Respect, Protect, Enjoy

Steps to protect and enjoy the wildlife

We hope you enjoy your next visit to a national marine sanctuary and the many opportunities they provide to observe and be inspired by wildlife. By practicing these simple guidelines, you set a positive example for others to do their part in keeping wildlife and the habitats they depend on, safe, healthy, and productive! Learn more and show your commitment to wildlife by taking the pledge for #WildSanctuaries at

Sea turtles laying eggs
Give sea turtles space when they lay on the beach. Photo: Nick Zachar/NOAA
People watching the wildlife at a distance
When you keep your distance, you maximize your chances of seeing natural behaviors. Photo: California State Parks
Garbage cleanup
Garbage is one of the greatest threats to marine wildlife. Photo: Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics
Kids bird watching
Use binoculars to get a closer look. Photo: Nick Zachar/NOAA