Alliance Partnerships

NOAA Ocean Exploration maintains long-standing Education Alliance Partnerships with aquariums, science centers, universities, and national marine sanctuaries to offer professional development for educators nationwide. These opportunities provide educators with materials and web-based resources to bring ocean science and exploration topics alive in their classroom. Educational Alliance Partnerships are supported through the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation .

Alliance Partner locations currently offering NOAA Ocean Exploration Professional Development Workshops

Learn more about our Alliance Partners:

Albuquerque BioPark The Albuquerque BioPark logo

Located on the Rio Grande River, the ABQ BioPark is the Zoo, Botanic Garden, Aquarium and Tingley Beach. The Zoo is home to over 900 animals, many of which are in conservation programs. The Botanic Garden has 32 acres of exhibits, highlighting plants from the Southwest USA and around the world. The Aquarium exhibits native freshwater species and ocean animals. Tingley Beach has recreational fishing. We are the top tourist destination in New Mexico.

Learn more about the ABQ Biopark .

Aquarium of the Pacific The Aquarium of the Pacific logo

The Aquarium of the Pacific displays 12,000 animals that celebrate the planet’s largest and most diverse body of water, the Pacific Ocean. Beyond its world-class animal exhibits, the Aquarium offers educational programs for people of all ages from hands-on activities to lectures by leading scientists. The Education department strives to provide educators professional development opportunities that contribute to the implementation of NGSS.

Learn more about teacher resources offered at the Aquarium of the Pacific .

The Dauphin Island Sea Lab The Dauphin Island Sea Lab logo

Founded in 1971 by the State Legislature, the Dauphin Island Sea Lab (DISL) is Alabama’s marine science education and research institution. Located on the eastern tip of Dauphin Island, a barrier island in the Gulf of Mexico, DISL is perfectly situated for a wide range of marine science activity. DISL serves Pre-K through gray with a wide variety of educational programs through Discovery Hall, University Programs and the Aquarium of Alabama.

Learn more about the Dauphin Island Sea Lab  and the education programs at Discovery Hall Programs .

EcoExploratorio: Museum of Sciences of Puerto Rico The EcoExploratorio logo

The EcoExploratorio (EcoEX) is an independent initiative of scientific and technological education of Puerto Rico. It is for everyone and by everyone. EcoEX attracts people through living experiences, fosters curiosity and critical thinking, promotes shared knowledge and effective communication, and develops a growing love and respect for science. The mission is to inspire people to explore, share and protect the natural environment through science, engineering, mathematics and technology.

Learn more about the EcoExploratorio .

Georgia Aquarium The EcoExploratorio logo

Located in Atlanta, GA, the Georgia Aquarium is a scientific institution that entertains and educates, features exhibits and programs of the highest standards, and offers engaging and exciting guest experiences that promote the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. As a leader in aquatic research and exceptional animal care, we are dedicated to fostering a deeper appreciation for our ocean and the animals that call it home.

The Georgia Aquarium is not offering NOAA Ocean Exploration professional development opportunities at this time.

Learn more about the Georgia Aquarium .

Great Lakes Aquarium The Great Lakes Aquarium logo

Located along the shore of Lake Superior, Great Lakes Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit that opened in 2001. Great Lakes Aquarium features animals and habitats found within the Great Lakes basin as well as other freshwater and marine ecosystems. Beyond its doors, Great Lakes Aquarium creates a sense of place through early childhood and youth programs, educator trainings, and free learning materials for regional educators.

Learn more about the Great Lakes Aquarium .

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium The Loveland Living Planet Aquarium logo

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that inspires people to Explore, Discover, and Learn about Earth’s diverse ecosystems. A world-class facility, the Aquarium provides learning opportunities at all levels, interests, and ages. Since opening in Draper in March 2014, the Aquarium has welcomed nearly six million visitors. LLPA is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

Learn more about the education programs at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium .

Mystic Aquarium Mystic Aquarium logo

The mission of Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education, and research. The Aquarium, located in Mystic, CT, is one of the world’s leading aquariums and the northeast’s premier marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center. The Aquarium offers robust conservation and education programming and unparalleled visitor experiences through structured interpretations, curated exhibits, and hands-on interactions.

Learn more about the Mystic Aquarium .

The National Aquarium The National Aquarium logo

The National Aquarium, located in Baltimore, MD, seeks to inspire conservation of the world's aquatic treasures. Through education, research, conservation action and advocacy, the Aquarium pursues a vision to change the way humanity cares for our ocean planet while meeting the needs of diverse communities locally and beyond. Their conservation work focuses on combating climate change, saving wildlife and habitats, and stopping plastic pollution.

Learn more about the National Aquarium .

New England Aquarium The New England Aquarium logo

The New England Aquarium provides an underwater experience for the visitor and is a cultural institution that would reconnect Boston to its waterfront. In its more than 30 years of existence it has developed several programs to help preserve and bring a better understanding of marine life to the visitor and its exhibits have been under constant expansion and renovation. The Aquarium continues its tradition to serve as a leader in research, education and conservation.

The New England Aquarium is not offering NOAA Ocean Exploration professional development opportunities at this time.

Learn more about the New England Aquarium .

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary The Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary logo

Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary includes 3,188 square miles of marine waters off the rugged Olympic Peninsula coastline of Washington State. The sanctuary extends 25 to 40 miles seaward, covering much of the continental shelf and several major submarine canyons. The sanctuary protects a productive upwelling zone - home to marine mammals and seabirds, and occupies a maritime cultural landscape that has supported humans since time immemorial.

Learn more about the Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary .

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry logo

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums, a world-class tourist attraction, and an award-winning educational resource for the kid in each of us. OMSI operates the largest museum-based outdoor science education program in the country and provides traveling and community outreach programs that bring science learning opportunities to schools and community organizations in every county in Oregon.

Learn more about the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry .

South Carolina Aquarium The South Carolina Aquarium logo

The South Carolina Aquarium is an award-winning nonprofit that connects people with water, wildlife and wild places. Showcasing South Carolina habitats, from the mountains to the sea, it is also home to the Sea Turtle Care Center™, a rehabilitation facility for ailing sea turtles. Education is the heart of the Aquarium’s mission, reaching students and teachers worldwide through distance learning, free school programs, workshops and outreach.

Learn more about the South Carolina Aquarium .

Texas State Aquarium The Texas State Aquarium logo

The Texas State Aquarium is a nonprofit aquarium located in Corpus Christi, Texas. It is dedicated to promoting environmental conservation and rehabilitation of the wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico. It has been accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums since 1995. Education is the cornerstone of the mission at Texas State Aquarium. Educational experiences are designed to promote inclusive and collaborative learning and empower learners of all ages to reach their full potential.

The Texas State Aquarium is not offering NOAA Ocean Exploration professional development opportunities at this time.

Learn more about the Texas State Aquarium .

University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science The University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science logo

Education and Outreach programs engage pre-college students, K-12 educators, and graduate students. The Education Team offers outdoor, coastal field trips, professional development opportunities, and experiential courses. Programs focus on coastal ecology, geology, watershed stewardship, ocean research, exploration & technology. We aspire to provide valued programs that educate, advance ocean literacy, and encourage everyone’s citizen scientist.

Learn more about the education and outreach programs at University of South Florida’s College of Marine Science .

Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (University of the Virgin Islands) The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service logo

The Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS), a part of the University of Puerto Rico’s Sea Grant College Program , is located within the Center for Marine and Environmental Studies  at the University of the Virgin Islands. VIMAS works with the Virgin Islands community to raise awareness about our natural resources and foster environmental stewardship.

The University of the Virgin Islands is not offering NOAA Ocean Exploration professional development opportunities at this time.

Learn more about the education and outreach programs at Virgin Islands Marine Advisory Service (VIMAS) .

Waikīkī Aquarium / University of Hawaii The Waikīkī Aquarium / University of Hawaii logo

The Waikīkī Aquarium, founded in 1904, is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States and a part of the University of Hawaii . Known for its vibrant displays of living corals and reef fish, the Waikīkī Aquarium's exhibits, programs, and research focus on the marine life of Hawaii and the tropical Pacific.The Waikīkī Aquarium's mission statement is to inspire and promote understanding, appreciation and conservation of Pacific marine life.

Learn more about the education and outreach programs at Waikīkī Aquarium / University of Hawaii .


Professional Development

Learn more about the professional development opportunities provided by NOAA Ocean Exploration via our Education Alliance Partnerships.

Contact us

Interested in learning more about or joining the Education Alliance Partnership program? Contact the NOAA Ocean Exploration Education Team at