Teacher at Sea with Cordell Bank and
Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuaries

teacher in front of R/V Fulmar

Learn first hand how marine ecologists monitor the ocean

When: July 17-30th 2017 (exact dates TBD in that timeframe)

"Being on a vessel is a true adventure; it is very unpredictable and invigorating. Being a part of the survey team gives hands on experience of how scientists monitor the conditions of the ocean. It deepened my scope of understanding about marine research as well as the open ocean habitat. As an instructor, experiences like these become threaded into various science units and become a hook for the learner." -Elaine Bechler, TAS, 2011


Teachers at Sea are expected to contribute to the daily working operations, write/share a daily blog with the NOAA Teacher at Sea Program, and produce and share a lesson plan based on the experience and new knowledge. Teachers who complete all the NOAA Teacher at Sea program requirements become part of the NOAA Teacher at Sea Alumni Association where teachers get access to further NOAA science opportunities. The science project being carried out during this mission is called ACCESS (Applied California Current Ecosystem Studies), learn more about the ACCESS study here

"My Teacher At Sea experience in collaboration with the Cordell Bank Sanctuary, Gulf of Farallones Sanctuary and PRBO provided me with a hands on experience that I have been able to share with my past and present students. Stories, practical research experience and and continued support from the Teacher At Sea program has resulted in the development of a successful Marine Biology elective course offering. It was really the experience of a lifetime for myself and my students." -Beth Lancaster (TAS, 2008)

Deadline to apply is Feb 24th, 2017
Complete the application forms Form A
(along with the two letters of recommendation Forms B
and Form C) and send to

Jennifer Stock
Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary
PO Box 159
Olema, CA 94950
fax: 415 663 0315
phone: 415 464 5263

Final selection will be made by March 3rd, 2017 and applicants notified.