Sea turtles are a key part of marine ecosystems worldwide, but they face many threats today. Explore a collection of NOAA webinars, a virtual reality dive, lesson plans, videos, posters, web stories, and more to gain a deeper understanding of sea turtle species and NOAA's efforts within the sanctuary system to protect them and limit the threats they face.
Sea turtles are marine reptiles with streamlined bodies and large flippers that are well-adapted to life in the ocean. Six species are found in U.S. waters, all of which are listed and protected under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more about NOAA's efforts to protect sea turtles and how national marine sanctuaries benefit these populations.
Lesson Plans & Activities
Utilize these interactive lesson plans and activities with students to learn and gain a better understanding of sea turtles, their impacts, and the role sanctuaries have in protecting these species.
Sea Turtle Elementary Collection
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the National Marine Sanctuary System, the best of the best educational materials for an elementary school audience have been compiled in collaboration with the National Park Trust. This collection focuses on sea turtles.
Webinars & Podcasts
The National Marine Sanctuaries Webinar Series provides educators, students, and the interested public with educational and scientific expertise, resources, and training to support ocean and climate literacy. Take a look at the sea turtle-curated webinars and recorded audio podcasts about sea turtle conservation in the sanctuary system.
Dive with sea turtles through the comfort of your own screen. The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries’ video collection features various sea turtle species from across the country while highlighting specific species, research, and more.
Come along and explore with green sea turtles (honu) as they take you around Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary. Learn how Hawaii's volcanic islands were formed while watching your new turtle friends kick back and relax at the turtle spa.
Do you have a favorite sea turtle species or want to learn more about species you may not have heard about? Check out the Species Spotlight Section for resources on all sea turtle species!
Wildlife Viewing Guidelines
Encountering sea turtles can be special! For their safety as well as yours, please follow these guidelines: give wildlife plenty of space, be aware of local regulations and use your zoom lens or binoculars if you want that close-up view! Take the Pledge for Wildlife.
Many of our national marine sanctuaries are home to a variety of sea turtle species. Sanctuary and NOAA staff eagerly work to learn more about these animals to enhance their protection for future generations. Explore various work of our team from sea turtle and ocean stewardship, the relationship between sea turtles and the marine ecosystem, and more.