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

before and after photos of a bleaching event

What is Coral Bleaching?

December 6, 2017 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific

Kelly Drinnen, NOAA Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

Coral bleaching is one of the side effects of an increasingly warmer ocean. Episodes of coral bleaching are happening more regularly and with greater severity as the years progress. But, what exactly is coral bleaching? Is bleached coral, dead coral? Is bleaching preventable? Can coral recover from bleaching? Join us to look at the biology of corals to understand what coral bleaching is and its potential long-term effects on coral reefs.


diver photographing big mama coral in amercian samoa

Virtual Dives into America's Underwater Treasures

February 21, 2018 at 2 pm Eastern / 11 am Pacific

Mitchell Tartt, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These Virtual Reality (VR) voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary. Learn more about VR technology and dive into our underwater treasures using your desktop or mobile devices.


marine debris collected on the beach (including a plastics, bottle, iron and more)

Understanding Ocean Acidification - Using NOAA’s New Educational Tools

March 13, 2018 at 6 pm Eastern / 3 pm Pacific

Amy Dean, National Estuarine Research Reserve System

Data in the Classroom is designed to help teachers and students use real scientific data to explore dynamic Earth processes and understand the impact of environmental events on a regional and global scale. In this presentation, participants will dive deep into Data in the Classroom's Ocean Acidification Module to explore the processes that cause acidification, examine data from across the globe and take a virtual tour of the new web-based curricular modules and data tools.