For Students

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The sanctuary is a living classroom to be explored in person or through a variety of interactive activities.

Free Materials

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Sharks and Rays Coloring Book

Download this fun coloring book to discover the sharks and rays of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.

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Marine Debris Scramble

This activity book teaches students about the seabirds and shorebirds that live in and migrate to Hawaii. You can also visit the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale Kids Corner to download fun activities and posters.

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Explore Nim’s Island

The movie Nim's Island tells the fictional story of an adventurous girl named Nim, who lives on a remote island in the South Pacific. Check out the fun educational resources related to this movie.

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Ocean Guardian Activity Book

(Grades K-3)

Learn about the ocean and why it's important while enjoying word searches, games, and coloring pages. You can also sign the Ocean Guardian Pledge to protect the ocean and all the creatures that live in it.

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Ocean Guardian Kids Club

(Grades K-8)

The Kids Club offers children a stimulating opportunity to express their insights, observations, and understanding of their natural environment through the creation of original stories, poetry, and visual art. All K-8 students are eligible and encouraged to join!

Marine Careers

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Marine Careers

Get introduced to a wide range of marine career fields and to people working in those fields at

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NOAA Careers

Learn how NOAA successfully unlocks secrets in the deep ocean, tracks rapidly moving storms, operates state-of-the-art environmental satellites, charts the nation's waterways, formulates models to forecast climate trends, and protects and preserves our living marine resources.

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Women Exploring the Oceans

Our knowledge of Earth and its ocean has been pieced together through the work of many individuals, including women who have made significant contributions to marine science. Meet a few woman oceanographers to learn about their ocean careers.

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Careers in Oceanography, Marine Science and Marine Biology

This career directory is divided into three sections: general guides for oceanography and marine science; guides for marine biology, marine mammals, zoos and aquariums; and other guides covering all of science.

Sanctuaries 360° Virtual Reality Lessons

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Sanctuaries 360° Virtual Reality Lessons

(Grades 6-8)

Sanctuaries 360° is a collection of immersive underwater experiences to bring America’s underwater treasures to viewers all over the world. Check out the virtual reality videos and 360° immersive photos to explore your national marine sanctuaries from the comfort of our home.