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Save the Date: Get Into Your Sanctuary Day!

You're Invited!

As a travel destination, few places on the planet can compete with the diversity of the National Marine Sanctuary System, which protects America's most iconic natural and cultural marine resources. The majority of national marine sanctuaries' waters are open to compatible recreational activities that generate considerable benefits for local economies.

This year NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its fourth National "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration to raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities. These events will begin over the weekend of May 19-20th in sanctuaries along the East Coast, Gulf, and Great Lakes, and will culminate at sites along the West Coast and in the Pacific islands on August 4-5, 2018.

In the weeks leading up to these events, join us on social media in highlighting the types of recreational activities that can be enjoyed by visitors, along with tips for practicing good Ocean Etiquette. We will also hold a photo contest to provide audiences an opportunity to share their sanctuary experiences. This is a great occasion to showcase our partner organizations that bring people to safely view wildlife and help visitors dive, surf, fish, snorkel, paddle, swim, photograph, and enjoy the sea breezes of our nation's most special Great Lakes and ocean places!

people on the beach
kayakers posing for a photo
the flagship niagara in the background and a tour boat in the foreground
flagship niagara docked in thunder bay
people in a yoga class on the beach
cape hatteras lighthouse in the background and get into your sactuary day tent in the foreground
a volunteer give a demo of scuba gear to a child
a young adult fishing in american samoa