Webinar Series

fish swimming around a coral reef

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. This series generally 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.). However, the series is open to anyone interested in the topics listed below.

For distance learning programs about marine mammals and other protected species in the wild, please visit our Wildlife Viewing Guidelines and the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources' Marine Life Viewing Guidelines to ensure you are aware of the regulations.

Upcoming Webinars

left to right: Kevin O'Brien, diver cutting fishing nets, James Morioka

Catch Up and Keep Up: A Strategy for Marine Debris Mitigation in Papahānaumokuākea

November 17, 2022 at 12 pm Hawaiʻi / 2 pm Pacific / 5 pm Eastern

Kevin O'Brien, President, and James Morioka, Executive Director, Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project

Last month, the Papahānaumokuākea Marine Debris Project (PMDP) wrapped up their 2022 field season, successfully removing over 200,000 pounds of marine debris from the reefs and shorelines of Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Despite being one of the most acute problems facing the monument, marine debris is fortunately one of the most easily mitigated problems, given enough time and resources. As federal government cleanups dwindled in the second decade of the 2000ʻs, a backlog of marine debris (particularly derelict fishing gear) began to accumulate in this sensitive environment. Since its inception in 2019, PMDP has been working hard to increase the cadence of removal efforts in the monument to address this. Under PMDP's nonprofit leadership, 2022 marked year #1 of a strategic five-year plan to "catch up" with backlogged accumulation and "keep up" with new annual influx. Through intensive removal, this ambitious goal aims to reduce the impacts of marine debris to their lowest practicable levels, giving the wildlife of Papahānaumokuākea the best long-term chance of survival. Join us for an hour of stories from the field highlighting the challenges and successes of this remote and difficult work.

This presentation is part of the Third Thursday By the Bay Presentation Series at Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, which is the visitor center for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument in Hilo, Hawaiʻi. This lecture series is also supported by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation through a grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


left to right: Kyra Duffley and artwork depicting the uss monitor

Submerged NC: The Art of USS Monitor

December 6, 2022 at 8am Hawaiʻi / 10 am Pacific / 12 pm Central / 1 pm Eastern

Witness the power and drama of USS Monitor's story, the iconic battle, its sinking, and its recovery as told through a selection of artworks from the collection of The Mariners' Museum and Park. The story of "the little ship that saved the nation"; is a powerful one that has captured the fascination of millions both during its short, revolutionary life and in its legendary rest after its sinking. Its multifaceted story is one of technology, innovation, people, power, loss, and discovery and is one that has inspired many artists in the 160 years since its launching.

Join Kyra Duffley, creator and host of The Mariners' Museum's monthly art series, Beyond the Frame, as we take an interpretive look at these paintings that bring history to life in a new way! We'll examine the stylistic choices the artists made in their works and how those work together to each tell a part of USS Monitor's story in its own unique and inspired way.