Education and Outreach

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The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation invests in preparing the next generation of conservationists to tackle the challenges facing our ocean and Great Lakes. We aim to create AHA! moments that lead to a lifelong passion for the ocean and Great Lakes by providing students, educators, and lifelong learners with opportunities to explore and discover connections to the natural world, no matter where they live. Our education work includes in- and out-of-classroom learning experiences, teacher trainings, citizen science opportunities, and educational exhibits at zoos and aquariums across the country.

Cultural and Maritime Heritage

Preserving indigenous cultures and maritime heritage


Providing opportunities of professional development, species protection outreach, and immersive experiences

Policy and Advocacy

Spearheading species protection outreach, designation and expansion, and developing budgets to reach these goals

Community Building

From advancing Marine Protected Areas (MPA) to hosting conferences that help improve policy

Recreation and Tourism

Advocating for recreation, tourism, exhibits, and visitor centers