Educators are our favorite people. To support educators we provide science-based educational resources, presentations, and workshops. We’ve already reached thousands of middle and high school students across the country and we aim to keep improving and growing. We teach about the sources and impact of plastic pollution, and empower the next generation to be a part of the solution.
Wayfinder Society is a free online platform where students explore the environmental and social aspects of plastic pollution through lessons and action items. The program’s real-world and real-time approach to education not only helps students explore the complex systemic nature of the problem, but it also empowers them to participate in meaningful solutions happening now. Designed for ages 11-25.
The Story of Plastic documentary teaching tools
This full length documentary was created to give the plastic pollution movement a powerful tool for change by showing the human side of the story. Watch the film via streaming, or by purchasing a copy for your school, then use the classroom or virtual education guides made by Algalita to process the film with your students.
The Debris Science Investigation Kit is an all-included, prepared activity for educators to use in the classroom. Students rotate through three hands-on activities, including studying microplastics in an ocean gyre sample, investigating the densities of various plastics and their effects on ecosystems, and mapping out where we find plastics in our oceans. 1 hr lesson, NGSS aligned and designed for middle school.
Free for Southern CA public schools educators.
We are out of kits for this school year! You can still request a kit, but we won’t be able to fulfill orders until Fall Semester 2022.
Professional Development Workshops
Become an expert on plastic pollution and empowering youth to be a part of the solution. The state of plastic pollution is a rapidly changing. We will help you stay up to date with the newest developments and will walk you through our educational resources.
This program is currently on hold. Check back soon for updates.
Elementary School Resources
Algalita focuses most of our work on students grades 6 and up, so here are some of our favorite resources to engage younger students!
The fantastic documentary, Microplastic Madness, beautifully outlines the problems with plastic and how they can be addressed at school. Centering environmental justice and people of color in science, this resource exemplifies the future we want. Created by our friends at Cafeteria Culture. Free screenings for title one schools!
Videos & Books
Help us build our community by donating or sharing our resources with a teacher, young person or family member. Together, we can arrive at a future free of plastic pollution.