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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Student Scholarships

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers many scholarships, internships, fellowships and post docs for undergraduate and graduate students.

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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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Education Strategic Plan

Learn more about our education vision and mission, and download our Education Strategic Plan 2010-2020.

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2018 Education Infographic

Every day, our educators share the treasures of the National Marine Sanctuary System with the public. We work to engage, inspire, and connect people with these special places and spark wonder in visitors young and old. In 2018, we worked with more than 42,250 students and 6,541 educators.

Education at your Sanctuary


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