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Marine Education Publications

Teaching guides and information on our marine environment for K-12 educators.

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Guide to the Salt Marshes and Tidal Creeks of the Southeastern United States

This comprehensive guide, produced in partnership by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, S.C. Sea Grant Consortium, and Clemson Extension, provides an overview of salt marsh and tidal creek ecosystems in the southeastern United States. The guide includes information on species identification and classification, ecosystem services and threats, cultural and historical highlights, and stewardship opportunities.

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South Carolina: Our Amazing Coast

This curriculum contains teacher resources and lesson plans for grades 3-5. Lessons are aligned with the South Carolina Science Curriculum Standards and are written in a “learning focused” format. Includes background on South Carolina features, such as geology, climate, and plants, plus fast facts and a list of web resources.

Of Sand and Sea cover showing children examining a beach.

Of Sand and Sea: Teachings From the Southeastern Shoreline

Paula Keener-Chavis and Leslie Reynolds Sautter. This book answers questions about the ocean – how it was formed and what lives in it. The book contains a comprehensive explanation of ocean zones, plate tectonics, the hydrologic cycle, and the physical and chemical properties of the ocean.

Microplastics in estuaries poster.

Microplastics in Estuaries

This colorful poster describes how plastics degrade into microplastics, potential effects on wildlife of microplastic ingestion, and features several easy things people can do to help reduce the amount of plastics in the environment. Printed copies are available for pick up at the S.C. Sea Grant Consortium office.

Cover of the publication showing an illustration of the beach.

The Educator’s Guide to Marine Debris

This publication is designed for educators in both formal and informal settings. The guide includes information about marine debris, lessons useful for middle-school levels, and regional and national marine debris resource listings.