National marine sanctuaries are living classrooms that can be explored in person or through interactive digital labs and activities. In this section, you will find games, online story books, information on marine careers, activities, free materials and other cool stuff.
Games and Activities
Games, VR, coloring pages, and fun activities to help you learn about the national marine sanctuaries.
Learn about the ocean and why it's important through word searches, games and coloring pages. You can also sign the Ocean Guardian Pledge to protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it. The activity book is appropriate for children in Grades K-3.
The Kids Club offers children a stimulating opportunity to express their insights, observations and understanding of their natural environment through the creation of original stories, poetry and visual art. All K-8 students are eligible and encouraged to join!
Creature Feature Videos
Whitetip reef sharks are frequently spotted in the coral reefs of Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Start your week off right with an incredible journey to a whale fall in NOAA's Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary!
Who's that hitching a ride on NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary's manta rays? It's the remora!
It's all about that bass – get to know the black sea bass of NOAA Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary!
No, the Spanish slipper lobster isn't the newest trend in footwear. It's a crustacean sometimes spotted in NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary!
The ocean is full of animals that look like plants! Today, meet the dandelion siphonophore of NOAA National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
Learn why grouper spawning areas near NOAA's Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary are important for healthy fish populations!
What's the largest bony fish in the sea? Holy mola – it's the mola mola!
We're not squidding around – reef squid in NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary are truly inkredible!
North Atlantic right whales are one of the world's most endangered ocean species. Learn what we and our partners are doing to protect them in our video.
Do you know the difference between manta rays and mobulas? Learn how to tell them apart in our video!
Every spring, cliff swallows migrate to Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary in California to nest. Learn about their migration and nesting in our video!
This Venus flytrap anemone may look like its terrestrial counterpart – but this deep-sea dweller is actually an animal, not a plant!
In the last century, northern elephant seals have made an amazing recovery!
These are not the droids you're looking for – they're hydroids! Learn about these odd invertebrates in our video.
Hawaiian monk seals are found throughout Hawai‘i, including in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument and Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.
Though it may look like a jellyfish, a ctenophore – or comb jelly – is something else entirely.
Have you ever seen a sea cucumber swim? The NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research spotted this one swimming around in the deep waters of National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa.
Sharks: scary? We think not! Check out our video to learn more about the crucial role sharks play in sanctuary ecosystems.
Sea lions are found throughout the national marine sanctuaries of the West Coast. Watch this video to learn more about these friendly animals!
Every August, the reef-building corals of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary put on a fantastic spawning display.
How big are leatherback sea turtles? How do they swim? Find this out and more in this video about leatherbacks in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary.
Barracudas are found throughout your National Marine Sanctuary System. Find out what makes them so special in our video!
When a whale dies at sea, its body becomes a habitat for a wide array of organisms. Learn about whale falls in our video.
Researchers aboard the E/V Nautilus got a treat when they spotted this bluntnose sixgill shark in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
What's a sea nettle? Learn about these Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary dwellers in our video!
Nudibranchs may look something out of a science fiction movie, but they're actually closely related to snails! Find out more about these colorful creatures in our video.
The National Marine Sanctuary System is home to a magnificent array of birds. Learn about them in our video!
From bottlenose dolphins in Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to spinner dolphins in Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, many species of dolphin frequent your national marine sanctuaries.
Did you know that when baby humpback whales are born they are already 15 feet long and weigh as much as a small car? Watch this fun video to find out more.
What's the difference between seals and sea lions? Find out in our video!
Want to see a baby turtle hatchling making its way to the ocean and learn more about the turtles of the Hawaiian archipelago? Check out this video.
Did you know that moray eels have two sets of jaws? Find out more in this video.
Ocean Career Video Series for students 'Sea Your Future'
These five minute videos highlight black, Indigenous, and people of color in career pathways in marine research and ocean conservation. The main goal of the series is to represent marine scientists of color as role models for students to inspire a world of possibilities for their future careers. The videos tell the story of how these individuals got involved in the field, what they do, what barriers they encountered, and what they enjoy most about their work.
Career Module: Research Marine Ecologist
Meet former Foster Scholar, Tammy, a Marine Research Ecologist from Massachusetts. Tammy shares her story as she persevered to a career where she now studies her favorite animal - whales. You can dive deeper into this career with this bridge lesson by STEAM the Streets.
Women in Ocean Careers
What does it mean to be a woman in an ocean science career? What different career paths are available, and how does one get there? Perhaps you’ve thought about becoming a marine biologist, or you have an interest in marine policy, but aren’t sure which steps to take towards such a career. Hear from some of the inspiring women working throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System below.
Unlock secrets in the deep ocean, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine resources.
The Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence and the MATE Center have developed an ocean career Web site that allows you to explore over fifty ocean-related careers, as well as find: a college, university of training center that specializes in ocean-related education.
Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science & Marine Biology
This career directory is divided into three sections: general guides for oceanography and marine science; guides for marine biology, marine mammals, zoos and aquariums; and other guides covering all of science.
Women Exploring the Ocean
Our knowledge of Earth and its oceans has been pieced together through the work of many individuals. Increasingly women have made significant contributions to marine science. Meet a few woman oceanographers to learn about their ocean careers.
NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program
Are you a youth aged 12-18 passionate about the ocean and the natural environment? Are you looking for a way to develop the skills you need to engage in conservation opportunities? Do you want to connect with like-minded youth and become an environmental leader in your community? Apply to the new NOAA Ocean Guardian Youth Ambassador Program!
Ocean Guardian Kids Club
Kids Make a Difference - Become an Ocean Guardian and join our kids club today!
Ocean for Life
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 to facilitate cross-cultural learning between multicultural students.
Ocean Guardian Activity Book
This activity book is for grades Kindergarten through 3rd to learn about the ocean and why it’s important through word searches, games, and coloring pages.
Undergraduate and Graduate Student Scholarships
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) offers many scholarships, internships, fellowships and post docs for undergraduate and graduate students.