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

shhipwreck databaseShipwreck Database
An online database that include charts, casualty reports and images of shipwrecks from each of the five West Coast national marine sanctuaries.

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


marine reserves mapMarine Reserves Digital Lab
Check out this interactive Marine Reserves simulation. Choose to be a commercial fisherman or a different stakeholder and decide where to put these "no-take" areas around Anacapa Island.

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


oceans liveOceans Live
Bringing the ocean to communities nationwide for live interactive broadcasts.

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


Contact Us | WebSite Owner: National Ocean Service
Many links leave the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Web Site. Please view our Disclaimer for more information.
National Ocean Service | Office of National Marine Sanctuaries | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration | NOAA Library | Privacy Policy | User Survey