NOAA in your backyard: Mid-Atlantic
State by state listings of NOAA facilities and programs
A summary of NOAA facilities, staff, programs, or activities based in, or focused on, your state or territory.
School visits • Forecast office tours • Student and educator resources
The National Weather Service provides weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States, its territories, adjacent waters and ocean areas.
- To find your local Weather Forecast Office (WFO), visit the National Weather Service local contact page and click on your state. There will be a name, email address, and phone number for the WFO that serves your area.
- Visit weather.gov and enter your zip code to find your local WFO.
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
The National Estuarine Research Reserves System protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 29 reserves located in 23 states and Puerto Rico for purposes of long-term research, environmental monitoring, education and stewardship.
- Delaware Reserve (DE) – Maggie Pletta, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org, 302.739.6377
- Chesapeake Bay Reserve (MD) – Coreen Weilminster, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
- Jacques Cousteau Reserve (NJ)offsite link – Kaitlin Gannon, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Hudson River Reserve (NY)offsite link – Chris Bowser, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
- Chesapeake Bay Reserve (VA)offsite link – Annie Markwith, Education Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
NOAA’s 14 National Marine Sanctuaries serve as the trustee for the nation’s system of marine protected areas, to conserve, protect, and enhance their biodiversity, ecological integrity, and cultural legacy.
- Mallows Bay-Potomac River Sanctuary (MD) – Paul Orlando, Chesapeake Bay Regional Coordinator: email@example.com
- Monitor Sanctuary (VA) – Shannon Ricles, Education and Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Professional development • Curriculum • Student and educator resources
Sea Grant is a nationwide network of 34 university-based programs that conduct scientific research, education, training, and extension projects designed to foster science-based decisions about the use and conservation of our aquatic resources.
- Delaware Sea Grantoffsite link – Christopher Petrone, Marine Education Extension Director: email@example.com
- Maryland Sea Grantoffsite link – Adam Frederick, Assistant Director for Education: firstname.lastname@example.org
- New Jersey Sea Grantoffsite link – Diana Burich, Acting Director of Education & K-12 Program Coordinator: email@example.com
- New York Sea Grantoffsite link – Krista Stegemann Hass, Ocean and Marine Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pennsylvania Sea Grantoffsite link – Marti Martz, Lake Erie Office Senior Coastal Outreach Specialist: email@example.com
- Virginia Sea Grantoffsite link – Lisa Ayers Lawrence, Marine Education Program Leader: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lesson plans and curricula • Stewardship projects • Media library
The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts free from the impacts of marine debris.
Student opportunities • Laboratory facilities • NOAA scientists • Educator resources
The NOAA Fisheries Service is dedicated to the stewardship of living marine resources through science-based conservation and management, and the promotion of healthy ecosystems. They have regional offices and several smaller field offices.
- Chesapeake Bay Office (Annapolis, MD) – Bart Merrick, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
- James J. Howard Marine Sciences Laboratory (Sandy Hook, NJ) – Amanda Plantamura, Administrative Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Newport News, VA Field Office – (757) 595-2692
- Greater Atlantic Regional Office (Gloucester, MA) – Kate Swailes, Communications, Outreach, and Education: email@example.com
- Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Woods Hole, MA) – Cheryl Kitts, Communications Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Curriculum • Data • Multimedia
The Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) is a national-regional partnership working to provide new tools and forecasts to improve safety, enhance the economy, and protect our environment.
- Mid-Atlantic Coastal Ocean Observing System (MARACOOS) (Newark, DE)offsite link – Rhiannon Bezore, Engagement Coordinator: email@example.com
- MARACOOS Data Portaloffsite link
Competitive grants for educator watershed training programs
B-WET is an environmental educator program that promotes locally relevant, experiential learning in the K-12 environment.
- Elise Trelegan, Education Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tours • Student internships on climate modeling
Scientists at GFDL develop and use mathematical models and computer simulations to improve our understanding and prediction of the behavior of the atmosphere, the oceans, and climate.
- Maria Setzer, Lead for Communications and Outreach: email@example.com
Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites - Maryland (CICS-MD) (College Park, MD)offsite link
Student opportunities • ClimateBits videos • Blogs • Undergraduate education
CICS-MD performs collaborative research aimed at enhancing NOAA’s ability to use satellite observations and Earth System models to advance the national climate mission, including monitoring, understanding, predicting and communicating information on climate variability and change.
- Debra Baker, CICS-MD Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Regional competitions in the ocean sciences
The NOSB is a national high school academic competition with regional competitions for student teams to test their knowledge of the marine sciences including biology, chemistry, physics, and geology.
- Chesapeake Bay Bowl (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA)offsite link – David Christopher, Region Coordinator: email@example.com
- Bay Scallop Bowl (NY)offsite link – Kim Knoll, Region Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Shore Bowl (NJ, PA)offsite link – Rachael Sacatelli, Region Coordinator: email@example.com
- Blue Crab Bowl (VA)offsite link – Region Co-coordinators: Carol Hopper Brill: firstname.lastname@example.org and Bill Dunn: email@example.com
Follow current science off the Atlantic coast
- NOAA Teacher at Sea (follow teacher blogs onboard the ships)
- Marine Operations Center-Atlantic Fleet (Norfolk, VA) – Captain David Zezula: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NOAA Ship Thomas Jefferson (Norfolk, VA) – Commander Briana Hillstrom: email@example.com
Historical and real-time data
- Chesapeake Bay recent marine data
- Middle Atlantic River Forecast Center
- Baltimore/Washington regional climate data
- Local tide predictions interactive map
- Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) environmental observations, forecasts and other geospatial information
- Mid-Atlantic graphical weather forecasts
- Real-time oceanographic data interactive mapoffsite link
- Chesapeake Bay sea nettle forecast map
- Chesapeake Bay Interpretive Buoy System (CBIBS)
- Real-time Atlantic dataoffsite link
- NWS Blacksburg fire weather briefing page
- Regional air quality forecast
Local historical weather events and data
- New York significant weather events archive
- Coastal Virginia historical weather records
- Philadelphia Area weather event archive
- Western Virginia weather event archive
- Baltimore/Washington weather event archive
- Hurricane Sandy summary
NOAA Science on a Sphere® (SOS) locations
Earth systems data projected on a six-foot globe
SOS is a room-sized, global display system that uses computers and video projectors to display data onto a six foot diameter sphere, analogous to a giant animated globe. It was developed by researchers at NOAA to help illustrate complex environmental processes in a captivating way.
- Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (Washington, DC)offsite link
- NOAA Climate Prediction Center (College Park, MD)
- Maryland Science Center (Baltimore, MD)offsite link
- NOAA Headquarters (Silver Spring, MD)
- James E. Richmond Science Center (Waldorf, MD)offsite link
- Morristown-Beard School (Morristown, NJ)offsite link
- Liberty Science Center (Jersey City, NJ)offsite link
- Rochester Museum and Science Center (Rochester, NY)offsite link
- Wild Center (Tupper Lake, NY)offsite link
- Wings of Eagles Discovery Center (Horseheads, NY)offsite link
- Nurture Nature Center (Easton, PA)offsite link
- Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts (Harrisburg, PA)offsite link
- Danville Science Center (Danville, VA)offsite link
- James Madison University (Harrisonburg, VA)offsite link
- Nauticus National Maritime Center (Norfolk, VA)offsite link
- Science Museum of Virginia (Richmond, VA)offsite link
- NASA Wallops Flight Facility Visitor Center (Wallops Island, VA)
Updated March 2020