Youth Ocean Conservation Summit 2014

July 22, 2014

NMEA 2014 Conference Website

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.

National Marine Educators Association

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 is now spreading with the first satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summit to be held on July 22, 2014 in Annapolis, MD in association with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2014 Conference and the National Aquarium’s Aquarium on Wheels program. We hope to see you there!

Application Requirements

All YOCS applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled in grades 9 - 12
  • Be able to attend the Youth Summit independent of a parent/guardian
  • Have an interest in conservation, environmental science/studies, or general science
  • Upon notification of acceptance in mid-June, pay $20.00 registration fee (lunch & give-a-ways included).

How To Apply

Download and complete the application form. Applications must be postmarked by May 16, 2014.


Email the YOCS Team at or call 410-371-9802

2014 Schedule

  • 8:00 - 8:15 am
    Early Registration for Dr. Edith Widder Session Participants ONLY*
  • 8:15 - 9:30 am
    Dr. Edith Widder Session*
  • 9:30 -10:00 am
    Break for Early Session Participants & Registration
  • 10:00 - 10:15 am
  • 10:20 - 10:30 am
    YOCS Team Stories & Conservation Plans
  • 10:30 - 10:55 am
    Marketing and Branding Session
  • 10:55 - 11:35 am
    Communications Session
  • 11:35 - 12:50 pm
    Lunch Offsite
  • 12:50 - 1:35 pm
    Art in Conservation Session
  • 1:35 - 2:00 pm
    Fundraising Session
  • 2:00 - 3:00 pm
    Conservation Action Planning Session
  • 3:00 - 3:30 pm
    Exhibit Hall Exploration
  • 3:30 - 4:00 pm
    Closing with Q&A Session

*Optional Speaker Session - Dr. Edith Widder is the keynote speaker at the NMEA Conference who is an ocean conservationist and deep-sea explorer.

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