Clean Ocean Action

Environmental Action & Education Programs

Since 1984, Clean Ocean Action has been using research, public education and citizen action to improve the quality of the waters off the New Jersey/New York coast. Our belief is that people will take action to protect things that they love. Together, we must act quickly and effectively to keep our ocean clean.


Clean Ocean Action has developed many different education programs and resources to engage citizens in the protection of the ocean. Follow the links below for more information on these unique and interactive programs. Please note the purple tabs/links on the left hand side of the screen for more information on Clean Ocean Action's education programs.


Click here for a printable brochure that outlines Clean Ocean Action's education programs.



Open to the Public

Cost: Free

For more information on the Beach Sweeps, please click here.




Student Summit

Open to Middle School Students (Public & Private)

Cost: Free

For more information about the Student Summit, please click on above link.

The Student Summit is designed to provide NJ middle-school students  an opportunity to experience hands-on, marine environmental education at the Jersey Shore. Some activities are:

  • Horseshoe Crab Discovery & Handling
  • Seashell Identification
  • Invertebrate Identification
  • Project Terrapin
  • Activities to identify and propose solutions for non-point source pollution
  • Climate change and sea level rise.

The Spring Student Summit is for middle schools of these central and northern NJ counties: Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Mercer, Monmouth, Middlesex, Somerset, Union, Essex, Hudson, Bergen, Passaic and Morris.

The Fall Student Summit is for middle schools of these southern NJ counties: Ocean, Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May and Atlantic.




Become an Education Ambassador!

Do you love COA? Are you a teacher or are you comfortable doing trained presentations in front of groups? If so, then the Clean Ocean Action Education Ambassador program is for you! Educators can assist Clean Ocean Action's education program by conducting presentations about ocean pollution issues to school and community groups across the state of New Jersey.

To learn more about the program responsibilites, time requirements, and compensation, please review Education Ambassador Job Description.

If interested, fill out an application and get started teaching! 

For more information, please contact Catie Tobin at 732-872-0111.



Clean Ocean Action Presentations

Open to the Public

Cost: COA generally asks for a $100 donation for a 50 minute presentation

For more information about the Educational Presentations, please click on above link. To request a presentation, please click here

Clean Ocean Action offers informative marine environmental presentations to teach students about the issues surrounding ocean pollution. All presentations are tailored to the age and size of the audience.




Barnegat Bay Buddy Challenge

Open to Ocean County Home Owners

Cost: Free

For more information about Barnegat Bay Buddy or to fill out the application, please click on the link above.

Excessive nitrogen from lawn care fertilizers, as well as other land-based pollution from pet waste, deforestation, overdevelopment, and air pollution are destroying the fragile and unique ecosystem of Barnegat Bay.  Clean Ocean Action and Save Barnegat Bay have developed the "Barnegat Bay Buddy" challenge to raise awareness about the pollution problem in the bay and to engage homeowners and businesses.  Citizens earn points by taking actions that will reduce the pollution entering the Bay from their properties and are awarded a yard sign (100% recycled aluminum) to show their support and hard work. Application can be downloaded.



Wreck Pond Pals

Open to residents of Spring Lake, Sea Girt, Spring Lake Heights, and Wall Twp. 

Cost: Free

For more information about Pond Pals or to fill out an application, please click on the link above. 

Wreck Pond is 12 square-miles of important habitat for shore birds and fish, especially herring. The health of these waters are threatened by multiple problems. For example, fecal contamination pollutes both the pond and nearby storm drains, which can affect ocean waters and pose health risks to pond users and beach goers. Sources can included leaking sewers, pet waste, and nuisance waterfowl. 

With the help of citizens, towns, Monmouth County, Rutgers University, and state and federal agencies, COA created the Wreck Pond Pals to challenge residents to complete small actions in order to make a big difference in a continued effort to protect the health of these waters and prevent flooding. 



Main Office:
Clean Ocean Action
18 Hartshorne Drive, Suite 2
Highlands, NJ 07732
Voice: (732) 872-0111
FAX: (732) 872-8041

A member of Earth Share of New Jersey