities in marine conservation, and expose them to opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet's oceans and their inhabitants.

Sean's work spread with the first satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summit held in July 2014 in Annapolis, MD in association with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2014 Conference and the National Aquarium’s Aquarium on Wheels program. The local satellite summit success was followed by the 2015 & 2016 Satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Baltimore. The 2017 Satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summit Baltimore is scheduled for April 23, 2017.

We hope to see you there!

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2017 YOCS Reunion

How to Register

  1. Please complete this application in its entirety.
  2. Submit your completed application by the October 23 deadline.
  3. Please include payment for the $7 registration fee, which includes the summit, Baltimore Harbor boat experience with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, lunch and giveaways. Cash, money order, or check made payable to the National Aquarium are accepted.

Applications must be postmarked by October 23, 2017.

Participants will receive confirmation of participation by October 27, 2017.
Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Reunion Applicants Must:

  • Have previously attended the YOCS–Baltimore summit.
  • Be currently enrolled in grades 9 through college.
  • Be able to attend the Youth Summit independent of a parent/guardian.
  • Have an interest in conservation, environmental science or general science.
  • Pay the $7 registration fee for the event, Baltimore Harbor boat experience with Chesapeake Bay Foundation, lunch and giveaways.


Contact the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit–Baltimore Team at