MPA Education

students participating in an rov competition
Students participate in an ROV competition. Credit: NOAA

MPAs are a great way for students of all ages to connect to and learn about our oceans, coasts and Great Lakes.

From the MPA Center: 
Marine Protected Areas Ocean Literacy Fact Sheet
Current: The Journal of Marine Education Special Edition Focused on Networks and Systems of Marine Protected Areas

MPA Education Resources

National System Sherman's Lagoon© Poster by Cartoonist Jim Toomey

cartoon by jim toomey
The National System of MPAs poster by Sherman's Lagoon cartoonist Jim Toomey, highlights the conservation goals of the national system. The poster is available for educational purposes by contacting Corresponding lesson plans to go with the Sherman's Lagoon poster are available here.

Information Exchange for Marine Educators

This monthly e-newsletter for the marine educator community is funded by the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation in partnership with NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.  It includes information about marine and environmental education programs and activities, professional development opportunities, funding resources and a section for educators to post requests for information.

The monthly email update is sent out as a Word© document with active links to the different websites. If you'd like to receive the monthly newsletter, change your email address for subscriptions, or stop delivery of the newsletter, please send a message to the editor at

Current Issue of Information Exchange for Marine Educators - June 2017 (pdf, 71 kb)

Education Programs, Activities, and Websites A-G (pdf, 1.5 mb)
Education Programs, Activities, and Websites H-O (pdf, 1.1 mb)
Education Programs, Activities, and Websites P-Z (pdf, 1.2 mb)
Grants and Funding (pdf, 1.3 mb)
Internship and Temporary Opportunities (pdf, 314 kb)
Marine Protected Area Information (pdf, 118 kb)
Requests for Information (pdf, 262 kb)
Workshops and Professional Development (pdf, 1.2 mb)
Conferences (pdf, 394 kb)

Archived Newsletters

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