Ashbrooke House School students during Cool Seas Clean Up programme Ali Naulls

Our education volunteers are at the heart of our work sharing the importance of our ocean for people and planet with younger generations.

We all share one ocean and we want everyone to benefit from it. To do this we all need to learn about why our ocean is important and what we need to do to protect it.

When people understand that a healthy planet needs a healthy ocean, they’ll become more motivated to help it recover.

How you can help

From classrooms to community science fairs and Brownies to beach cleans, there are so many ways to engage with young people and offer them fun and exciting ways to learn.

You could offer support in a classroom, help at a beach clean, connect with your local youth groups, organise and support an Ocean-Friendly School or help us produce resources.

There are lots of ways you can get involved - find out more about how you can help inspire the next generation below.

Ocean Superheroes live lesson at Woodmansterne School Misaki Nambu

Ocean Superheroes live lesson at Woodmansterne School (Misaki Nambu)

Credit: Misaki Nambu

We're developing new initiatives, building longer-term relationships with educators and students, and finding opportunities to deliver in exciting ways and spaces outdoors, indoors and online.

You can share this journey with us, become part of our valued team, feel satisfied to have done something worthwhile and have fun, all at the same time.

“I would really encourage people to get involved in educational sessions as they are so rewarding, and enjoyable."

Imogen, Sea Champion.

Run education sessions in schools

If you want to run sessions on marine conservation in schools, then we can provide you with training, support and resources to help you. We DBS check all of our volunteers running face-to-face sessions, and our education team can provide all sorts of top tips from years in classrooms or running interactive sessions outdoors.

An MCS Schools Workshop

Help develop resources

If you work in a school or have experience teaching children and are keen to help out behind the scenes, then we’re always looking for ideas and feedback on our resources.

If you’d like to help create engaging resources for young people, offer feedback on improving our education activities, or if you have skills you could share then we'd love to hear from you.

Promote our education work

This role is all about spreading the word and getting our resources out there. You might help remotely with tasks like gathering contacts for promoting events, or spending time in your local area engaging schools and groups like Brownies, Cubs and Guides, in our work.

The role can be done whenever best suits you , daytime, evenings, or weekends, so whether you have a little or a lot of time available, we'd love to hear from you.

Set up an Ocean-Friendly School

We want all schools to be Ocean-Friendly Schools: a whole school committed to learning about and doing all they can to help save our seas.

To do this, we need Champions with great marine knowledge to engage local schools. You don’t need to be a teacher, but we’d recommend having a close connection with a school near you so you can be on hand to work closely with the staff and pupils.

We provide schools with all the resources they need to become ocean friendly – with reward schemes along the way.

Help at a beach clean or citizen science project 

If you want to get involved in education, but aren’t quite ready to run your own sessions, why not get involved and support others running practical activities instead?

Our team of staff and volunteers often run beach cleans or other citizen science activities with schools, and we often need extra people to help out with setting up surveys or giving extra support to students.

Rockpool finds during CSCU with Oggmore Rougemont school Emma Gascoigne

Rockpool finds during CSCU with Oggmore Rougemont school

Credit: Emma Gascoigne

I’m keen – what do I do?

To find out more about any of these activities please complete our online application form or contact us by emailing education@mcsuk.org and we can tell you more about the next steps and any relevant training required.

We’d love for you to get involved!

Explore our amazing ocean in school or at home with resources for teachers, families and young people.

Dive in!