National marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers closed to the public; waters remain open

NOAA's national marine sanctuary offices and visitor centers are currently closed to the public, and in accordance with Executive Order 13991 - Protecting the Federal Workforce and Requiring Mask Wearing, all individuals in NOAA-managed areas are required to follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidance on mask-wearing and maintaining social distances. Sanctuary waters remain open for responsible use in accordance with CDC guidance, U.S. Coast Guard requirements, and local regulations. More information on the response from NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries can be found on

Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - Education



NOAA Education
NOAA Education Resources website is a portal to NOAA sponsored educational materials for teaching and is designed to assist educators in accessing these materials from one centralized interface.

NOAA Ocean Explorer
Explore the ocean realm with NOAA. This Web site chronicles the adventures and discoveries of NOAA's at-sea science and education teams.

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries Education
The National Marine Sanctuary Program provides resources and training to support ocean literacy, including curriculum, lesson plans, and activities that excite students about science and technology.

Education Partners

Channel Islands National Park
The official National Park Service web site includes statistics, trip planning guide, park regulations, and details of recreational activities

Cabrillo High School Aquarium
The Cabrillo High School Aquarium promotes cross-curricular, hands-on education and to emphasize its message of "global marine awareness" throughout the community.
The Aquarium is organized and maintained by volunteers, most of them high school students.

Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
The Santa Barbara Maritime Museum brings history to life through its educational programs and interactive exhibits.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History Ty Warner Sea Center
The Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world.

Science Approach
Science Approach develops educational materials, offers professional workshops for teachers and other professionals, evaluates educational projects and products, conducts research, and develops new technologies.

University of California Marine Science Institute Oceans 2 Classrooms
Oceans 2 Classrooms provides an ocean view of the world for students of all ages. Multi-faceted programs immerse participants in marine science to explore the mysteries of the sea and its critical role on the planet, while seeking solutions to its most pressing challenges.

Visiting the Sanctuary

Island Packers
Island Packers is the Channel Islands National Park's concessionaire for boat travel departing from Ventura and Channel Islands Harbors to the four northern Channel Islands and Santa Barbara Island.

Truth Aquatics
Truth Aquatics is offers diving and kayaking experiences as well as island hiking in and around the Channel Islands National Park and Marine Sanctuary.

Condor Cruises
The Condor Express offers whale-watching and wildlife viewing cruises.

Resources and Online Data

Long-term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students (LiMPETs)
LiMPETs is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators and volunteer groups throughout California.

Understanding Ocean Acidification
Our carbon emissions are making the ocean more acidic, which threatens life in our seas. These resources were put together by the Sanctuary Education Team (SET) and community partners to help volunteers and educators better understand this issue.

REEF Environmental Education Foundation

The Reef Environmental Education Foundation is a grass-roots organization that seeks to conserve marine ecosystems by educating, enlisting and enabling divers and other marine enthusiasts to become active ocean stewards and citizen scientists.

Journey North
A global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change.

Animals in Curriculum Based Ecosystem Studies (ACES)
Through ACES, middle and high school students learn formal science in the context of the ocean. Curriculum-based activities with satellite data improves environmental and ocean literacy.



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