Art activities


Coloring books and pages


An ocean of art

This new coloring book from the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research and several partners inspires everyone to learn about and appreciate the ocean. Download individual coloring sheets or the whole book and visit the links to learn more about each featured animal.

Marine Debris Program activity books

The NOAA Marine Debris Program has several activity books, which include coloring pages, word games, and more.

Museum of MOSAiC Artoffsite link

Inspired by the Arctic? Submit artwork to the Museum of MOSAiC Art in conjunction with the MOSAiC expeditionoffsite link

National marine sanctuaries coloring pages and puzzles

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has several coloring pages and puzzles featuring sanctuary ecosystems.

Owlie Skywarn coloring book

This coloring book from the National Weather Service explores hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, floods, and winter storms.

Pumpkin carving templates

“Carve” out some time for some Halloween (or anytime!) fun! These pumpkin carving templates take you on an adventure from satellites far above our heads to sea creatures in the depths of the ocean. 

Regional coastal activity books

These books feature coloring pages and activities about coastal ecosystems.

Sharks and rays in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuaryoffsite link

Download this fun coloring book to discover the sharks and rays of the Channel Islands. This 20-page coloring book has species descriptions, samples of natural colors, a matching activity and 11 x 17 coloring poster. 

Under the sea ABCs

Focusing on sharks rays, and skates, this 26-page coloring book has a fact and coloring page for each letter of the alphabet.


Art contests


Marine Debris Program art contest and calendar

The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest open to K-8 students in public, private, and home schools in the U.S. states and territories. Marine debris is a global issue and engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, provides a daily reminder of how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean. 
Submissions for the 2022 calendar will be accepted through December 15, 2020.

Marine Endangered Species Art Contest

Note: This contest has closed for 2020, but you may enjoy exploring the past winners and we still encourage you to create your own art!
NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region encourages K-12 artists to celebrate marine endangered species. Electronic submissions are due on April 24, 2020.

Stellwagen Bank Marine Art Contest

Note: This contest has closed for 2020, but you may enjoy exploring the past winners and we still encourage you to create your own art!
With submissions ranging from tiny plankton to giant whales, students from anywhere in the world are invited to submit artwork that explores the biodiversity of Stellwagen Bank sanctuary. Electronic submissions are due May 15, 2020.