"In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand. We will understand
only what we are taught." -- Baba Dioum
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Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary provides a natural classroom for students to learn about
ocean science. A day at the beach allows us to take a closer at the world where land meets the ocean.
What lives in a tidepool? What is sand made of? Where does marine debris come from? What lives
below the surface? How are we connected?
These questions and more can be investigated during a day at the beach.
Sanctuary staff provide professional development for
teachers and classroom and beach field studies for
students and their families to expand knowledge of marine
ecosystems and improve stewardship behaviors.
Sanctuary programs currently target underserved rural communities along the coast of Olympic
Peninsula that border the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary. When we work with schools
that have a high proportion of Native American students, we strive to work with Tribal advisors,
biologists, and educators to include traditional knowledge as a complement to modern science.