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The MPA Center has released a new publication on marine protected area resources and concepts for teaching Ocean Literacy.
This document melds the "Ocean Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts" developed by the National Geographic Society, NOAA and partners for K-12 curricula with resources from the MPA Center that illustrate those principles.
The National Marine Protected Areas Center offers links to curriculum and education materials to increase understanding and awareness of MPAs among government agencies, coastal and marine educators, and their audiences.
Selected MPA Education Resources
Current: The Journal of Marine Education Special Edition Focused on Networks and Systems of Marine Protected Areas: Sometimes a single MPA is not sufficient in size or scope to protect all of the resources that reside within its boundaries. Therefore, a network of MPAs – a grouping of smaller MPAs protecting different habitats at various locations within the larger ecosystem - may be required. This issue of Current focuses on networks of MPAs, and includes articles written by authors who have had extensive experience in MPA network management and research. The activities and additional resources at the end of the articles will help you bring the concept of MPAs and networks of MPAs directly into your classroom.
Working Together With Sherman and the National System of Marine Protected Areas; In this set of lesson plans, students will become familiar with the three goals of the national system: 1) promoting healthy ecosystems, 2) conserving cultural heritage resources, and 3) sustaining renewable living resources and their habitats.
How Diverse Is That? In this lesson plan, students will be able to discuss the meaning of "biological diversity," and will be able to compare and contrast the concepts of "variety" and "relative abundance" as they relate to biological diversity.
Exploring National Marine Sanctuaries: In this lesson plan, students will: identify major groups of organisms living in and protected by national marine sanctuaries; describe various habitats found in national marine sanctuaries; list characteristics that define various national marine sanctuaries, including their similarities and differences; identify some of the resource issues threatening the oceans; describe human interactions with the ocean; and explain the importance of marine protected areas.
Biodiversity in an Estuary: In this lesson, students will: describe the physical and biological components of habitats that exist as part of an estuary; explain the relationships between primary producers,consumers, and secondary consumers; describe some adaptations of living organisms to the changing conditions within an estuary; and explain why biodiversity is important and worth preserving in an estuary.
MPA Education Resources on the Web
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National System Sherman's Lagoon© Poster by Cartoonist Jim Toomey
The National System of MPAs poster, developed with the generous support of Sherman's Lagoon cartoonist Jim Toomey, highlights the three conservation goals of the national system. The poster is available for educational purposes by contacting email@example.com. Corresponding lesson plans to go with the Sherman's Lagoon poster are available here.
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