Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary may not be accessible to most people, but its importance in the marine ecosystem is emphasized through education and outreach programs. The sanctuary staff works to get ocean literacy based programs into schools and informal programs by working with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and local partners. Through exhibits, radio programs, teacher workshops/programs, field seminars, and occasional lectures and films, the sanctuary staff hopes to reach as many people as possible to emphasize the importance of a healthy ocean in our lives.

For Educators

NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries provides teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in America's classrooms. You will find curriculum, lesson plans, and activities that will excite your students about science and technology.

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Teacher Learning Opportunities

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary occasionally offers or partners with other marine education organizations to offer a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers, including Teacher at Sea Opportunities.

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Find curriculum and activities to use with students

Curriculum and activities including Winged Ambassadors - Ocean Literacy Through the Eyes of Albatross.

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School Programs

Sanctuary education programs offer science field trips, classroom programs, exhibit discovery experiences, student field monitoring opportunities, teacher workshops and resources.

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For Students and Families

Explore games, photos and multimedia.

Sanctuary Facts

Learn about the sanctuary, the environment and the inhabitants.