Dive into Education with National Marine Sanctuaries

students learning about the sanctuary system

Dive into Education is a marine science education program aimed at providing teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America’s classrooms. The major goals of the Dive into Education program are to:

  • Provide K-12 teachers with professional development using hands-on, standards-based, ocean science activities that will excite their students about science and technology.
  • Provide K-12 teachers a marine science education network for future partnerships, collaborations and support.
  • Promote understanding of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Marine Sanctuary Program and its system of national marine sanctuaries.
  • Encourage responsible stewardship of marine, natural, and cultural resources, especially national marine sanctuaries.

The National Marine Sanctuary Program's Education Team sponsored a two-day Dive into Education marine science workshop, a professional development opportunity for approximately eighty K-12 teachers and informal educators from Hawai`i and American Samoa, on February 20-21, 2004. Educators representing thirteen different marine protected areas of the National Marine Sanctuary Program offered hands-on sessions aimed at providing teachers with the knowledge and resources necessary to bring marine science into the classroom. Thirty-six concurrent sessions were held at Bishop Museum and on Coconut Island, ranging from satellite oceanography to coral reef surveying and monitoring.

The National Marine Sanctuary Program hosted another successful Dive into Education Program May 13-14, 2005 on Tybee Island, Georgia for eighty informal and formal educators in the southeastern United States. The collective talent and leadership of the National Marine Sanctuary education team will bring this special, marine science education program to American Samoa, July 27-28, 2010.