The marine science educators associated with N.H. Sea Grant are dedicated to building a marine-literate citizenry by increasing public understanding of critical marine and coastal issues through up-to-date and relevant marine education programs focusing on the Gulf of Maine. Marine educators develop, enhance, customize and field test multidisciplinary K-12 curriculum materials and programs that support state and national science standards. In addition, they provide training for K-12 teachers to improve their knowledge and skills in the marine science fields.
One major component of NHSG/UNH Cooperative Extension marine education is the UNH Marine Docent Program. Other marine science education efforts extend to local, regional and national collaborations. For example, the Seacoast Assessment and Instruction Literacy Collaborative combined middle-school educators, marine science educators, and experts in assessment in a collaborative formed to explore marine science teaching and learning aligned with state standards. Regionally, NHSG/UNHCE assistant director for education, Mark Wiley, works closely with the Gulf of Maine Marine Education Association, the New England Ocean Science Education Collaborative and the Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-Ocean Systems to further ocean literacy through joint programming, collaborative grants and shared expertise.