National Marine Sanctuaries
Resources for Teachers

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NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries provides teachers with resources and trainings 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.


cover image of a whale and calf from the cover of the brochure

Sanctuary Site

This brochure provides highlights on the Hawaiian Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, the National Marine Sanctuary System, and the North Pacific humpback whales that migrate to Hawai`i each year.

The Cultural Significance of Whales in Hawai’i

This brochure provides information on how koholā (whales) have impacted the culture of ancient Hawaiians.

Fishpond of Hawai’i

Information in this brochure describes the features of Native Hawaiian fishponds.

Boating & Ocean Use

The Boating and Ocean Use Brochure features guidelines and regulations designed to help boaters, whale watchers, and other ocean users stay safe and legal on the water during whale season.

Information Sheets & Fact Cards

Sanctuary Information Sheet

This information sheet provides basic information on the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary.

Get Involved Sanctuary Information Sheet

This information sheet details threats to humpback whales, what you can do to help protect humpback whales and other marine wildlife, and provides reporting information.

Understanding Threats to Humpback Whales

This one-page information sheet provides information on the threats to Hawai`i's humpback whales. Great for kids!

Humpback Whale Behavior Sheet

Humpback whales can be seen in Hawai`i's nearshore waters during the winter and their impressive acrobatic displays are often visible from miles away. View this information sheet to learn about their behaviors and also to learn other basic facts about the sanctuary.

Humpback Whale Fact Card

Want to know more about humpback whales? How big they are? What they eat? Check out this fact card.

Marine Protected Species of Hawaii Cards

These cards feature information on Hawai`i's Marine Protected Species. Learn about their biology, behavior, research efforts, and more. The cards were produced by the sanctuary with assistance from other NOAA and State of Hawai`i partners.

Hawaiian Spinner Dolphin

North Pacific Humpback Whale

Hawaiian Monk Seal

Sea Turtles of Hawai’i


Humpback Whale Posters

View pdfs of the Sanctuary's site posters. These posters are not currently available in print.

Humpback Whale Tail

Humpback Whale Breach

Humpback Whale Mother and Calf

Cultural Posters

View two different versions of the Sanctuary's Cultural Poster.

Cultural Poster with Text

Cultural Poster without Text

Marine Mammal Poster

View this poster which shows illustrations of the marine mammals that visit Hawai`i. The back of the poster features information on each of the animals.

Conservation Council of Hawai’i – Seabirds Poster and Education Guide

View this poster developed by the Conservation Council of Hawai`i with the support of the sanctuary and many others which teaches about Hawaii's amazing seabirds.


SPLASH Research Bookmark

View this bookmark which promotes the SPLASH Research Project.

Sanctuary Bookmark

View this bookmark which promotes the Sanctuary's website.