Get Into Your Sanctuary (Virtually) this weekend with NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.

This weekend, July 31 to August 2, join NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as they plunge into the beautiful waters of the National Marine Sanctuary System. Ride along with sanctuary staff at Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary as they take you on a live tour of Lake Huron and discuss how divers can experience America’s rich maritime history. Take a virtual dive into a kelp forest with Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary. Learn about emerging research, fishing, and diving technologies at Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary. These are just a few examples of the many virtual events and experiences planned for “Get Into Your Sanctuary” Weekend

Friday’s scheduled activities include a discussion about the seabirds of Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, and the impact of marine debris at Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. On Saturday, learn about the “Ghost Fleet” in Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary, spot whales at Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, and learn to cook seafood chowder with a chef at Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary! Close out the weekend with a virtual tour of The Mariners’ Museum and Park, the primary museum and conservation facility for the USS Monitor’s artifacts, and a first-person account of the annual Tomol Crossing in Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary from a member of the Santa Ynez Band of Samala Chumash Indians. 

At each event, there will be opportunities to ask questions and interact with experts and staff from the sanctuary field sites. While we’ll miss seeing you in person this year, we look forward to seeing you virtually this weekend! 

Tune into LIVE Get Into Your Sanctuary programming from July 31 to August 2 by visiting NOAA’s Facebook page.

By Phoebe Landsman

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