Resources

Education and Curriculum

Plastic Density Activity: In this hands-on lab, learn about different plastic polymers and which ones float vs. sink in water. This can be done in a classroom setting and is suitable for middle school to high school age groups. You will need some jars of water and various materials from the recycling bin.

Plastic Distribution Mapping Activity: Use a small portion of the SEA ocean plastic dataset to practice plotting points on a map by hand, and answer questions about microplastic distribution at the surface of the North Atlantic Ocean. This activity is suitable for high school students.

Kahoot: Test your students’ knowledge on ocean plastic pollution with our Kahoot. This quiz is suitable for middle to high schoolers, or anyone who wants a challenge!

Density Activity
Distribution Activity
Plastics Kahoot

Trash Shouldn't Splash postcard designs by Falmouth High School students.

Local

Trash Shouldn’t Splash is a program aiming to reduce plastic waste entering the ocean through educational initiatives promoting a shift from single-use plastic items to reusables. The program is a partnership between Sea Education Association, Falmouth Water Stewards/Skip the Straw, and the NOAA Marine Debris Program. Trash Shouldn’t Splash educates people of all ages in the Falmouth, MA area on the state of knowledge on plastic pollution in our oceans, its environmental impacts, and the many actions we can take as individuals, businesses, and communities to reduce single-use plastic use.

The Falmouth Water Stewards is a non-profit organization dedicated to protecting and restoring the local water resources of Falmouth, MA. Their mission is to protect, preserve, and restore Falmouth’s bays, estuaries, salt ponds, and fresh waters through education, advocacy and citizen science. REfill, REuse Falmouth is a Falmouth Water Stewards program that aims to reduce the use of single-use plastic bottles by installing water bottle refill kiosks in the community. Each water station has a drinking fountain, two bottle-refill ports and a bowl for dogs to drink. The stations are wheelchair accessible and operate from mid-May through early November. See the map here.

Trash Shouldn’t Splash
Falmouth Water Stewards

Have you encountered an entangled animal in Massachusetts, or near Cape Cod? Please contact an entanglement hotline!

Have thoughts on plastic pollution in your community? Contact your representatives!

Falmouth Selectboard 

selectboard@falmouthma.gov

(508) 495-7320

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

swac@falmouthma.gov

Governor Charlie Baker

Charlie Baker email form

(617) 725-4005

State Representative: Dylan Fernandes

dylan.fernandes@mahouse.gov

(617) 722-2013

Outreach

Dr. Kara Lavender Law has presented on ocean plastic pollution to audiences across the country and internationally. Her talks detail the current scientific knowledge on microplastics, their impacts on human and environmental health, the sources of plastic pollution into the ocean, and the suite of solutions required to address this environmental problem.

Beyond Plastics: A Global Look at Plastic in the Ocean

May 11th, 2022

Bennington College 

Bennington, VT (virtual)

The State of Knowledge on Microplastics

January 27th, 2020

National Academies Keynote Address

Washington, D.C.

Plastic Oceans: The Science behind an Environmental Crisis

April 4th, 2019

Franklin and Marshall College

Lancaster, Pennsylvania