Outreach & Education
Outreach & Education
NOAA envisions healthy ecosystems, communities, and economies that are resilient in the face of change. To support this vision, our outreach and education programs aim to:
- Educate and inspire the nation to use science toward improving our understanding of ocean life.
- Conserve and protect our ocean resources.
- Encourage stewardship to care for our oceans and coasts.
- Prepare a future workforce to continue our mission.
We strive to support educational opportunities for all sectors of the public—from preschoolers to postgraduates and educators to fishermen. Keep reading to find educational resources, professional development opportunities, and upcoming events. For additional opportunities, connect with your local NOAA Fisheries education and outreach specialist.
>700 teachers have participated in Teacher at Sea
Teachers from across the nation work with our scientists on board our sea-faring research vessels and in our labs to gain first-hand science experience and develop new educational resources for students.
5.6 million people
The number of people who visited museums, aquariums, and other science centers hosting NOAA Fisheries-supported exhibits or programs.
46,000 PK-12 students
The number of PK-12 students participated in NOAA Fisheries-supported school education programs.
463 postsecondary degrees
The number of postsecondary degrees in NOAA-related disciplines awarded to students supported by NOAA in higher education programs.
>161,000 youth and adults
The number of youth and adults who have participated in NOAA Fisheries-supported public education programs.
NOAA Teacher at Sea
The Teacher at Sea Program provides teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. Kindergarten through college-level teachers sail aboard NOAA research ships to work alongside scientists and crew.
NOAA Planet Stewards
NOAA Planet Stewards Education Project is a professional development and stewardship opportunity for formal and informal educators working with K-16 students. Educators gain knowledge and resources to help develop scientifically-literate individuals and communities prepared to respond to environmental challenges monitored by NOAA. Planet Stewards also aids educators in the development and implementation of hands-on stewardship projects to conserve, restore, and protect human communities and natural resources.
We offer professional learning opportunities for educators, many of which involve working alongside NOAA scientists and engineers. For additional opportunities, visit the NOAA educator opportunities database.
Teacher at Sea
Teacher at Sea provides teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists. The program provides a unique opportunity for kindergarten through college-level teachers to sail aboard NOAA research ships to work under the tutelage of scientists and crew.
Teacher in the Lab
Teacher in the Lab in Seattle, Washington is a 2 to 3-week summer program that brings high school teachers into the genetics laboratory at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center’s Mukilteo Research Station. Teachers learn about conservation genetic research techniques and research.
Planet Stewards Education Project
Planet Stewards provides K-16 educators with ongoing professional development and support to build a climate-literate public actively engaged in climate stewardship. The program also provides support for educators to implement climate stewardship projects to increase the understanding of climate science and take practical actions to reduce the impacts of climate change.
STEM Teacher and Researcher Program
STAR is a nine-week paid summer research experience program for aspiring K-12 STEM teachers. It provides aspiring STEM teachers with opportunities to do authentic research while helping them translate their research experience into classroom practice.
Bay Watershed Education and Training
B-WET funds locally relevant, authentic experiential environmental education for K-12 students and related professional development for educators. B-WET serves California, Chesapeake Bay, Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, Hawai'i, New England, and the Pacific Northwest.
We offer programs that give students and the public a better understanding of our oceans; inspire youth to pursue careers in science and stewardship; and provide traditionally underrepresented communities with access to scientists and engineers. Below are a sampling of our programs. Additional programs are available in the student opportunities database.
NOAA Science Camp
NOAA Science Camp in Seattle, Washington introduces middle school and high school students to the multidisciplinary nature of research through hands-on science. This camp offers three programs: a week-long summer science camp for middle school youth; a two-week high school Junior Leadership program; and a three-day Remotely Operated Vehicle mini-session.
NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Science Camp
NOAA Fisheries Science Camp in Honolulu, Hawai’i brings middle school students to NOAA's Inouye Regional Center in Honolulu, Hawai’i for one week. Through fun, hands-on activities, campers learn from our scientists and managers how we study ocean species and their habitat.
Savannah State University Coast Camp
This is a four-week ocean science program in Savannah, Georgia that teaches K-12 students about the ocean through an interactive, hands-on curriculum.
Sun to Sea Summer Camp
NOAA’s Sun to Sea middle school science camp Juneau, Alaska provides students with the opportunity to explore atmospheric and marine science with field and laboratory activities focusing on how the ocean and weather are connected.
NOAA Enrichment in Marine Sciences and Oceanography Program
NEMO is an afterschool program Washington, District of Columbia for inner city schools that provides marine science activities, field trips, and resources for teachers and students, and encourages them to participate in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl, a national academic competition for high school students.
NOAA Outreach and Education on Protected Species
This program offers lessons on marine mammals and NOAA Fisheries science with hands-on activities, presentations, and projects for K-5 classrooms Woods Hole, Massachusetts.
Students Collaborating to Undertake Tracking Endangered Sturgeon
SCUTES participants collaborate to learn about shortnose and Atlantic sturgeons along the east coast of the United States.
Alaska Sea Week
As part of Alaska Sea Week, a marine and wetland curriculum provides marine science interpretive programs for K-6 students in the Juneau School District in Juneau, Alaska.
Milford Laboratory Open House and High School Research Collaborations
Local and regional school groups visit NOAA Fisheries’ Milford Laboratory for a day of lab visits in Milford, Connecticut. The Milford Laboratory also collaborates with two regional aquaculture high schools on shellfish and fish aquaculture.
Science Fairs and High School Senior Projects
Through the following programs, high school students can partner with scientists and engineers on science fair and senior projects.
Alaska Fisheries Science Center scientists mentor students in the Southeast Alaska Regional Science Fair in Juneau, Alaska.
Pacific Islands Regional Office staff match scientists with interested students for projects.
Southwest Fisheries Science Center hosts high school students for summer internships.
Southeast Fisheries Science Center hosts high school interns.
Ocean Discovery Institute (San Diego, California)
Ocean Discovery Institute in San Diego, California, uses ocean science to empower young people from under served urban communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as scientific and conservation leaders.
Undergraduate and Graduate Educational Opportunities
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center Young Scientist Opportunity
A collaborative program between the Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center and the Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. This summer program offers professional scientific research experience and formal training opportunities for undergraduate students.
Quantitative Ecology and Socioeconomics Training
QUEST educate and trains the next generation of ecosystem scientists, stock assessment scientists, and economists. It also provides learning and training opportunities on the science behind fisheries management to the general public.
CMBC is a collaboration among NOAA, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego; and the San Diego Supercomputer Center. The collaboration provides interdisciplinary training linking the natural, social and informatic sciences with the goal of training the next generation of marine science scholars.
Ongoing Learning Opportunities
Voices from the Fisheries
The Voices from the Fisheries collects and stores oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing in the United States and its territories. The database is a powerful resource available to the public to inform and educate anyone interested in our local, human experience with the surrounding marine environment.
Visit our educational materials directory to search our inventory of resources for teachers, students, and the general public.
*Please continue to check back! We are in the process of migrating our extensive library of outreach and education materials from our old websites to our new directory.