Oil Spill Education Information

This page supports the Oil Spill Professional Development program sponsored by the NOAA Office of Education.  Information, presentations, and questions and answers for both programs (April 30, 2011 and January 28, 2012), can be accessed here. For more information, contact your state's program cooordinator.

Post-testing and evaluation is closed. If you have a question concerning follow-up for the program please contact your state program coordinator.

An Oil Spill Professional Development Program for Educators
Winter Program - January 28, 2012 Presentations

New! Questions and answers are now available. Recorded program is now available for viewing.

Mississippi: Dr. Julia Lytle bio, University of Southern Mississippi
Oil Pollution 101 Presentation PDF, Questions & Answers

Alabama: Dr. Mark Woodry bio, MS Grand Bay Research Reserve – Mississippi State University
Birdlife response northern coast of the Gulf of Mexico to Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Presentation PDF
Questions & Answers

Florida: Dr. Richard Snyder bio, University of West Florida
Toxicity Risk, Bioavailability, and Biodegration of Oil Presentation PDF; Questions & Answers

Louisiana:Dr. Julie Anderson bio, Louisiana State University – Louisiana Sea Grant
Dispersants Presentation PDF; Questions and Answers

Web Stream
New! To view an archive of the program presentations please go here. The site was temporarily down due to server problems but is now available again.

Spring 2011 Program Presentations and Questions & Answers

Alabama: Dr. Frank Hernandez, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Sargassum in the northern Gulf of Mexico PDF Presentation
Questions & Answers

Florida: Ms. Barbara Albrecht, University of West Florida
Questions & Answers

Louisiana: Dr. Julie Anderson, Lousiana State University
Seafood Safety PDF Presentation
Questions & Answers

Mississippi: Dr. Moby Solangi, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies
IMMS Response to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill PDF Presentation
Questions & Answers


These resources have been created, modified, and/or collected by the hosts of the program.  They have been vetted for accuracy and use.

Activities and Lessons

Two-fifty minute class lessons for grades 4th-8th. Students are tasked with predicting how natural and human-induced events affect several groups of marine organisms in the Gulf of Mexico.
Two-fifty minute class lessons for grades 4th-8th created to help students understand the importance of barrier islands, the concept of littoral drift, and the effect of pollution on their delicate habitats.
This lesson will explore different types of bird beaks, how beaks are used, and the impact of oil on bird feeding. K-12, can be adapted to specific grades.
This lesson will explore the morphology of birds and the effect of oil on feather function. K-12, can be adapted to specific grades.

This activity will show students one of the techniques employed to clean sea turtles that showed visible signs of oil.

Sargassum is a brown algae that floats on the ocean’s surface with small air bladders and provides habitat in the open sea to numerous organisms. Students will play a variation of "Jenga" to see how the ecosystem holds up, or not, as pieces are removed.
Students will understand the challenges of cleaning up an oil spill by experimenting with a variety of methods. For grades 5th-12th with adapted worksheets.
Two-fifty minute class lessons for grades 4th-8th. For this activity, students will investigate and demonstrate a variety of oil spill clean-up techniques and their effectiveness on an oceanic basin and/or its coastal watersheds, wetlands, bays, estuaries, marshes, sound, or similar body of water.
In this lesson students will conduct a simple experiment by evaluating the use of various clean-up techniques on an ocean and a wetland model. Students will then compare their efforts with clean-up methods used in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. *Draft document; final soon to be posted.
With this game students will explore the health problems endangered sea turtles face as a result of the spill, and will learn about methods used to care for them. *Draft document; final soon to be posted.
This activity can be adapted for K-12. Students will enjoy this creative and educational game where they learn the obstacles new born sea turtles face, both natural and man-made. *During class discussion, students are able to explore ways to reduce impacts that would affect sea turtle survival; like oil spills.
Presentation by Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Hall Programs' educators. (If in Internet Explorer-Save file to open)
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Here you'll find information related to the lab's research, education & outreach, media, and more in response to the Gulf oil spill.
This resource looks at the science of understanding change as seen daily on the barrier islands of Gulf Islands National Seashore and how scientists monitor natural and humanmade changes that impact the park, including the recent Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Brought to you by the National Park Service and the National Park Foundation.
This web page is for students and teachers who are interested in learning more about the Gulf of Mexico.
Here you will find classroom activities and lesson plans for grades 3-8.
IMMS played (and continues to play) a large role in assisting marine mammals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; check out their informative web page.
Here is a page dedicated to Gulf Coast Oil Spill Links.
2010 Oil Spill Incident Response and Information
Information regarding the use of Corexit 9500 on the Deepwater Horizon event.
Use the resources on this page to help your students better understand oil drilling and the impacts of the spill.
This webpage features multimedia resources, lessons and activities, real world data, and more related to the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Here you will find a resource titled "Lessons from the Deep: Exploring the Gulf of Mexico's Deep-Sea Ecosystems" which is a collection of education materials dedicated to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
This site contains links to NRDA Workplans and can be searched and sorted for specific content.
Oil Interdisciplinary Learning (OCEAN-OIL) is a peer-reviewed collection of scientific information and educational resources about the Deepwater Horizon disaster and its broader energy and environmental issues.
This site, hosted by the four Gulf Sea Grant programs, provides visitors with current information about the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as well as easy access to the archives of science-based and objective content gathered in the wake of the spill.
Here you will find a suite of educational resources dedicated to the science of the oil spill.
SEACOOS Real Time Data to Determine Oil Spill Clean Up Response is a high school lesson plan designed to use SEACOOS real time data and interactive wind map to predict the direction of an oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
On this page, you will find detailed reports of the birds rescued and collected during the response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The information includes a breakdown of the species of birds that were impacted, as well as maps and the coordinates of where individual birds were collected.

*For additional oil spill links, visit this site's Educator Resources page.

Program Contacts

  • Alabama
    Tina Miller-Way, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, tmiller-way@disl.org,
    251-861-2141 ext. 2257
  • Florida
    Chris Verlinde, FL-IFAS Santa Rosa Sea Grant Extension, cmverlinde@gmail.com, 850-623-3868
  • Louisiana
    Dianne Lindstedt, Louisiana Sea Grant, dlindst@lsu.edu, 225-578-1558
  • Mississippi
    Chris Breazeale, Institute for Marine Mammal Studies,
    Chris@IMMS.org, 228-701-1767