For Students

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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.

Creature Feature Videos

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Humpback Whales

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.

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Seals and Sea Lions

What's the difference between seals and sea lions? Find out in our video!

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Green Sea Turtles

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.

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Moray Eels

Did you know that moray eels have two sets of jaws? Find out more in this video.

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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. 

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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. 

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The National Marine Sanctuary System is home to a magnificent array of birds. Learn about them in our video! 

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From Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary to Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary octopuses are found in many of our national marine sanctuaries. Check out our video to learn about these intelligent ocean creatures. 

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Turtle Cleaning Station

What's a turtle cleaning station? Check it out in our video and learn more here

Marine Careers

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Get introduced to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields at

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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.

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NOAA Careers

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.

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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.

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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.

Student Opportunites

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What Will You Do?

How much do you appreciate what the ocean has to offer? What will you do to see that it endures for your children?

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Ocean Guardian Kid's Club

Kids Make a Difference - Become an Ocean Guardian and join our kids club today!

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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.

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Thank You Ocean

The ocean takes care of us. Let's return the favor. Discover ways to thank the ocean.

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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.


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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.