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Talking Trash for Clean Oceans!



Program Flyer and Application Form

Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Leadership Project - a service-learning opportunity in which the teens meet twice a week with SSCW staff after school to learn about marine debris, discover the problem, and design and implement solutions.

Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Teens in Action

"Drain SmART Salem"

In 2016 and 2017, teens worked with the Salem Public Art Director, Deborah Greel, to select sites and artists to paint colorful, educational murals on city stormdrains around downtown Salem! Murals illustrate the connection between stormdrains and the ocean....that stormdrains lead directly into the ocean and can transport harmful chemicals and trash into the marine environment.


by Kevin O'Connell and Natasha Lee Evans, onwaves design.
Splash says all stormdrains "drain to the ocean!" Listen to Splash, he's a smart Turtle!


Drain SmART: Story Map showing the murals and locations


Student-led projects have been remarkably successful in preventing marine debris and have initiated positive change throughout Salem Sound.

We welcome and thank our Partners:

LEAP for Education

Salem Academy Charter School

City of Salem Public Schools

Peabody Essex Museum

New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center

CSL Americas

NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach - Salem Sound Coastwatch was one of 10 groups across the nation being funded through the NOAA Marine Debris Prevention through Education and Outreach in 2015 - 2016.

This program was so successful that we have continued it in 2017 and 2018.


Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Discovery Day

In addition, Salem Sound Coastwatch developed programing for 4th through high school students. Hands-on activities help students learn about marine debris and make the connection between trash on the street and the health of the oceans. A teacher kit with materials for 6 learning acitivities and curriculium is available to borrow from the New England Aquarium Teacher Resource Center.


Talking Trash Discovery Booklet - students are given a booklet to take home to share with their families as a way to reinforce the learning from the Talking Trash for Clean Oceans Discovery Day. View Splash the Turtle online.


Coastal cleanups are held in the spring and fall.


Learn more about marine debris.