2019: The Ocean Challenge
Ocean Conservation

Ocean Challenge Launch FINAL 2018 Launch v7

Help save our ocean and coastal communities.

The world’s ocean and the people who live closest to it face urgent environmental challenges—but you can help. For every artwork you create, the Bezos Family Foundation will make a donation to programs training coastal youth in ocean conservation and coral restoration. Ready to dive in?

How it Works

From learning to action in a few simple steps.

We’ve made it easy and fun for students to take action in support of our ocean while also taking away lasting lessons in global citizenship, marine science, and more. Just follow these steps:
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1. Register, Set, Go.

First, register—it’s both easy and required. Then, dip into our resources and join teachers and students worldwide in exploring the ocean, coral reefs, and the people who live closest to them.


2. Make ocean-inspired paper art and send it to us.

Use what you learn to create sea creatures (or an entire reef!) from paper or other recycled materials (think origami, collage—anything you can create with accessible materials.) You can submit your art digitally with photos or send us the art via mail.


3. Help heal the ocean—and support the communities that depend on it most.

For every artwork you send us, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate $2 (up to $500K) toward youth-focused ocean conservation and restoration efforts in coastal communities, helping to increase awareness, provide jobs and build community resilience.

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Get Started

Free teaching materials for any K-12 setting.

Minimize prep time and maximize student engagement with our curricula, lesson plans, and other resources. Many are informed by national standards, all are flexible enough for any setting, and all are free of charge. Below are the essential overview materials, and there's many more to explore on our [Resources](http://www.studentsrebuild.org/resources "Resources") page.
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Why the Ocean?

The ocean sustains us. It’s time to return the favor.

All living things depend on the ocean—for oxygen, food, a stable climate, and more. But warming temperatures, overfishing, and pollution are negatively affecting ocean waters and marine life, and those effects will touch all of us worldwide—unless we act quickly.

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Coastal communities stand to lose the most.

For the 60 percent of the population that lives on coastlines, the stakes are even higher.

In particular, coastal residents and those with low incomes are disproportionately affected. These communities contribute the least to damaging the ocean, yet experience the brunt of the problems that result.

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You can help turn the tide.

First, learn about the threats facing our ocean. Second, create a sea creature from paper and consider one thing you can do personally to help protect the ocean. Then send your art to us. For every artwork we receive, the Bezos Family Foundation will donate funding to educate and train a new generation of citizen-conservationists who can help bring our ocean back to health.


Youth supporting youth.

The donations your art generates will fund youth-focused, science-based programs in partnership with The Nature Conservancy and other deserving organizations. Young people will gain valuable education and practical job skills as they monitor and evaluate local waters and help restore endangered coral reefs. We expect the programs to engage more than 3,500 coastal youth.

Ocean Communities

Showcasing the problem—and your art.

To highlight the urgency of the threats facing our ocean, we’ll work with an artist to create an exhibit featuring student-centered art. That means your work could appear in a major public venue and help teach others about the need for ocean conservation. Check back for more information on how this year’s art will be exhibited once the challenge ends.

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Interactive Map

Check out this year's teams and projects!

Students all over the world are stepping up to save the ocean. Register to be added to the map, and check back often to discover the location of new teams. Click on the fish icons to learn more about the global projects your participation will help fund.
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Have you registered?

Registering is free, easy, and ensures that every artwork you create results in a donation. (It’s also required.)



Ocean Challenge Gallery

Meet our partners, read inspiring notes, and see ocean art from teachers and students around the world.

We love our museum teams! In New York, the American Museum of Natural History has hosted their Milstein Science Series: Layers of the Ocean. Through that program, they have created 2,000 sea creatures to date!

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These colorful origami fish were created by the SEM Surfers team of San Elijo Middle School in San Marcos, California. Together, this team has already submitted 589 sea creatures raising over $1,000 for ocean conservation.

This recycled material sea creature is one of nearly 500 made by the Beach Guardian Team of Padstow, England! Beach Guardian was co-founded by Emily who is now a 21-year-old marine biology graduate.

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We love the diversity of sea creatures that our teams are making! The bio-diversity in our ocean is reflected in the creativity of the Amigos del Mundo team from Midwest City High in Oklahoma.

Many classrooms and groups are creating large ocean displays. This one is from Sea Saviors team of the 1st College Heights Girls Guides of Canada. Their team has submitted 38 creatures so far and raised $76!

This photo was taken in Grenada during Reef Week. Through the Ocean Challenge, participants will be supporting similar work and projects in the Dominican Republic and The Bahamas.

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Our ocean is teeming with life and we all rely on it for survival. Through the Ocean Challenge we are excited to explore and learn more through the work of The Nature Conservancy.

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"Without the reefs, the beaches disappear. We're learning how to take care of our island. And the fish, too. Without a reef, no fish." - Joseph, 10, Alpha Junior School.

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Young people from the Bronx Science Key Club helped create ocean creatures ahead of our Challenge launch!

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This year we are excited to be partnering with Ocean Collectiv to help identify and support amazing organizations impacting vulnerable coastal communities.

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