Workshops and Programs

photo of a person walking on sea kelp

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. Workshops focus on topics related to ocean conservation and marine sanctuary ecosystems. To see what workshops we are offering, see below, or check the Calendar of Events.

Teacher Workshop: Climate Stewardship: Following the Water in California Watersheds

September 14-16th, 2017
“Follow the Water” teacher institute is designed to help teachers draw connections between inland waterways and ocean health in the context of climate change and ocean acidification.
Who?-Middle School teachers
What? Our 3-day institute will offer a blend of field investigations, classroom activities and group discussions, and all participants will leave with an array of high quality, classroom-ready watershed and climate resources. We will explore three unique locations indicative of the terrestrial ecosystems within the greater San Francisco Bay and Pacific Coast watersheds: The institute has been generously funded by the California Coastal Commission, and has partners at Stanford University, California Project WET, the SF Bay NERR and the Cordell Bank NMS.

Get more info and Register Here!

Teacher at Sea

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary recruits and places educators to be Teacher(s) at Sea on the annual ACCESS cruise in collaboration with the Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Point Blue Conservation Science. Learn more and meet past teachers at sea here.

Teacher at Sea Opportunities are seasonal and require a commitment from the teacher to participate fully during the research cruise if selected and implement new activities in the classroom related to the at sea experience. To find out how to apply for a Teacher at Sea experience with Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary contact

Student film competition/San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival

poster of the student film competition

Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary proudly sponsors the annual student film competition at the San Francisco International Ocean Film Festival. Students in grades 6-12 submit a short ocean themed film 5 min or less for judging by a panel. The top 10 films selected screen at the festival and the top 3 receive cash prizes!

Deadline to submit films for the 2017 festival is January 9th, 2017

The film festival is March 9th-12th, 2017

Flyer for competition for distribution (attach pdf download here)

For more information click here.

Local Grant Opportunities

Find out about local grant opportunities for implementing watershed and ocean related education programs in your classroom. The Ocean Guardian Program and San Francisco BWET programoffer funds to school/organizations that want to implement watershed based/ocean education related education programs.

Sanctuary Integrated Monitoring Network

Learn more about current science that is taking place in national marine sanctuaries of the west coast. Natural history, photos, maps, and research summaries can all be found here. Produced prior to the expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones national marine sanctuaries in 2015.

Tracking Ocean Animals - Animals in Curriculum Based Ecosystem Studies (ACES)

ACES captures the interest of middle and high school students as they learn science in the context of the ocean, with high quality curriculum-based activities and NOAA remote sensing data. Students can follow animals through NOAA's national marine sanctuaries, including Cordell Bank. Track ocean animals while learning about issues that may affect them. Produced prior to the expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones national marine sanctuaries in 2015. *
*This project was initially funded by a NOAA Environmental Literacy Grant, the website is freely available to use, including free activities you can find here. For more information on professional development related to ACES, visit the ACES website link.

Sanctuary Media Library and Sanctuary Encyclopedia

Download free images and videos and search facts and figures about Cordell Bank in theNational Marine Sanctuary Encyclopedia and Sanctuary Media Library. Produced prior to the expansion of Cordell Bank and Gulf of the (now "Greater") Farallones national marine sanctuaries in 2015.