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By: Matthew Meltzer

Greater Miami & Miami Beach’s greatest natural asset is the brilliant turquoise water that is the destination’s calling card. It’s just one of the reasons why keeping our oceans healthy is vitally important, so that both locals and visitors – not to mention wildlife – can enjoy it for generations to come. As an oceanfront community, protecting the waters that surround us is a top priority, and the responsibility for keeping it clean falls on everyone. June 8, 2022 is World Ocean Day, and Miami offers many opportunities to participate in a beach clean-up, learn about ocean conservation, and generally be a better citizen of the earth and its oceans. Check out how you can get involved, whether it’s listening to marine experts or taking a yoga class by the shore.

Frost aquarium
Learn how to test the water at World Ocean Day at Frost Science

World Ocean Day at Frost Science

June 5

The Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science has an interactive way for visitors to help achieve its mission to protect 30% of the planet by 2030. Starting at 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 5, the museum will have conservationists who work with marine life on hand to explain the marine ecosystem. Then, guests can test water quality and learn how to identify microplastics in the ocean.

2022 United Nations World Oceans Day Event (Online)

June 8

You won’t need to travel to New York City to participate in the lineup of lectures, discussions and solutions at the U.N.’s World Oceans Day event. The entire program will be broadcast online from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can learn all about topics such as the Blue Economy, nature-based solutions and cross-sector collaboration.

1 Hotel Balcony
Join the cleanup event behind the 1 Hotel South Beach

Beach Cleanup at 1 Hotel South Beach

June 8

Participate in a beach cleanup at the most relaxing time of the day, on the sand behind the 1 Hotel South Beach. The hotel is teaming up with SeaKeepers and Anatomy Gym for the twilight event from 6-7:30 p.m., where volunteers will use the Clean Swell app to measure how much trash they’ve collected.

Yoga and Pilates Class on the Beach at Collins Park

June 11

Few things make a person appreciate the wonder and tranquility of the ocean like holding yoga poses as waves lap up on the shore. Such will be the experience at Collins Park, where Maria Alvarez and Pilates for the People lead a special free yoga and Pilates class at 8:30 a.m.

Island Cleanup & Mermaid Snorkel Party

June 11

If your idea of honoring the ocean also includes drinking beer with mermaids, make your way to Pelican Harbor Marina at 4 p.m. There, you’ll board a boat for Morningside Island, where the group will spend about an hour cleaning the island’s beach. From there, it’s off to a second site where marine do-gooders will be rewarded with a keg of craft beer (if you bring your own reusable cup) and a swim with Afro Mermaid. Tickets are $50 and go to support local partners and tip the crew.

Entrance at W South Beach
Experience a day of community service, art, film and more at World Ocean Weekend Celebration

World Ocean Weekend Celebration at W South Beach

June 11 – 12

The W South Beach hotel keeps the ocean love flowing into the weekend, with two days of events surrounding the International Ocean Film Festival. On Saturday, there will be a free public event on the beach behind the hotel, where anyone can join between 8 a.m. and noon for community service and art installations. Saturday night brings the Blue Scholars 3rd Anniversary Fundraiser and part one of the film fest. On Sunday, the hotel hosts Sheroes of the Ocean – an intimate discussion with five influential women who are fighting to save the oceans, followed by the film festival’s conclusion.

Deering Estate's water views
Learn about sustainable seafood at the Ocean Conservancy’s presentation at Deering Estate

Film Screening at Deering Estate

June 12

The Ocean Conservancy’s Ocean to Everglades series of mini-documentaries screens its latest installment, “Eating Out: The Hunt for Sustainable Seafood,” at the Deering Estate from 6 to 8 p.m. The film showcases ways people can consume seafood more sustainably. The evening will conclude with a Q&A with Ocean Conservancy’s Director of Florida Conservation, J.P. Booker, and Sereia Films founder, Sarah Curry.

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