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For Educators

Check out an array of programs and resources for educators and teachers, including a host of classroom learning activities, unique field programs for your students, tours and classes at our visitor centers, marine education funding opportunities and how to get updates on environmental activities in the region.

Classroom Activities & Resources

Dive into the ocean and sanctuary with these learning activities!

Educators' Email List

Sign up to share marine-related and environmental resources, activities and opportunities with other educators.

Funding Opportunities

Check out funding opportunities for marine education supported by:

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Educator and School Offerings

Your students can learn about our local fisheries, collect and present their own scientific data, or pick their own environmental project to help protect the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Choose from the following offerings.

Sanctuary Exploration Center

Located in Santa Cruz, the center offers free self-guided tours with trained docents available to help your students get the most of out of their visit.

Ocean Guardian School

Does your school have what it takes to help protect the ocean for the future? Learn how to become an Ocean Guardian School!

Voices of the Bay

Voices of the Bay will introduce your students to Monterey Bay's rich fishing heritage as well as its relevance and value today.


Coastal Discovery Center

The Coastal Discovery Center in San Simeon, California offers guided tours, programs and field activities for school groups.

B-WET (Bay Watershed Education and Training Program)

Looking for funding and opportunities to participate in environmental stewardship activities with your students? This program will help you get started!


In this field program, students are trained to study and monitor the rocky and sandy shores of the marine sanctuary.


Distance Learning Programs

Can’t join us in person? Schedule a LIVE virtual interaction on sanctuary topics with associated lessons for your students!

Reviewed: April 11, 2024
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