NOAA in your backyard: Northwest
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.
- Elkhorn Slough Reserve (CA)offsite link – Peggy Foletta, Education Specialist: email@example.com
- San Francisco Bay Reserve (CA)offsite link – Sarah Ferner, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- South Slough Reserve (OR) – Jaime Belanger, Education Coordinator: email@example.com
- Padilla Bay Reserve (WA) – Susan Wood, Education Coordinator: 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.
- 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
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 Grantoffsite link – Monique Myers, California Sea Grant Extension Specialist: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Oregon Sea Grantoffsite link – Tracy Crews, Marine Education Program Manager: email@example.com
- Washington Sea Grantoffsite link – Maile Sullivan, Education Specialist: 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.
- California Office – Sherry Lippiatt, Regional Coordinator: email@example.com
- Pacific Northwest Office – Nir Barnea, Regional Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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): email@example.com
Laboratory facilities in Newport, OR; Seattle, WA (also facilities in Alaska)
- Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Seattle, WA) – Casey Ralston, Education Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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: email@example.com
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, Research Coordinator: firstname.lastname@example.org
- PMEL education page
- Laboratories in Seattle, WA and Newport, OR
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.
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
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 pageoffsite link
- Maureen Collson, Hatfield Visitor Center Manger: firstname.lastname@example.org
- General inquiries: SeaGrantMarineed@oregonstate.edu
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
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.
- 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
Follow current science off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and Northern California
- NOAA Teacher at Sea (follow teacher blogs onboard the ships)
- Marine Operations Center - Pacific (MOC-P) (Newport, OR): Lieutenant Commander Carl Rhodes, MOC-P Chief of Operations: email@example.com
- NOAA Ship Bell M. Shimada (Newport, OR)
- NOAA Ship Rainier (Newport, OR)
Historical and real-time data
- National Tsunami Warning Center
- Pacific Northwest coastal marine data
- Northwest River Forecast Center
- Western Region Fire Weather
- Regional tide predictions
- Physical Oceanographic Real-Time System (PORTS) data:
- Pacific Northwest Ocean Observing System Dataoffsite link (NANOOS Visualization System)
- Pacific Northwest Graphical Weather Forecasts
Local historical weather events and data
- Oregon's Top 10 Weather Events of 1900s
- Eastern Washington Weather Events and Photos
- Top 10 Weather Events for Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington
- 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
Updated January 2020