Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit empowers middle and high school students across the country with the knowledge, skills and resources necessary to successfully implement ocean conservation projects in their local communities.

Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant will host this year’s Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) for students grades 6-12 on Saturday, Feb. 24, 2024 from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The 10th annual summit will take place in-person at the UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium on Skidaway Island near Savannah. The theme for this year is “Leaders in Coastal Resilience.”

This event will allow participants to:

  • Discover and embrace their personal connection to the Georgia coast.
  • Learn about ocean conservation topics.
  • Find out about citizen science efforts that help keep our oceans and communities healthy.
  • Develop community project plans concerning ocean conservation or coastal resilience.
  • Attend skill-building workshops on oceans and human health, and community involvement.
  • Hear from past YOCS participants and other young environmental leaders about their ocean conservation projects.
  • Connect and network with other interested students and professionals.

The summit is limited to 50 students on a first-come, first-serve basis. A $5 registration fee includes a t-shirt, lunch and all summit materials.

We are excited by the overwhelming interest in the 2024 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit. At this time, registration is now FULL. Students are welcome to join the waitlist and will be contacted if a spot becomes available. 


If you have any questions, please email fish@uga.edu.

This event is made possible thanks to private donations from Friends of Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant. Learn more here: https://gacoast.uga.edu/give/   

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