Downloadable Lessons Plans/Teacher Resources

Census of Marine Life Gulf of Maine Area Online Lesson Plans
EPA Teacher Resource Center- This website will inspire your teaching about the environment! You'll find our best lesson plans and activity guides, on-line curriculum and video libraries, award programs, funding opportunities and more.
United States Geological Survey Teaching modules
Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council Coastal Awareness Activity Book and Teacher’s Guide


  • Buoy Observations- Give students a look at real-time data and show how each location in the ocean is different by graphing the data with this worksheet. This will allow students to question why each buoy collects data and why locations may differ. 
  • Buoy Definitions- This worksheet is made up of common terms students will come across when looking at buoy stations and their data. 
  • IOOS Scavenger Hunt- To introduce students to IOOS and the websites available to them, a scavenger hunt helps them find answers for themselves! This will give students the oppotunity to explore data portals, buoys, and learn about the organizations monitoring their oceans. The scavenger hunt is made to assist students or educators with first time navigation of IOOS sites.
  • Adopt A Buoy- This worksheet will give students a chance to "adopt" a buoy of their choice and monitor it over an extended period of time. In doing so students can gain understanding in the importance of buoy observations and monitoring, and why looking at data over time is relevant.


IOOS & Regional Association (RA) Handouts: Outlines the data types avaliable, relevant education tools, and contact information specific to each RA. 



CeNCOOS, Central and Northern California IOOS

GCOOS, Gulf of Maine IOOS

GLOS, Great Lakes IOOS

IOOS, U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System


NANOOS, Northwest IOOS


PacIOOS, Pacific Islands IOOS

SCCOOS, Southeast California IOOS

SECOORA, Southeast Coastal Ocean IOOS


On-Site Educational Facility

Bedford Institute of Oceanography
Sea Pavilion
Seacoast Science Center
Gulf of Maine Research Institute


University Programs

Boston University Marine Science Undergraduate/Graduate Program 
Dalhousie University Department of Oceanography 
University of Maine
University of Massachusetts 
University of NH 
University of RI 
University of Connecticut


Teacher Workshops

Maine Department of Marine Resources Teacher Training, In-Service Workshops
New England Aquarium Teacher Resources/Professional Development
Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Aquatic WILD


Public Education/Outreach Materials

NEOSEC - New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative
WHOI Ocean Topics Ocean Instruments
NOAA/IOOS Outreach Materials (one-pagers, brochures, videos, podcasts, lesson plans)
NURC - National Undersea Research Center (North Atlantic and Great Lakes)
New England Aquarium Lecture Series



Gulf of Maine Council Gulf of Maine Times
Gulf of Maine Marine Habitat Primer

Data Access/Tools 

Massachusetts Coastal Zone Management Massachusetts Ocean Resource Information System (MORIS) online mapping tool
Northeast States Emergency Consortium Real-Time Hazard Maps
National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) (Wells, Great Bay, Waquoit, Narragansett Bay) 
Data Resources: System-Wide Monitoring Program (SWMP), Centralized Data Mangement Office, Lesson Plans Using SWMP Data


Career Center

Marine and Oceanographic Technology Network Career Center


Stakeholder Input 

Mass Ocean Partnership Public and Stakeholder Input
Rhode Island Ocean SAMP Stakeholder Meetings



OPeNDAP Data Connector Online Tutorial



2016 Ocean Literacy Summit

Rhode Island Sea Grant Marine Wind Farm Science Symposium

2012 Ocean Literacy Summit