Teacher Resources

Ocean Career Video Series for students  'Sea Your Future'

These five minute videos highlight black, Indigenous, and people of color in career pathways in marine research and ocean conservation. The main goal of the series is to represent marine scientists of color as role models for students to inspire a world of possibilities for their future careers. The videos tell the story of how these individuals got involved in the field, what they do, what barriers they encountered, and what they enjoy most about their work.

Active Listening Questions for Students: 

Suggest giving pairs of students the following active listening questions while viewing the videos

  1. What is the name and title of the person in the video?
  2. How does their work or research help protect the ocean?
  3. What was one of their biggest challenges they faced in pursuing their career?
  4. Did they share a cool or crazy story about their job? If so, what was it?
  5. Did they provide any advice on how to pursue a marine research or conservation career? If so, what was it?
  6. Did you learn anything new that got you excited about pursuing a career in ocean science or conservation?

Deep Coral Communities Sentinels of a Changing Ocean Curriculum

colorful fish, sponges and corals in the deep sea

Take your students on an incredible journey hundreds of feet beneath the surface of the ocean without ever leaving the classroom! Using research footage from remotely operated vehicles, your students will be able to utilize real scientific methods to explore the unique deep-sea coral communities found in our West Coast national marine sanctuaries (including Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary). These materials are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Education Standards and Ocean and Climate Literacy standards. Materials include: lesson plan, video, powerpoint slideshow and script, supporting materials to go with lesson plan, and an interactive poster. Free to download from the National Marine Sanctuaries Education web page.

Dungeness Crab Case Study: Communication Toolkit

a bright orange dungeness crab with all its claws visible

The Dungeness Crab Tool Kit provides various outreach and education tools to teach about how ocean acidification could negatively impact dungeness crab. Dungeness crab is a valuable species throughout the national marine sanctuaries of the West Coast from Washington state to throughout California. This communication toolkit is designed for educators and communicators to use to teach others about the impact of ocean acidification on Dungeness crab.

The toolkit includes: fact sheet; infographic; PowerPoint slideshow with script; reference list; resource list; public domain video B-roll; and public domain images.

Access the case study


Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary 50th Anniversary Poster

The Farallon Islands provide a dramatic backdrop to the highly productive and diverse marine ecosystem around them. Common murres can be seen nesting in colonies on the rocky cliffs and diving for food. Below the waves, a white shark takes center stage while sea lions swim among bull kelp forests. Other species offshore and along the rocky shore include Chinook salmon, blue rockfish, red abalone, sea stars, red and purple urchins, and pink encrusted algae.
This two-sided poster features Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary, located off the northern coast of California. A special place for endangered species, sensitive habitats, historic shipwrecks, and cultural resources, this poster highlights the true beauty and importance of the waters surrounding Greater Farallones. The backside highlights species and quick facts about the sanctuary.

Harvestable Bounty of the Sea Poster

different types of boats that spend time in the sanctuary
This poster highlights fishing vessels from the past and present that harvest from the sanctuaries.

Los Pajaros de los Esteros (Birds of the Esteros) Poster

different types of shorebirds and a painted illustration of an estero
This poster highlights coastal birds that frequent Esteros Americano and San Antonio

To learn more, contact Justin Holl at (415) 530-5351 or justin.holl@noaa.gov.

Teacher Development Workshops

Teacher At Sea

jenny hartigan working on deck

Are you interested in being a Teacher at Sea?

The mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Teacher at Sea Program is to provide teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them unique insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation. 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. To learn more about this program: https://teacheratsea.noaa.gov.

For more information and application materials visit: cordellbank.noaa.gov/education/wrkshpsprgrms.html

Past Workshops

Ocean Acidification Education Teacher Workshop

7th-12th Grade

Join educators from San Francisco's Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary and Hawaii's Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument for a day of experiments, lively activities, and the latest research on ocean acidification. Participants will learn about the processes behind the changing chemistry and biology of our ocean and how increased acidity affects ocean food webs. The workshop will feature innovative programs and high impact solutions for reducing carbon emissions.

Teachers may later borrow materials to lead the NGSS-aligned experiments and activities.

For more information in scheduling a workshop: carol.a.preston@noaa.gov

LiMPETS Workshops

Looking for new ways to make science come alive in your classroom? Greater Farallones Association offers a series of exciting and insightful lectures, workshops, and field excursions to support our community of teachers and connect them with the sanctuary. Workshop presentations, activities, and content are geared for middle and high school biology and environmental science teachers; however, all teachers and educators are welcome. Learn more about workshop schedules, details, and online registration or contact Jaclyn Schneider at (415) 530-5371 or jschneider@farallones.org.

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To learn more, or schedule a visit, contact Justin Holl at (415) 530-5351 or justin.holl@noaa.gov.