Webinar Series

photo of collage of deep coral sea life

The National Marine Sanctuary Webinar Series provides educators with educational and scientific expertise, resources and training to support ocean and climate literacy in the classroom. This series targets formal and informal educators that are engaging students (elementary through college) in formal classroom settings, as well as members of the community in informal educational venues (e.g. after school programs, science centers, aquariums, etc.).

Upcoming Webinars

A diver working to restore coral

Gardening Corals for Reef Restoration

April 23, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Katie Lohr, Conservation Science Fellow for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries through the Sea Grant John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellowship Program

As coral reefs decline globally, interest in using coral gardening techniques for reef restoration is increasing. This webinar presentation will review well-established and cutting-edge techniques for propagating and restoring corals, as well as experimental work focused on identifying corals that can survive future ocean conditions.


map showing a marine heatwave

Understanding the Marine Heatwaves in the Pacific Northwest

April 24, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Dr. Jan Newton, senior principal oceanographer with the Applied Physics Laboratory of the University of Washington, executive director of NANOOS, and Global Ocean Acidification Observing Network (GOA-ON) co-chair

Join Dr. Jan Newton as she explains how marine heatwaves are influencing life in the waters off the Washington coast in the Pacific Northwest. This webinar is part of a speaker series in partnership with Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary, Feiro Marine Life Center, and the Peninsula College STEM Club.


3 sea turtles lined by images of other sea creatures above

Earth is Blue: Educational Videos About Your National Marine Sanctuaries

May 14, 2020 at 2 pm Pacific / 5 pm Eastern

Nick Zachar and Shannon Shikles, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Did you know that every week the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries posts an educational video about your ocean and Great Lakes? Come along as Video Production Coordinator Nick and Multimedia Coordinator Shannon walk you through how we create these resources, how you can access and use them, and how you can even contribute to our Earth is Blue campaign.


Left: an ROV is launched into the water; Middle: Underwater shot of coral; Right: Octopus feed on fallen whale

Exploring National Marine Sanctuaries: Diving into Telepresence Education Programs and Resources

June 16, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Hannah MacDonald, Education Specialist for the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Much of the ocean remains unexplored, even areas of your national marine sanctuaries have still not been seen by humans. NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries works with partners to expand our understanding of sanctuaries through deep-water exploration and research. While these Telepresence expeditions occur, we bring them to you through real-time video feeds and programs. Through this webinar, learn how you and your students can become virtual explorers in national marine sanctuaries and how to further bring the expedition into the classroom through our education resources.


Left: seafood dish; Right: James Beard

Notorious & Delicious: Exploring Sustainable Seafood

July 9, 2020 at 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Allen Susser, James Beard Award Winning Chef

James Beard Award Winning Chef, Allen Susser, is on a mission to motivate people to eat Sustainable Seafood, which rewards them with a delicious meal and benefits the ocean’s health today and into the future. His cookbook, Green Fig & Lionfish, Sustainable Caribbean Cooking focuses on lionfish, nonetheless, these bold flavors and unpretentious fish cooking techniques can be applied to most fish and shellfish. Chef Allen will discuss what can be sustainably harvested within your national marine sanctuaries, and lessons on the best way to cook it. His cooking lessons could be a unique way to educate your audiences and students on sustainable seafood. Join the discussion of sustainability, which like all good fish tales, is growing greater each day.