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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary - Education

For Teachers

Long term Monitoring Program and Experiential Training for Students.
LiMPETs is an environmental monitoring and education program for students, educators and volunteer groups throughout California to collect rocky intertidal and sandy beach data.

meritoMERITO Academy
Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans
MERITO Academy is multicultural education professional development program for 5-8th grade teachers which includes lesson plans, classroom visits and field trips.

California B-WetCalifornia B-WET
The NOAA California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program provides funds to support environment-based education throughout the watersheds of San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel. Funded projects provide meaningful watershed educational experiences to students, teachers, and communities.

teacher at sea Channel Islands NMS Teacher At Sea
The mission of NOAA’s Teacher at Sea (TAS) program is to give teachers a clearer insight into our ocean planet, a greater understanding of maritime work and studies, and to increase their level of environmental literacy by fostering an interdisciplinary research experience.

Activities and Resources

fish swimmingAnacapa Island Live Kelp Forest Camera by and Channel Islands National Park
Check out this real-time camera located in Channel Islands National Park and National Marine Sanctuary


coralWest Coast National Marine Sanctuaries Deep Coral Communities Curriculum
This high school curriculum takes students into the deep sea to identify invertebrates and fish and to investigate the unique biology of deep-sea corals. Learn the threats these animals face and what we can do help protect them.

marine reserves mapMarine Reserves Interactive Map
An interactive map showing photos and videos of marine reserves in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.


eagle camChannel Islands Live
Check out the bald eagle web cam on Santa Cruz Island and find lessons and materials related to the Channel Islands Kelp Forest Ecosystems


e/v nautilusNautilus Live
Explore the ocean LIVE with Dr. Robert Ballard and the Corps of Exploration

sightings databaseMarine Mammal Sightings Database
See or report marine mammal sightings in the Santa Barbara Channel.

EOSEncyclopedia of the Sanctuaries
In this online guide, you will find photos, streaming video and important biological information for over 100 marine species from each of the National Marine Sanctuaries in the United States.


turtleUnderstanding 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.

monitoring a habitatMonitoring a Habitat pdf
In this activity, students learn how marine biologists monitor marine habitats in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary

nautical chartNautical Chart pdf
This activity introduces students to marine navigation and the main components of a nautical chart using a local chart for Channel Islands waters
Click below to download the map in preferred size.
8.5 x 11 inches or 11 x 17 inches


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