Educational opportunities and staff for Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington, and Northern California
NOAA in Your State & Territory
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.
National Weather Service
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.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Field trips • Professional development • Educator resources
The National Estuarine Research Reserves System protects more than 1.3 million coastal and estuarine acres in 30 reserves located in 24 states and Puerto Rico for purposes of long-term research, environmental monitoring, education and stewardship.
- Elkhorn Slough Reserve (CA) offsite link – Virginia Guhin, Education Coordinator: Virginia.Guhin@
- San Francisco Bay Reserve (CA) offsite link – email@example.com
- South Slough Reserve (OR) – Jaime Belanger, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Padilla Bay Reserve (WA) – Susan Wood, Education Coordinator: swood@padillabay.
NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
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.
- Cordell Bank Sanctuary (CA) – Jennifer Stock, Education and Outreach Coordinator: email@example.com
- Greater Farallones Sanctuary (CA) – Carol Preston, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Monterey Bay Sanctuary (CA) – Amity Wood, Education and Outreach Coordinator, email@example.com
- Olympic Coast Sanctuary (WA) – Jacqueline Laverdure, Education and Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org; Nicole Harris, Education Specialist: email@example.com
National Sea Grant Program
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.
- California Sea Grant offsite link – Jessica Rudnick, California Sea Grant Extension Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oregon Sea Grant offsite link – Tracy Crews, Marine Education Program Manager: email@example.com or SeaGrantMarineed@oregonstate.edu
- Washington Sea Grant offsite link – Maile Sullivan, Education Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
NOAA Marine Debris Program
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.
- California Office – Christy Kehoe, Regional Coordinator: email@example.com
- Pacific Northwest Office – Andrew Mason, Regional Coordinator: Andrew.Mason@noaa.gov
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.
- Alaska Fisheries Science Center – Lisa Hiruki-Raring, Outreach Coordinator (Seattle): firstname.lastname@example.org
Laboratory facilities in Newport, OR; Seattle, WA (also facilities in Alaska)
- Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Seattle, WA) – Casey Ralston, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
Laboratory facilities in Newport, OR; Pasco, WA; Manchester, WA; Montlake, WA; Point Adams, OR; and Mukilteo, WA
- West Coast Regional Office (Seattle, WA) – Alicia Keefe, Education and Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Field offices in Lacey, WA; Ellensburg, WA; Portland, OR; Roseburg, OR; La Grande, OR; Boise, ID; Salmon, ID; Moscow, ID;Sacramento, CA; Arcata, CA; and Santa Rosa, CA
Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS)
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.
- Northwest Association of Networked Ocean Observing Systems (NANOOS) (Seattle, WA) offsite link – Amy Sprenger, Education and Outreach Coordinator: email@example.com
Pacific Northwest Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program
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.
- Jacqueline Laverdure, Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Education and Outreach Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL)
Climate, ecosystem, and tsunami educator resources
PMEL is a federal laboratory that makes critical observations and conducts groundbreaking research to advance our knowledge of the global ocean and its interactions with the earth, atmosphere, ecosystems, and climate. Key research areas at PMEL include ocean acidification, tsunami detection and forecasting, hydrothermal vent systems, fisheries oceanography, and long term climate monitoring analysis.
- Adi Hanein, Communications and Outreach Coordinator: email@example.com
- PMEL education page
- Laboratories in Seattle, WA and Newport, OR
NOAA Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R)
Lesson plans • Background information
OR&R is a center of expertise in preparing for, evaluating, and responding to threats to coastal environments, including oil and chemical spills, releases from hazardous waste sites, and marine debris.
- Education page
- Vicki Loe, Communications Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperative Institute for Climate, Ocean, and Ecosystem Studies (CICOES) offsite link
Educator resources • Undergraduate internships • Graduate fellowships • Postdoc research opportunities
Based in Seattle, WA, CICOES is a partnership between the NOAA and the University of Washington, the University of Oregon, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks to research climate change, ocean acidification, fisheries assessments, and tsunami forecasting.
- Jed Thompson, Education/Outreach and Communications Specialist: email@example.com
Hatfield Marine Science Center (HMSC) offsite link
Visitor center • Field trips • Educator professional development • Lesson plans
Located in Newport, OR, the HMSC is a leading marine laboratory distinguished by its collaborative research partnerships. They currently host collaborative research and education programs from seven OSU colleges and six state and federal agencies on their campus.
- Education page offsite link
- Maureen Collson, Hatfield Visitor Center Manger: firstname.lastname@example.org
- General inquiries: SeaGrantMarineed@oregonstate.edu
NOAA Science Camp offsite link
Summer program for middle and high school students
NOAA Science Camp is a highly-regarded, collaborative science program for middle school and high school-aged youth, held at the NOAA Western Regional Center in Seattle, WA, where scientists interact directly with camp participants to demonstrate how NOAA's multidisciplinary research addresses environmental issues on local and national levels.
- Co-coordinators Lisa Hiruki-Raring (NOAA point of contact): email@example.com and Maile Sullivan (Sea Grant point of contact): firstname.lastname@example.org
- General inquiries: email@example.com
National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) offsite link
Regional competitions in the ocean sciences
NOTE: The NOSB national office offsite link will not support any 2022-23 regional competitions and there will be no national finals.
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.
- Sea Lion Bowl (Seaside, CA) offsite link – Corey Garza & Laura Good, Region Coordinators: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Salmon Bowl (OR) offsite link – Andy Teahan, Region Coordinator: email@example.com
- Orca Bowl (WA) offsite link – Maile Sullivan, Region Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local NOAA vessels
Follow current science off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California
- NOAA Teacher at Sea offsite link (follow teacher blogs onboard the ships)
- Marine Operations Center - Pacific (MOC-P) (Newport, OR) – CAPT Keith Golden, Commanding Officer, Marine Operations Center - Pacific: email@example.com
- NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada (Newport, OR) – Commander Josh Slater: firstname.lastname@example.org
- NOAA Ship Rainier (Newport, OR) – Commander Sam Greenaway: email@example.com
Historical and real-time data
- National Tsunami Warning Center
- Northwest River Forecast Center
- Regional tide predictions
- Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) data:
- Pacific Northwest Ocean Observing System Data offsite link (NANOOS Visualization System)
- Pacific Northwest Graphical Weather Forecasts
Local historical weather events and data
- The Weather Watcher (inland Northwest weather newsletter archives)
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.
- Lawrence Hall of Science (Berkeley, CA) offsite link
- Great Valley Museum (Modesto, CA) offsite link
- Point Reyes National Seashore (Marin County, CA)
- NASA Ames Exploration Center (Moffett Field, CA)
- Climate Corporation (San Francisco, CA) offsite link
- The Tech Museum of Innovation (San Jose, CA) offsite link
- Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) (Portland, OR) offsite link
- Pacific Science Center (Seattle, WA) offsite link
- Microsoft Visitor Center (Redmond, WA) offsite link