Activating the next wave of ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy 

Climate Hope

The global Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join students around the world in our annual program that raises awareness about the climate crisis, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, and storytelling.

Creativity in Conservation

Our programs inspire ocean conservation through creative investigating and making. We believe art is a powerful way to explore issues impacting our oceans, connect more deeply with nature, and bring communities together to care for our blue planet.
Our Story
Zero Waste for Our Blue Planet

October 16, 2019

Human health depends on the health of our oceans, and the health of our ocean ecosystems depends on the choices...

New Lesson Plans: Integrating Arts and Climate Change in the...

September 26, 2019

When teaching about the climate crisis, the stakes could not be higher—not only do we want students to learn scientific...

Bow Seat Announces First Class of Educator Innovation Award Winners

September 24, 2019

This year, Bow Seat launched our first-ever Educator Innovation Awards to recognize teachers and youth program coordinators who successfully incorporated...


Art Exhibit at Fundy Discovery Aquarium
St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada
Boston Climate Strike
Boston, MA
NAAEE Annual Conference
Lexington, KY
Elizabeth Goodrich
Age 12, Maine

“After learning about litter, global warming, and invasive species last year, I realized that our ignorance has become a huge problem, and I knew I had to do something. I just didn’t know what. When my teacher told me about Bow Seat, I had my answer. It was a way for me to express my concern and send a message to people about ocean pollution in a creative way. We only have one Earth, and it is our job to take good care of it.”