Alaska Sea Grant's Marine Education Resources

Ocean Festival activity

Alaska Sea Grant has been gathering resources and publishing books about our unique and wonderful marine environment for more than 45 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 Watersheds online curriculum

Alaska Seas and Watersheds

The online Alaska Seas and Watersheds* marine/aquatic curriculum, developed by Alaska teachers, provides high-quality units for grades K–8 for use by teachers and homeschoolers, as well as youth groups, nature tour guides, and anyone seeking fascinating content on marine science topics. The curriculum meets Alaska science content standards and grade level expectations. Four units in the Grade 8 curriculum have been selected as a National Science Foundation–funded Climate Literacy and Energy Awareness Network (CLEAN) educational resource.

Teaching about Alaska Sea and Watersheds can begin or culminate in a celebration! “Get Your Feet Wet,” an online event that runs from April 1 to May 31, offers teachers the chance to share their local event with other Alaskan teachers and students.

*Formerly known as Alaska Seas and Rivers

Professional development for teachers

Alaska Seas and Watersheds teacher workshops—on-site at your school or district in-service—are available at no cost. These workshops introduce teachers to the resources available to them to teach about Alaska’s ocean, coastal, and watershed environments and provide training in science and literacy teaching strategies in alignment with state and national standards. Professional development credit can be arranged through the University of Alaska. Contact Dawn Montano if you are interested in a workshop for your school or school district.

Searchable database of Alaska marine and climate change education resources

Lesson plans and multimedia resources on topics relevant to Alaska marine ecosystems, such as marine ecology, climate change, ocean acidification, and science teaching strategies are available at a website developed by Alaska Sea Grant as a partner in the Alaska Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence (COSEE).

National Ocean Sciences Bowl/Alaska Tsunami Bowl

The Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl is a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of the oceans. This regional event is part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The winning team of the Alaska Tsunami Bowl competes against other regional teams from all over the United States. Alaska Sea Grant maintains the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl website.

Marine education books, videos and posters

book covers Ocean bounty poster

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.

Classroom visits, field trips, afterschool and summer programs

Contact the Marine Advisory agent in your community or region for help with planning field trips, classroom visits by scientists, afterschool programs, or summer youth camps.

School-based environmental monitoring projects

Alaska Sea Grant has published a handbook, Community-Based Monitoring of Alaska’s Coastal and Ocean Environment, for planning and implementing citizen science or community-based monitoring projects. The book includes tips for collaborations between scientists and K–12 teachers to meaningfully engage students in data collection and analysis. More resources for planning and evaluating citizen science projects are available on the Alaska Community-Based Monitoring website.

Harbor seal skull

Marine mammals of Alaska

Our Alaska 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.