Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Save the Date - 2012 Youth Ocean Conservation Summit!

Mark your calendars – the second annual Youth Ocean Conservation Summit
will be held on Saturday, November 3rd, 2012 at Mote Marine Laboratory in Sarasota, FL!
This event will provide youth participants with the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about current threats facing marine ecosystems. Participants will also have the chance to learn about the ways youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit will allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement their ocean conservation projects, teach participants about career opportunities in marine conservation,
and expose them to opportunities they can take part in to help protect our planet's oceans and their inhabitants. New workshops and sessions will be offered for returning participants to further develop their ongoing ocean conservation work!

New this year:
- Community Ocean Conservation Film Festival:
To broaden our reach to the community, on the evening of Friday, November 2nd, we will be hosting a screening of the award-winning film, This is Your Ocean: Sharks as well as showcasing youth-driven environmental initiatives to members of the community.
- Youth Ocean Conservation Film Competition: To engage young people across the country in our ocean summit programming, we will be hosting a film competition from June-September for students in grades K-12. Students will highlight ocean conservation issues through these films, and winning films will be shown to the public at our film screening on November 2nd!

Online registration, the event schedule, workshop descriptions, summit program, and sponsorship information will be available online at: http://www.stowitdontthrowitproject.org/pb/wp_a9baf081/wp_a9baf081.html the first week of June!

We hope you’ll join us for this exciting event! Please also spread the word about this opportunity to your friends, colleagues, and fellow ocean enthusiasts!

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