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Washington State Online Marine Learning Resources

April 9, 2020

Washington Sea Grant supports online learning during the COVID-19 outbreak with a compilation of marine-related education resources created in Washington State.  We will be adding more resources as we find them, so check back regularly – and lets keep learning!

Suggested Resources for grades K-12:

Colors of Nature

Colors of Nature is a project working to show young people how science and creativity can be blended. They offer a series of four learning modules ranging from observational skills and observational drawing to the link of chemistry and art. 


Garden of the Salish Sea

Garden of the Salish Sea uses shellfish aquaculture to teach marine science. They offer curriculum resources for a variety of ages, as well as some videos and other resources.



Based on Bainbridge Island, IslandWood’s normally hand’s on events have been shifted to a virtual platform. They offer number of great videos focused on local wildlife and environmental education.


Junior SeaDoctors

Junior SeaDoctors specializes in young learner education, and has compiled a deep catalog of at home learning resources with a focus on marine science and ecosystems.


Northwest Fisheries Science Center

The NWFSC offers fishery and marine science focused resources. They provide worksheets and games for younger learners and career resources for older learners, including a fantastic choose-your-own-adventure career comic.


Ocean Wise

Ocean Wise does work in a wide range of fields, including a specialization in education. They have a number of quality in-house resources ranging from virtual trips and lessons to worksheets and even recipes to try at home.


Oceans Initiative Virtual Marine Biology Camps

The Seattle-based organization specializes in orca and dolphin research and protection, hosting virtual camps with two marine scientists every Monday and Thursday at 11 am. Episodes are recorded and posted on the site if you want to catch up on past episodes.


Padilla Bay Estuary Kid’s Newsletter

Padilla Bay Reserve is part of the National Estuaries Research Reserve Association. They offer a kid’s newsletter with fresh resources and lessons about estuary and coastal health to keep at home learning fresh.


Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium

Point Defiance has lots of resources for young learners, including indoor and outdoor scavenger hunts, animal facts, and projects.


Seattle Aquarium Sea Otter Live Cam

A live feed of the Seattle Aquarium otters – Fun and relaxing for all ages!


Seattle Aquarium Underwater Seasons Virtual Lesson 

Recorded talks and lessons from the Seattle Aquarium explaining some basic marine science. Great for younger children and provides a great way to supplement interactive activities.


Seattle Aquarium Virtual Field Trip 

Take a  recorded live field trip where students learn about Puget Sound marine animals and food webs. Also includes a diver!


Washington on Water Classroom Resources

This database created by Washington Sea Grant organizes over 150 learning resources with grade level, descriptions, topic breakdown, and filtering. A perfect place to start looking for a specific topic or subject with in-depth materials.


Woodland Park Zoo to You

Resources for at-home virtual zoo tours, fun zoo-themed games, and coloring pages are among the materials available here. Tends to be geared towards younger children.