For Teachers and Public

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NOAA's Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary works with local educators to provide environmental education resources, class visits, and information about marine-related activities, workshops, and grant funding opportunities.

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Classroom Programs

Over 15,000 students have participated in sanctuary programs throughout the islands, which include classroom instruction, after-school activities, and visitations to the sanctuary education center in Kīhei, Maui.

Each island hosts different types of education opportunities, including class visits for K-12 and college students. For opportunities on all other islands, contact

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Teacher Workshops

Opportunities for teachers are available on all Islands. Contact Patty Miller at to get updates on marine related activities, teacher workshops, environmental resources and grant opportunities.

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Virtual Dives

Immerse yourself in the ocean and your national marine sanctuaries without getting wet! These virtual reality voyages use 360-degree images to highlight the amazing habitats, animals, and cultural resources you can find in each national marine sanctuary.

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Ocean Guardian Programs

Ocean Guardian programs encourage children to explore their natural surroundings to form a sense of personal connection to the ocean and/or watersheds in which they live.

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Materials and Resources

Explore teacher resources, brochures, marine wildlife fact cards, posters and more.

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Grant Opportunities

Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Hawai`i is an environmental education program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning primarily for grades K-12.

For additional information:

Maui, Oah‘u, the Big Island, Moloka‘i, and Lāna‘i: please contact

Kaua‘i: please contact