Youth Ocean Conservation Summit

Empowering the next generation of ocean conservationists!

Around the world, our planet's oceans and their inhabitants face many challenges. As human impacts continuously threaten the health of our marine ecosystems, both locally and globally, it is imperative that we involve youth in a campaign to solve these problems.

The Youth Ocean Conservation Summit (YOCS) was created by Sean Russell in 2011 to provide youth participants the opportunity to learn from marine scientists and conservationists about the current threats facing marine ecosystems, both locally and globally. This annual event also teaches participants about the ways other youth are currently working to protect marine ecosystems, and then allows them to work with their peers to develop action plans for their own ocean conservation projects. Workshops offered at the summit allow participants to gain the skills necessary to successfully implement 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.

Sean's work spread with the first satellite Youth Ocean Conservation Summit held in July 2014 in Annapolis, MD in association with the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) 2014 Conference and the National Aquarium's Aquarium on Wheels program. This satellite summit's success prompted the 2015–2017 Satellite YOCS-Baltimore events. The 2018 Satellite YOCS-Baltimore summit is scheduled for April 22, 2018.

We hope to see you there!

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2018 YOCS-Baltimore

How to Register

  1. Please complete this application in its entirety.
  2. Submit your completed application by the April 13 deadline.
  3. Please include payment for the registration fee of $15, which includes the summit, tour, lunch and giveaways. Cash, money order, or check made payable to the National Aquarium are accepted.

Applications and fee must be postmarked by April 13, 2018.

Participants will receive confirmation of participation by April 17, 2018.

Space is limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

YOCS Applicants Must:

  • Be currently enrolled in grades 9-12.
  • Be able to attend the Youth Summit independent of a parent/guardian.
  • Have an interest in conservation, environmental science, or general science.
  • Pay the $15 registration fee for the summit, tour, lunch, and giveaways.


Contact the Youth Ocean Conservation Summit–Baltimore Team at