Two children in sillhouette in front of an aquarium exhibit of invertebrates

Children discover ocean life at the Smithsonian National Zoo's invertebrates exhibit in Washington, DC. Photo Credit: NOS/NOAA

Ocean observing is a complex and rich subject.

Here, we have gathered formal and informal educational resources offered by U.S. IOOS and our regional associations to help explore ocean observing in the context of physical, chemical, geological, and biological changes in our oceans, coasts, and Great Lakes.

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The integration of real world data into classroom instruction is a powerful means to increase student interest and understanding of concepts.


Explore a selection of wide-ranging online resources, dedicated to providing education and programming related to marine life.


From Alaska to the Caribbean and everywhere in between, regional websites offer a wealth of educational resources about oceans and coasts.


These helpful links offer information about jobs, internships, and funding opportunities, as well as camps and other educational programs for young scientists.