The Ocean for Life program is an initiative to increase cultural understanding through ocean science. Ocean for Life provides high quality, immersive ocean field studies and follow-on education programs to facilitate cross-cultural learning, appreciation, and lasting experiences between Middle Eastern and Western students. The next Ocean for Life field study will take place in Santa Barbara, California and on Santa Cruz Island hosted by Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary in June 2013. Pre-applications will be made available online on December 5, 2012 and are due on January 18, 2013.
Ocean Science Field Studies with National Geographic Society
Select teacher and student teams from around the country participate in a variety of field and laboratory-based activities focused on national marine sanctuaries and ocean conservation. The National Marine Sanctuary Program in partnership with National Geographic promotes the understanding of America’s underwater treasures through first hand experiences. These hands-on ocean field studies are based on educational standards, including subject areas such as geology, science, water systems, habitat monitoring and exploration.
Coral Reef Classroom
Free educational excursions to the reef in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary for local students and teachers highlighting environmental stewardship. The objectives of Coral Reef Classroom are to teach basic coral reef biology and concepts of habitat interdependence by engaging students in activities such as water quality sampling, data collection, and evaluation.
Marine Science Summer Camp
Each three-week session offered in American Samoa features a strong marine science curriculum, field and laboratory studies, and swimming and snorkeling lessons.
Sanctuary Explorer Camp
This week-long day camp takes place in a coastal setting and provides opportunities for economically disadvantaged children to experience the wonders of the ocean environment.