Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Ocean Literacy section includes K-12, Higher Education, Interpretive Services, B-WET, Community Outreach, and Education Calendar

Teacher Resources

The ocean is a vast textbook that offers all people a glance into a world of rich sights, sounds and discoveries. Through our own research programs and projects, sanctuary staff have experienced, gathered data and captured valuable photography and video information to help you teach marine biology, oceanography, and other subjects.




Ocean Guardian School

Ocean Guardian School logo The Ocean Guardian School program funds projects focused on a current issue(s) affecting local watersheds and/or the ocean while promoting best environmental practices. Through a school- or community-based project, schools work to make a difference in the health and protection of their local watersheds, ocean and/or special ocean areas like national marine sanctuaries. Learn more here.







Each One Teach One

each one teach one exercise Download pdf format "Each One Teach One" guides for each of the thirteen marine sanctuaries and one coral reef reserve.





National Marine Sanctuary Lesson Plan

urchin Explore our national marine sanctuaries and learn about habitats and human impacts with this internet research activity.





Field Investigations: Using Outdoor Environments to Foster Student Learning of Scientific Processes

Field Investigations book cover This program was developed by the Pacific Education Institute to help K-12 teachers introduce their students to the methodologies used for scientific field research and guide them through the process of conducting field studies. In particular, this volume demonstrates how to use descriptive, comparative and correlative methodologies for field studies.





Pack A Waste-Free Lunch

pack a waste-free lunch Learn how to be waste-free! EPA developed the Waste-Free Lunch poster to help students learn how to reduce, reuse, and recycle items in their school lunches. The poster can be displayed in your classroom and throughout your school. Use the poster to get your students interested in waste-free lunches and to learn how to organize a Waste-Free Lunch Day.





Winged Ambassadors

winged ambassadors; ocean literacy through the eyes of albatross Albatrosses - charismatic and threatened seabirds - are ambassadors for a clean ocean. They traverse vast oceanic regions searching for floating food. Along their journeys, they ingest plastic trash and are hooked in fisheries. These five lessons use inquiry-based science instruction, aligned to standards for grades 6 - 8 with extensions for grades 9 - 12.





Olympic Coast Oil Spill Simulation: An Introduction to Geospatial Analysis through Google Earth

In this simulated oil spill, students are put into teams of specialists to develop a Coastal Oil Spill Response Plan that will protect Washington's shorelines and must determine the following:

google earth map
  • Where are the Sensitive Habitats?
  • Where are the Critical Animal Populations?
  • What are the most important Areas to be Protected?
  • What Types and Numbers of Equipment and Materials should be used?
  • How will the equipment and materials be transported to the Areas to be Protected?
This student activity, developed by Pacific Education Institute, Peninsula College and NOAA, gives students a glimpse into the complexity of oil spill response while they learn about Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using Google Earth.





Designing Tools for Ocean Exploration: Taking a closer look at deep sea and shallow water corals

video of deep sea coral This lesson, for grades 9-12, is designed to engage students in fun hands-on ocean exploration activities while learning about corals. Includes deep-sea coral video.

Download pdf of lesson plan
(504k pdf)
Watch Deep Sea Coral Video.
(59.9Mb Quicktime)





Deep Coral Communities Curriculum

video sea otter in habitat Deep-sea coral communities, like the ones found in the national marine sanctuaries of the West Coast, are home to many diverse species. This curriculum takes students into the deep sea to identify the soft corals, hard corals, invertebrates and fish found in these communities and to investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals. Learn the threats these animals face and what we can do help protect them.





Understanding Ocean Acidification

ocean acidification web site screen shot These hands-on activities will help you demonstrate and explore the effects of increasing carbon dioxide on the acidity of the ocean and learn about impacts an acidic ocean has on marine organisms, the ocean food web, and humans. You will also investigate the causes for increased ocean acidity and learn about ways to minimize your impact.





Sanctuary Splash!!

giant inflatable whale Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary will share the wonders of the living sanctuary with this exciting new traveling exhibit. Students can explore a life-sized walk-inside model of "Big Mama" the humpback whale while participating in hands-on activities that support ocean science and stewardship. For more information contact Nicole.Harris@noaa.gov.





COMING SOON!!!
NANOOS Cha'aba buoy Olympic Coast Data in the Classroom

Bring Olympic Coast data to your classroom. Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary and its partners collect a variety of oceanographic data to monitor water quality, plankton blooms (including harmful algal blooms or "HABs"), upwelling, and low oxygen events. Students will be able to use this data in the classroom to learn more about the state of the coastal environment.




For information please contact
Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Education and Outreach Specialist
Nicole Harris
(360) 406-2082
nicole.harris@noaa.gov



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