Dive into Sanctuaries

The Sanctuary 360° Series allows viewers of all ages and abilities to explore a vast variety of marine life, ecosystems, and maritime history throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System. In its first year, the virtual dive gallery attracted more than 340,000 visitors, making it the most visited page on the sanctuaries.noaa.gov website! By working with Ocean First Education to provide lessons that complement each virtual reality video, teachers and parents are able to further engage students in ways that also align to best practices in science education. The lesson plans teach middle school students about ocean literacy and national marine sanctuaries and are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.