Enhancing public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the marine environment

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For Teachers

The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries aims to provide teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America's classrooms.

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For Students

National marine sanctuaries are living classrooms that can be explored in person or through interactive digital labs and activities.

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Ocean Guardian Programs

Ocean Guardian programs encourage children to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live.

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Games and Activities

Games, coloring pages, and fun activities to help you learn about the National Marine Sanctuaries.

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Media Library

The Media Library is a comprehensive collection of public domain photographs and short video clips from all 14 national marine sanctuaries that NOAA manages.

Education at your Sanctuary


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Find out what's happening in education at your local sanctuary