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

map of the pacific ocean highlighting the expedition locations

Community-Based Exploration: Discovering The Mysteries of the Deep Pacific With Everyone

June 27, 2024 at 12 pm Hawaiʻi / 3 pm Pacific / 6 pm Eastern

Daniel Wagner, Chief Scientist, Ocean Exploration Trust

Join Ocean Exploration Trust Chief Scientist as he describes the upcoming deep ocean exploration season. Between July-December 2024, the Ocean Exploration Trust and partners will conduct several multi-disciplinary expeditions aboard E/V Nautilus to explore never-before surveyed deep-sea habitats around Jarvis, American Samoa, Howland, Baker and Palau. This webinar will provide an overview of the science objectives of these expeditions, and outline how everyone can participate in these exploratory missions via telepresence technology.

This presentation is hosted by the 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.


L to R: Man on a small boat holding a long pole to attach a buoy to a whale to slow it down; aerial view of a research vessel and an entangled whale; a whale breaching after being freed.

Catch and Release: Large Whale Entanglement Response and the Science that Goes with it

August 7, 2024 at 2 pm Hawai`i / 5 pm Pacific / 7 pm Central / 8 pm Eastern

Ed Lyman, Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator, NOAA’s Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary

Join Ed Lyman, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary’s Large Whale Entanglement Response Coordinator, to learn about the risks posed by entanglement threat to one of our large whale species – the humpback whale, and the authorized network response to free them and other whales from life-threatening entanglements. Ed has been responding to entangled large whales for 30 years and has been involved in over a hundred entanglement response efforts. The talk will focus on sanctuary and nearby waters that are the humpback whales’ principal breeding/calving grounds in the North Pacific. Discover how trained and experienced responders free 40-ton entangled whales using cutting-edge tools, techniques and technologies through some exciting imagery. While freeing a whale is beneficial and rewarding, it is the science associated with the effort, such as the use of telemetry, drones, AI image recognition, and photogrammetry, that facilitates the response and helps us better understand the threat as to reduce it in the future for whales and humans alike.


L to R: Deep-sea octopus; giant kelp; seagrass meadow; blue whales at the surface

Teaching Hope: Blue Carbon and Climate Change

August 22, 2024 at 12 pm Hawa`i / 3 pm Pacific / 5 pm Central / 6 pm Eastern

Sara Hutto, Conservation and Climate Program Coordinator and Jennifer Stock, Education and Outreach Coordinator, Greater Farallones Association and Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries

Drought, fires, floods, bleaching corals...as impacts from our changing climate become increasingly publicized, and with climate anxiety on the rise among our youth, it's critical that educators bring messages of hope into their classrooms. In this webinar, you'll learn from a NOAA educator and scientist about the inspiring role the ocean plays in mitigating the climate crisis as a carbon sponge. You'll learn about the role of "blue" carbon - the species and habitats that absorb and store carbon in the ocean - and how NOAA is working to better understand and protect these vital resources. You'll also hear about the new Blue Carbon Education and Communication Toolkit, so you can bring these messages into your classroom (or wherever you interact with young people!). Please join us to explore messages of hope in a time of a changing climate.