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To inform and prepare the next generation of coastal professionals

Sea Grant educators provide valuable leadership in marine and aquatic science education activities throughout the nation, playing a leading role in K‐12, undergraduate, graduate, professional, technical and public education in coastal communities.

Sea Grant educators provide valuable leadership in marine and aquatic science education.

Education programs are designed to inform citizens in coastal and Great Lakes communities and help prepare the next generation of professionals involved with our nation’s coastal resources, communities and economies. Sea Grant’s education portfolio includes undergraduate and graduate education, teacher education, K-12 curriculum development and programs, fellowships, informal education for the general public, special training programs for industry and much more. Educators work closely with universities, the NOAA Office of Education, the National Marine Educators Association and other partners to develop formal education programs, workforce training and professional education programs.

Download a summary of Sea Grant’s Education Programming. (PDF)


The Bridge is Sea Grant’s online collection of ocean education resources. The Bridge is a growing collection of the best marine education resources available on-line. It provides educators with a convenient source of accurate and useful information on global, national, and regional marine science topics, and gives researchers a contact point for educational outreach. Resources are organized as indicated on the sidebar on the left side of the screen. Partners include the National Sea Grant College Program (Sea Grant), the National Oceanographic Partnership Program (NOPP), and the National Marine Educators Association (NMEA).

Visit our Teacher Pay Teachers storefront to access free Sea Grant educational materials.

Visit the Sea Grant Collection at the NOAA Library for educational materials and our published research papers.

Check out this collection of sites dedicated to providing educational resources for teachers, parents and students. Explore these at-home learning ideas and activities for any time of year.

Scuttlebutt is the national email discussion list for educators and scientists interested in talking informally about ocean education ideas, issues and questions. Join the ocean education conversation!

Education by the Numbers

*Educators refers to total number of Sea Grant-affiliated educators. Sea Grant education full-time equivalents = 65.

Metrics reported in Summer 2023 for work conducted February 1, 2023 to January 31, 2023.










Sea Grant programs produce videos covering a wide variety of topics. Check out our videos page for featured educational series (such as 15-second science), clips sharing Sea Grant work, and short stories of people who live along coasts or make a living on the water. 


The Our New Age of Water series takes a hard and hopeful look at topics related to the present and future use of water. The intent is that each installment of Our New Age of Water will advance ideas about water-related research and innovative technologies.


Sea Grant and its programs support students of all ages on their educational journey. Check out our student blogs to learn what Sea Grant Scholars are doing in the science, policy, education and art spaces and explore our alumni blogs to see where our students end up!

Featured Education Projects

Sea Grant Education in the News

Images of Sea Grant's work in research, education and extension provided by (from left to right) Wisconsin, Guam and Florida Sea Grant programs. Design by Hallee Meltzer | National Sea Grant Office.

Sea Grant takes center stage in Oceanography special issue

NOAA Sea Grant-funded research and work with coastal and Great Lakes communities across the nation are being highlighted in a special issue of “Oceanography,” the official journal of The Oceanography Society. 

This special issue, published in April 2024, features 36 articles contributed by Sea Grant authors across 29 programs and the NOAA National Sea Grant Office. 

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