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The 2024 Ocean Awareness Contest – Tell Your Climate Story – encourages you to become a climate witness and to creatively share your personal experiences, insights, or perceptions about our changing climate reality. Use this opportunity to learn about the climate crisis and how it impacts your family and community, and to examine your individual responses to our evolving world. The Contest deadline is June 10, 2024.

U.S.-based Black, Indigenous, and/or Latine youth are especially encouraged to participate and are eligible for special awards!

Bow Seat Timeline

For more than a decade, Bow Seat has inspired young ocean caretakers through creative expression. Check out our interactive timeline to learn more about our program history and exciting milestones!
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The Ocean Awareness Contest’s Visual Arts Category Now Has Two...

February 28, 2024

By Linda Cabot, Founder & President of Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs There is something about getting your hands dirty...

Bow Seat and the Future Blue Youth Council Announce the...

February 16, 2024

In 2021, Bow Seat collaborated with our Future Blue Youth Council (FBYC) to launch the Fellowship Grant Program. Established by...

Green Literature: Inspiring Change Through Words

February 5, 2024

By Tafadzwa Ashely Gore, 2024 Future Blue Youth Council member Featured Image: “The Book of the Earth” by Denis Avdic...


Boston Harbor Environmental Education Workshop
Boston, MA
Massachusetts Environmental Education Society Annual Conference
Worcester, MA
High School Marine Science Symposium
Boston, MA
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.”