Pinniped Pollution Project

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The Pinniped Pollution Project (PPP) is a grant-funded program that focuses on ocean pollution and its effects on local marine mammals and the environment. This program is limited to 4th and 5th graders and is approximately 2 hours long. Preference will be given (but is not restricted) to Title 1 schools. If your application is not accepted, we may contact you regarding possible program options. The program is free for accepted schools, but they will need to provide and pay transportation upfront for which PMMC will reimburse (up to $300) after the program.  

The PPP runs 10:00 am – 12:00 pm Monday – Friday. One classroom will be permitted per day.  If your application is not accepted, we may contact you regarding possible program options.

In order to provide data on the effectiveness of this program, students will begin their visit with a short pre-test that will serve as a baseline.


The body of the program consists of three sections:

  1. Pollution sources

  2. Effects of pollutants on marine life

  3. How reducing packaging can reduce the amount of trash in the ocean

 At the conclusion of the program students will:

  1. Understand the role PMMC plays in our environmental community.

  2. Describe how pollution can harm sea life.

  3. Explain what they can do to eliminate marine pollution.

Students will be administered a post-test to gauge comprehension of pollution sources, effects, and solutions before they leave the center.

The Pinniped Pollution Project meets these Common Core State and Next Generation Science standards:

Supports Common Core State Standard: ELA-Literacy.W.4&5-1.a.b.d.

Disciplinary Core Ideas:

LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organisms

LS2.C: Ecosystem Dynamics, Functioning, and Resilience

ESS3.C: Human Impacts on Earth Systems

ETS2: Links among Engineering, Technology, Science, and Society

Science and Engineering Practices:

Asking Questions and defining problems

Developing and using models

Crosscutting Concepts: 

Cause and Effect, Mechanism and explanation

Performance Expectations:  Students who demonstrate understanding will create strategies for minimizing amounts of non-point source pollution in their neighborhood. They will create and present persuasive photo presentations on the topic of plastic pollution.


School should submit an invoice to PMMC for busing reimbursement, up to $300. Please submit invoice to:

What People Are Saying About PPP

100% of evaluation respondents agreed that this program did an excellent job at teaching students about human impact on the watershed and ways we can reduce that impact.

Your program and your teachers get better every year!
— 4/12/2017 10:34 AM
I was very pleased with your program.
— 11/16/2016 3:28 PM