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 engage 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 allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit provide participants with the skills necessary to successfully implement conservation projects, access to career opportunities in marine conservation—and exposure to solutions-based action they can take to help protect our planet's ocean and its inhabitants.

Sean's work spread through 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. This satellite summit's success prompted the 2015–2018 Satellite YOCS-Baltimore events. The 2019 Satellite YOCS-Baltimore summit is scheduled for April 27, 2019.

2019 Schedule: Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for Conservation Action

8:30 am
Registration & Mix/Mingle

9 am
Welcome from the YOCS Team

9:15 am
Keynote Speaker

10 am
Icebreaker Session

10:30 am
Promise for the Planet Youth Award Recognition & Youth Speakers

11 am
Action Planning Session

12 pm

12:45 pm

1:30 pm
Workshop #1

2:00 pm
Workshop #2

2:30 pm
Game Session

2:45 pm
Workshop #3

3:15 pm
Workshop #4

3:45 pm

4 pm
YOCS Baltimore Concludes

*schedule subject to change

Directions and Parking

The event takes place at the main National Aquarium building located at 501 East Pratt Street Baltimore, Maryland 21202. For more specific direction and parking options, visit

We hope to see you there!

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2019 YOCS-Baltimore

How to Register

  1. Download, sign and scan the photo release (or Spanish version) and waiver.
  2. Please complete the online registration in its entirety, which includes uploading forms signed by parent/guardian.
  3. Submit your completed registration by the April 23 deadline.
  4. Please send payment for the registration fee of $15, which includes the summit, lunch and giveaways. Cash, money order or check made payable to the National Aquarium are accepted.

Online registrations must be completed by April 23, 2019, and fee must be postmarked by April 23, 2019.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

YOCS Registrants 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 or general science.
  • Pay the $15 registration fee for the summit, lunch and giveaways.


Contact the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit–Baltimore Team at