The Environmental Literacy Program increases impact through collaborations.

The Environmental Literacy Program supports long-term partnerships that enable the education community to incorporate and deliver the latest scientific information on the topics of the ocean, coasts, weather and climate. These are mutually beneficial relationships. Our partners leverage NOAA data, educational products and prior investments to enrich their offerings with the latest scientific findings, and NOAA leverages their education capabilities to reach diverse audiences in new ways.



The American Meteorological Society (AMS) Datastreme program comprises pre-college teacher professional development in atmospheric, ocean and climate sciences. Through a longstanding partnership with NOAA, AMS offers semester-long courses to K-12 teachers using weather, climate, and the ocean as contexts for teaching science and improving understanding about the Earth system among K-12 students and their teachers.


The Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center (CELC) Network is a consortium of 25 aquariums and marine science education centers located in the United States, Canada, and Mexico. With a reach of over 20 million people, the CELC Network seeks to work together to engage the public in protecting coastal and marine ecosystems. The network is coordinated by NOAA’s Office of Education.


NOAA has a long-term partnership with San Francisco's Exploratorium that spans all aspects of the agency's mission. Begun in 2009 and motivated by the Exploratorium's 2013 move to their over-the-water location on Pier 15, NOAA scientists help exhibit developers and educators understand and interpret NOAA’s data, advise on instruments to install to collect environmental data, and provide public presentations on their work. NOAA’s research ships regularly dock at the Exploratorium allowing NOAA Corps to conduct tours of ships and on-board scientists to explain the ship’s scientific mission to visitors and Exploratorium employees. This partnership allows NOAA to explore and deploy new methods of presenting the work of the Agency in a proven educational setting with unique facilities and capacities.


The GLOBE Program is a worldwide, hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE's vision promotes and supports students, teachers and scientists to collaborate on inquiry-based investigations of the environment and the Earth system. NOAA supports GLOBE in close partnership with the sponsoring agencies, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Science Foundation.


The National Ocean Sciences Bowl, managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadershipoffsite link, is a nationally recognized and highly acclaimed high school academic competition that provides a forum for talented students to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology. The competition was created in 1998 in honor of the International Year of the Ocean and since its inception, the competition has grown to include 25 regional competition locationsoffsite link with 300 schools and over 2,000 students participating annually.


Ocean Discovery Institute uses science to empower young people from urban and underserved communities to transform their lives, their community, and our world as scientific and conservation leaders. Through this partnership NOAA shares its scientific expertise and other assets to support this San Diego-based organization in providing scientifically rigorous programs that also build leadership skills with a context relevant to the community being served. Through existing and future collaborations, Ocean Discovery Institute and NOAA will be demonstrating effective, long-term strategies for engaging and retaining underserved students in fields of conservation and science, technology, engineering and mathematics, while informing the practices of each organization with regard to management and impacts of high-value partnerships.


NOAA's Office of Education supports a network of institutions that use NOAA's Science On a Sphere® as a science education tool. Science On a Sphere is a spherical display system that uses four computer-driven video projectors to display images on a smooth, white, six-foot-diameter, carbon-fiber sphere. Over 100 institutions worldwide that reach more than 60 million visitors annually comprise the network. NOAA supports these institutions through face-to-face workshops and digital collaboration tools to facilitate the sharing of best practices among members who are discovering new and innovative approaches in using the sphere for science education as well as to inform NOAA's Earth System Research Lab on how to further develop the system to support these approaches.