Volunteer in the Sanctuaries
Top 10 Volunteer Activities
For the second year in a row a National Marine Sanctuary volunteer program was named the Take Pride in America Federal Volunteer program. Find out more about these amazing volunteers and the sanctuary projects they donate their time to.
Volunteers help to ensure marine sanctuaries remain America's underwater treasures for future generations. Through their efforts, volunteers contribute over 100,000 hours of annual service to the sanctuaries in areas of research, monitoring, enforcement, education and outreach, and management advisory.
Examples include Beach Watch at Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, which trains volunteers to monitor the sanctuary’s health by surveying California beaches for dead animals and traces of oil. Naturalist Corps volunteers at Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary teach about the sanctuary’s unique ecosystem at community events, whale watching tours, and free lectures. Some 3000 miles away, members of Team O.C.E.A.N in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary patrol sanctuary waters to provide boaters with valuable navigational information and report illegal activity to sanctuary law enforcement officers. Volunteers even represent their communities on management issues by filling seats on sanctuary advisory councils, a body that provides management recommendations to the sanctuary superintendent.
Collectively, volunteers invest enormous amounts of time toward the healthy future of our nation’s marine sanctuaries.
Pacific Islands Region
Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument
West Coast Region
Gulf of the Farallones
Flower Garden Banks