OAL ACT Member Organizations' Marine Education Resources



This page contains links to education and outreach resources provided by our member organizations, and include lesson plans, field activities, camps, competitions, public events, and teacher professional development and funding opportunities.  The majority of the resources have been organized by state; however, many of them have relevance outside their home state. Click on the Project Name or Organization to get to their website.



OAL ACT Member Organizations’ Marine Education Resources


Project Name

Project Goals or Content

Target Audience

Region Covered

California state Office of Education and the Environment, CalRecycle; California Dept. of Education; California Natural Resources Agency

Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI) Implementation


~Make the EEI Curriculum available to all California students

6.2 million K-12 school children; approximately 150,000 teachers; 10,000 schools


(potential relevance to WA and OR)

California Coastal Commission

Waves, Wetlands, and Watersheds

~Curriculum (free download)

~Teacher workshops

~ Additional resources about the coast and ocean


CA (but anyone can download for free)

California Coastal Commission

Coastal Stewardship Pledge


~Online program to guide people to change personal habits, etc., to reduce waste and conserve resources

~General public

~Classroom pledge for K-12


California Coastal Commission

Coastal Cleanup Day/Adopt-A-Beach


~Raise awareness about marine debris and ways people can support the coast and ocean

General public, schools, businesses, scout and other groups


California Coastal Commission

Whale Tail Grants

~Provide grants up to $50,000 for coastal and marine education in California

Schools, non-profit organizations, government agencies


California Department of Education funding to University of Southern California Sea Grant Program & the Inner City Education Foundation

CA Mathematics and Science Partnership

~Increase science content knowledge and teaching skills of 3rd-8th grade teachers using marine science examples

Currently 36 local charter school teachers

Los Angeles, CA

University of Southern California, Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies, & the Quicksilver Foundation

QuikScience Challenge Program

~ Team competition on fresh water and marine environmental topics that encourages and enhances middle and high school students' leadership and scientific research capabilities

6th-12th grade students and teachers

CA and HA have participated to date; other locations considered upon request

University of Southern California Sea Grant Program

Island Explorers Program

~Expose students to marine science and other disciplines through hands-on curricula that focuses on Southern California and Catalina Island coastal environments

Middle and high school students and teachers

Greater Los Angeles area

University of Southern California Sea Grant Program

Summer Science Programs

~Weeklong programs at the USC Phillip K. Wrigley Marine Science Center on Catalina Island and other coastal sites.

~ Learn about careers in marine science, build ROVs, conduct research, work with local researchers, explore the marine protected areas around the island

Middle and high school students


University of Southern California Sea Grant Program

The Parent Child Education Program

~Parent/guardian-child teams meet to learn about marine and environmental science issues

Middle and high school students at local informal learning centers

Greater Los Angeles area

Channel Islands National Park/


School & Group Field Science

~Hands-on science programs in Channel Islands National Park connect diverse youth to natural world



National Park Service

National Park Service

~Includes diverse educational opportunities at 48 NPS coastal sites

K-16, general public


College of Exploration




Multiple projects globally


~Create and implement learning projects about the environment, earth, ocean, technology, leadership and creativity

Scientists, informal and formal educators, policymakers, undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 teachers, general public


Ocean Literacy Network

Ocean Literacy Campaign


~Improve public understanding of the ocean

Scientists, informal and formal educators, policymakers, undergraduate and graduate students, K-12 teachers, general public


Lawrence Hall of Science; University of California, Berkeley

Ocean Sciences Curriculum Sequences for Grades 3-5 and 6-8


~Develop instructional materials that address Next Generation Science Standards and Ocean Literacy Principles

Teachers and school administrators Grades 3-8


NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS)

Alignment of NMS curriculum and programs with Ocean Literacy (OL) principles/concepts and state/national standards




~Increase adoption of curriculum that is tied to required standards and aligns with Ocean Literacy Principles and concepts.



*Note: curriculum resources available on the web go further than CA and WA

NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries (NMS)

Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) and Ocean Guardian Classroom Grants alignment with OL principles/concepts

~Grants to promote experiential learning about local watersheds



Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Marine Discover Tours, OR Dept. of Fish & Wildlife

Ocean Literacy in K-12 education


~Improve ocean and general science literacy in students, teachers, and administrators

~Help embed and sustain environmental literacy in the classroom


K-12 students, teachers and administrators

Currently in Lincoln County, OR; expanding to Tillamook and Florence (on a small scale) in 2012, and eventually reaching out across the state

Oregon Coast Aquarium

Oceanscape Network

~Increase understanding of the Oregon Coast and the world’s oceans

~Contribute to the understanding of inquiry and ocean literacy principles

~ Support marine career and volunteer opportunities

Middle and high school students and their teachers

OR – Launching in 2013 – across the state and anyone outside OR who wants to use it

University of Oregon

Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Network


~Provide educational support about climate change through research, webinars, forums and more

Tribes, the education community and the public

Pacific Northwest

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Regional Marine Advanced Technology Education Remotely Operated Vehicle (MATE ROV) Competition

~Teams design and build small underwater robots and compete in national and possibly international competitions

Middle and high school students

Primarily Oregon but open to students in the Pacific Northwest

Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon Coast Quests

~Self-guided explorations to discover the natural, cultural and historical “treasures” of place and community

All ages, families, school groups

Primarily central Oregon coast, but is growing to other communities

Oregon Sea Grant

Exhibits at the Hatfield Marine Science Center

~Octocam, wave tanks and other exhibits

All ages, school groups

HMSC is in Newport, OR; visitors come from around the world

Steve Robinson, consulting

PEW Environmental Group’s Ocean Forage Fish Restoration

~Information about marine ecosystem management and restoration of forage fish stocks ~Build collaborative relations between PEW and the Hoh, Quileute, Makah and Quinault Tribes of coastal WA

Tribal and non-tribal fishermen and fisheries managers as well as the public, specifically ocean communities and decision makers

West Coast of the U.S., specifically coastal WA

Steve Robinson Productions, Salmon Defense

Shadow of the Salmon DVD and curriculum


~Feature docudrama on tribal

environmental perspectives,

with certified curriculum and

teacher sessions

8th grade teachers, coastal and statewide

WA Coast; statewide, nationwide, worldwide

Salmon Homecoming Alliance

Annual multi-day event honoring the return of the salmon and introducing local families to Native American culture

~Annual tribal traditional

celebration with environmental education activities

 on the Seattle waterfront

Residents and K-12 students in greater Seattle area as well as visitors from near and far, both tribal and non-tribal

Greater Seattle and beyond

E3Washington (Environmental Education Association of Washington)


Organization that developed a comprehensive plan to educate and support environmental education resources and programs for diverse audiences

~Create a system of Education for Sustainable Communities through statewide environmental education strategies, and connections/ regional and sector plans

Formal and non-formal educators statewide, tribal/non-tribal government, business/civic communities


The Pacific Education Institute  (PEI)


Pacific Education Institute (PEI)

~Establish project-based, real world environmental education throughout WA via STEM, the arts and social studies skills

K-12 students and educators


The Pacific Northwest Tribal Climate Change Network




Tribal Climate Change Project

~Understand tribal needs and opportunities in addressing climate change

~Examine climate change within a government-to-government relationship

~Explore the role of traditional knowledge in climate change studies, assessments and plans

Tribal and non-tribal governments/Northwest public and educators

Pacific Northwest and beyond

First Stewards


First Stewards Symposium – Coastal Peoples address Climate Change

~Inform the nation about the impacts of climate change on coastal indigenous tribes

Tribal and non-tribal publics, Congress and agencies


WA State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and E3 Washington

WA State Environmental and Sustainability Literary Plan

~Provide a road map for

ensuring environmental

and sustainability education in and outside of school

WA State K-12 educators, students, and stakeholders


Washington Sea Grant

Washington on Water (WOW) website

~Marine education resources database offering classroom

resources, field trips, and

professional development and

grant opportunities

K-12 teachers


Washington Sea Grant

NOAA Science Camp


~Summer camp at NOAA’s Regional Center in Seattle where kids work with real scientists to explore marine science through hands-on activities emphasizing solutions to real world problems

7th-9th graders

Primarily WA, although campers have come from other western states and Canada

Washington Sea Grant

Orca Bowl


~Regional competition of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl held at University of Washington

~Local prizes include UW School of Oceanography scholarships and shipboard science experiences; national prizes include college scholarships

9th-12th graders