The MPA Collaborative Network wants to share your resources, products, and programs with our Statewide Network. In a time when everyone is sheltering at home, schools are closed, public events are canceled, and you have to maintain at least six feet of distance from other human beings, the world is forced to turn to the virtual realm to connect, learn and play (virtual happy hour anyone?). We know our collaborative members and partners have a plethora of previously developed educational resources and newly developed distance learning programs and we want to help get the word out!

Use the green button below to add your marine protected area (MPA), ocean, and coastal related resources to our Google Sheet database. We will use the database to populate this page highlighting all the amazing things you and your family can do while staying home and saving lives. See what we have compiled so far below!

We also recognize that many people may not have access to the technology needed to utilize these resources. Do you have an idea for reaching underserved and disconnected communities during these digital times? Let us know at mpacollaborativenetwork@gmail.com.

MPA Collaborative Project Library

Collaborative created products. Videos, activities, brochures, curriculums, online modules, and more.

PORTS Home Learning Programs

Join CA State Parks for these live educational webinars every weekday. On Mondays, enjoy 6 hours of K-12 MPA programming broadcast live from different locations on the CA coast.

MPA Monday Livestreams

The North Coast Redwoods District of California State Parks is offering daily livestreams to connect online audiences to parks during COVID-19. Every Monday at 3pm the topic of North Coast MPAs is discussed.

Heal the Bay Knowledge Drops

“Our team of scientists, experts, and advocates explores the water world and offers fun lessons about the marine environment.”  About 1-hour long and includes a live presentation, Q&A, polls, and videos. Generally geared for 3rd – 8th grade students, but all ages are welcome.

Sharkstewards Ocean Action Facebook Live

Join Shark Stewards for our Facebook live Ocean Action series with talks and film on sharks and adventure. Every Friday at noon.

Orange County Coastkeeper Streams

Virtual project offering engaging and educational resources for everyone spending more time indoors. OCCK Streams features content created by OCCK, including live Zoom sessions and more across their website and social platforms.

Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy/Pennington Marine Science Center

30 minute live educational programs on Facebook live. Scheduled determined as content is created and announced on the Emerald Bay Outdoor Academy website, Facebook and Instagram.

Monterey Bay Salmon and Trout Project Live Virtual Field Trips

Spring 2020 – Series – Follow the lifecycle of salmon through our local watersheds Live on Zoom. Join our field naturalist on the river exploring our local salmon and steelhead with you. He will help you discover how this amazing process unfolds. Six-part series on Mondays at 1pm starting May 4.

North Coast MPA Toolkit Grades K-2

Conveniently packaged MPA curriculum, materials and related activities for grades K-2.

North Coast MPA Toolkit Grades 3-5

Conveniently packaged MPA curriculum, materials, and realted activities for grades 3-5.

Online MPA Ambassador Training

Online MPA Ambassador training course. The 18 lesson course includes information on why MPAs are important, how they work and where they are located.

OC Coastkeepers Educational Science Resources for Online Learning

A cohesive list of existing educational online activities (virtual field trips, live webinars, DIY experiments, and much more) organized by subject and grade level. Please fill out the quick survey linked here to receive access to the resource document.

Bilingual MPA Coloring Book

English and Spanish educational coloring book about California’s marine protected areas.

Bilingual MPA Coastal Explorer Guide

English and Spanish 16-page kids activity book about Californias marine protected areas, ocean, and coast. Take the online quiz after completing the book to receive your MPA Steward certificate.

Virtual MPA Tour

Explore California’s Underwater Parks without getting your feet wet through new online tours! The California Google MPA Tours feature detailed descriptions of each of the State and Federal marine protected areas, National Marine Sanctuaries, and National Estuaries, with stunning photos and videos, and links to local “things to do” for your enjoyment and ease of vacation planning.

San Diego MPA Outreach Toolkit

Conveniently packaged K-12 MPA curriculum, materials, and related activities for educators. Designed to improve MPA education, outreach, compliance and stewardship.

International Ocean Film Fest at Home

While we may not be able to get to the ocean right now, we wanted to bring the ocean to you.  Our team has personally curated a list of highlights and award winning International Ocean Film Festival films for you to enjoy at home. We are excited to be able to continue to stay connected through our love of the Ocean. From us to you, enjoy the IOFF Home Edition.

Marine Spatial Planning Challenge

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Challenge, an interactive simulation, has been designed to help decision-makers, stakeholders and students understand and manage the maritime (blue) economy and marine environment.

Virtual Reality MPA SCUBA Dives

Come “dive” with scientists as they explore and conduct research inside marine protected areas (MPAs) across coastal California. Observe fishes, invertebrates and even marine mammals in kelp forests ranging from La Jolla State Marine Reserve (south) to Gerstle Cove SMR in Sonoma County (north).

Serious Games for Coastal and Marine Conservation, Management, and Adaption

Compilation of role-playing/simulation games to educate stakeholders, professionals, students, and the general public about aspects of coastal and marine conservation, management, and adaptation.

Inwater Research Group STEAM Resource Compilation

We know this is a tough time for teachers, parents, and students, which is why we have compiled this comprehensive list of FREE online and digital resources to help supplement learning.  This list includes STEAM resources from all over the U.S. that are either adapted for or can be adapted for home learning.

Monterey Bay Aquarium Learning at Home Resources

Free online courses and guided activities.
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Plastic Wars - PBS Frontline Episode

With the plastic industry expanding like never before and the crisis of ocean pollution growing, FRONTLINE and NPR investigate the fight over the future of plastics.

Explore.org Live Cams

Livestreams from around the world including a kelp forest cam in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. The mission is to allow people to experience nature up close and personal so they can fall in love with the world. So please come explore and welcome to the Explore.org family.