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

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Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary's education and outreach programs promote understanding, support and participation in the protection and conservation of marine resources.


MERITO stands for Multicultural Education for Resource Issues Threatening Oceans.


Train to become a Channel Islands Naturalist Corps volunteer and represent the sanctuary and Park on board local whale watch vessels and educational cruises.


Our visitor centers and exhibits display, promote and interpret the importance of the sanctuary and the resources it protects.

Frequently Used Resources


For more information, contact:

Julie Bursek, Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
University of California Santa Barbara
Ocean Science Education Building 514, MC 6155
Santa Barbara, CA  93106-6155

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