Alaska Sea Grant's Marine Education Resources

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Alaska Sea Grant has been gathering resources and publishing books about our unique and wonderful marine environment for more than 35 years. These pages offer a look at just the tip of the iceberg. Feedback and suggestions are welcome! Come explore what we have to offer, and if you don't find what you're looking for, please ask us.

Alaska Seas and Rivers online curriculum

Alaska Seas and Rivers

The online Alaska Seas and Rivers marine/aquatic curriculum, developed by Alaska teachers, provides high-quality units for use by teachers and homeschoolers, as well as interpreters, youth groups, nature tour guides, and anyone seeking fascinating content on marine science topics. Units for grades K–8 are complete and ready to use. The curriculum meets Alaska science content standards and grade level expectations, and four units in the Grade 8 curriculum have been selected as an NSF–funded Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) educational resource. Teachers: On-site teacher workshops are available at no cost. See the Alaska Seas and Rivers website for more information.


Join a network of ocean scientists, educators, and communicators involved in communicating about research in Alaska's seas. The goal of the group is to promote ocean and climate change literacy, sharing best practices, and integrating ocean science and local and traditional knowledge. Anyone can become a member by subscribing to the SEANET listserve or joining the SEANET group on an interactive Ocean SEANET networking site.

For more information, see COSEE Alaska's news item on Ocean SEANET.

COSEE Alaska

In 2008, a consortium of state marine research organizations used a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to create the Alaska Center for Ocean Science Education Excellence. Visit COSEE Alaska on the Web.

Marine education books, videos and posters

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We offer a variety of educational publications grouped by topic and by grade level for all ages, from K–12 to adult. For a more general listing, visit our bookstore's teaching resources.

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Marine mammals of Alaska

Our marine mammals site has information on whales, sea lions, and other marine mammals. We've posted field guide excerpts for several mammals, as well as 3-D skulls for selected mammals.

Notes from an IPY cruise

In summer 2007, Nome Marine advisory agent Heidi Herter took part in a research cruise from Dutch Harbor to Nome. Read her journal entries as she reports on scientists and their work aboard the Oshoro maru.