Resources and Links

Please visit these sites and enjoy a wealth of information at your fingertips.

Ferry Beach Ecology School

Ferry Beach Ecology School (FBES) is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to providing ecological education to grades three through eight. FBES naturalists take students to a variety of ecosystems including ocean dunes and beaches, forests, rocky tidepools and salt marshes.

New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

DES offers a variety of environmental education programs and publications for classroom teachers and nature educators and leaders. In addition to structured curriculums, fact sheets and videos, DES can provide speakers for classroom demonstrations and discussions. Tours of working areas of environmental protection can also be arranged.

Water Education for Teachers (WET)

NH Project WET is available to all educators and youth group leaders. WET Workshop participants receive six hours of instruction, the 500+ page Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide, supplemental water resource education materials, and professional development credits.

Squam Lakes Natural Science Center

From bears to bobcats, owls to otters, the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center provides everyone with an opportunity to see wildlife close up and learn about their habitats.


Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) is a worldwide network of students, teachers and scientists working together to study and understand the global environment. Students and teachers from over 9,800 schools in more than 95 countries are working with research scientists to learn more about our planet.

Project Wild and Project Wild Aquatic

Project Wild is an exciting supplementary wildlife education curriculum available to teachers who participate in a six-hour workshop. Project Wild is a set of lively, hands-on, diverse and instructionally sound education activities offered in the form of a guide for teachers. Project Wild is coordinated by the N.H. Fish and Game Department and is offered at locations throughout the state.

Center for Marine Conservation

The Center for Marine Conservation sponsors programs that help to protect ocean ecosystems and conserve the global abundance and diversity of marine wildlife. Through science-based advocacy, research and public education, CMC informs, inspires and empowers people to speak and act for the oceans.

National Estuary Program

The National Estuary Program was established in 1987 to identify, restore and protect nationally significant estuaries of the United States. The program focuses not just on improving water quality in an estuary, but on maintaining the integrity of the whole system--its chemical, physical and biological properties as well as its economic, recreational and aesthetic values.

National Estuarine Research Reserves

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERR) is a network of protected areas established to improve the health of the nation's estuaries and coastal habitats by developing and providing information that promotes informed resource management. This website lists all the NERR locations around the country.

National Estuarine Research Reserve Association

The National Estuarine Research Reserve Association (NERRA) site contains the names and descriptions of all of the 27 National Estuarine Research Reserves and their websites. You will find information on exactly what an estuary is and links include news from the System about research, fellowships, education, training and stewardship.

Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Great Bay Estuary is a complex embayment on the New Hampshire-Maine border that is composed of the Piscataqua River, Little Bay and Great Bay. Ocean tides and river runoff mix 15 miles inland from the Atlantic Ocean, making Great Bay one of the most recessed estuaries in the nation.

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (WNERR) is a 1600-acre research, education and public recreation facility in Wells, Maine. The coastal views and various wildlife habitats found at the Reserve make it a noted destination for nature photographers and bird watchers.

Rachel Carson Site

Take a virtual field trip to the estuary without getting your feet wet! Visit the Rachel Carson Site of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve, an uninhabited island with saltmarshes, and see live internet images of this unique estuarine environment.

Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership

The Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) is part of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's National Estuary Program (NEP). The NEP is a joint local/state/federal program established under the Clean Water Act to promote the protection and enhancement of important estuarine resources.

Secrets of the Ice - An Antarctic Expedition

The International Trans-Antarctic Scientific Expedition (ITASE) program was created to study ice over the major topographic and climatic regions of Antarctica. Over the next four years, scientists from 15 countries will be traversing Antarctica, collecting ice cores and gathering data that will describe climate and environmental change over the past 200 years. The ice core records gathered will provide detailed historical descriptions of climate change that will be extremely valuable for comparison against records collected at weather stations around the world.

Paleoclimatology Program

NOAA's Paleoclimatology Program is working with scientists from around the world to study past climate in hopes of achieving a better understanding of the Earth's present and future climate. This site was developed to highlight the importance of paleoclimate research; as well as to show how paleoclimate research relates to global warming and other important issues of climate variability and change.

American Geophysical Union

Read the position statement of the American Geophysical Union on Climate Change and Greenhouse Gases, which was adopted by the Council in December 1998.

EPA Global Warming

The EPA Global Warming Site is provided as a public service by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. EPA's climate change programs and activities are an integral part of the Agency's mission and purpose. With the Global Warming Site, the EPA strives to present accurate information on the very broad issue of climate change and global warming in a way that is accessible and meaningful to all parts of society – communities, individuals, business, public officials and governments.

NOAA Climate Change Research

The Office of Global Programs (OGP) leads the NOAA Climate and Global Change Program. NOAA has the primary responsibility within the federal government to provide routine climate forecasts and products to the nation. NOAA's Climate and Global Change Program is an integral part of the interagency U.S. Global Change Research Program and works to address an important aspect of global change--understanding the global climate system.

U.S. Global Change Research Program

The U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP), working with research institutions in the U.S. and beyond our borders, provides the foundation for increasing the skill of predictions of seasonal-to-interannual climate fluctuations (which can bring excessively wet and dry periods) and long-term climate change. The USGCRP also sponsors research to understand the vulnerabilities to changes in important environmental factors, including changes in climate, ultraviolet (UV) radiation at the Earth's surface, and land cover.
The USGCRP was created as a Presidential Initiative in 1989 and formalized in 1990 by the Global Change Research Act of 1990.

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies

GISS is a division of Goddard Space Flight Center's Earth Sciences Directorate. It was established in May 1961 by Dr. Robert Jastrow to do basic research in space and Earth sciences in support of Goddard programs. GISS works cooperatively with area universities and research organizations.

The GMDC's Learning Center

The Learning Center is the place to come for all sorts of data and information about global environmental change. The Learning Center is part of NASA's Global Change Master Directory which has links to a vast amount of information on changes in the hydrosphere, atmosphere and biosphere.

Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment

The Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment fosters cooperative actions within the Gulf of Maine watershed to preserve our common heritage and encourage sustainable resource use for present and future generations.

This website is devoted to the seacoast region of New Hampshire, which contains 25 towns that are rich in history, culture and resources.

Maine Harbors

Find individual monthly Tide Charts for 150 harbors from Eastport, Maine, to Greenwich, Connecticut

This website has dozens of links to museums, lighthouses, charter boats and other nautical resources in New Hampshire.

Mt. Washington Weather Station

The Mount Washington Weather Station observes and records the extreme weather conditions of Mount Washington and conducts scientific research and educational programs that foster the appreciation of the science, history and natural history of the White Mountains.

Bay of Fundy

Discover the Bay of Fundy, "one of the marine wonders of the world" and home to this planet's highest tides. The constant flow of sea water in and out of the Bay helps sustain an abundant array of wildlife.

New Hampshire Coastal Program

The New Hampshire Coastal Program (NHCP) serves as the lead agency in coordinating policies and planning among the coastal communities and several state and federal agencies. NHCP's mission is to balance the preservation of natural resources of the coast with the social and economic needs of this and succeeding generations.
Click here to visit website.

Isles of Shoals Weather Station

Get the latest weather report from the IsleS of Shoals automated weather station at the lighthouse on White Island, located at 42.97 N, 70.62 W.
Click here to visit the Weather Station Website.

Marine Resources Education Division (Maine Dept. of Marine Resources)

The Marine Resources Education Division publishes "A Teacher's Guide to Marine Life of the Gulf of Maine" as part of their overall project to develop awareness of the marine environment and its resources.
Click here to visit the Maine Department of Marine Resources Website.

Gulf of Maine Research Institute

A marine science center dedicated to educating children and the public about the oceans and aquatic environments everywhere. Learn about lobsters, turtles, sea plankton.

Mystic Aquarium

From the bizarre denizens of hydrothermal vent communities to the colorful fishes of a Pacific reef, the sea provides endless opportunities for exploring and learning. This website highlights some of the fascinating creatures and habitats that can be found beneath the waves of our Ocean Planet.

American Museum of Natural History

The Museum's exhibition halls house a stunning array of artifacts and specimens from all corners of the world and all historical periods. These illuminate the natural history of our planet and its myriad species, and bring the world's cultures to life. Explore the highlights of some of the Museum's permanent halls.

Hall of Ocean Life

The American Museum of Natural Histor exhibits the diversity of life in and near the water. It features a stunning replica of a 94-foot-long female Blue Whale, which is suspended overhead. The upper level of this duplex hall describes the biology of fishes and their relationships to their surrounding waters and other animals. In its lower level, it houses additional forms of life, particularly mammalian, that inhabit the seas.
Click here to visit the Hall of Ocean Life webpage.

Hall of Biodiversity

The new Hall of Biodiversity displays one of the largest open dioramas in the world, featuring over 900 specimens. Visitors to the Museum follow a presentation of the Spectrum of Life, current trends of biodiversity loss, and what people in different regions of the planet are doing to reverse these trends.
Click here to visit the Hall of Biodiversity webpage.

Prince Edward Island Fishery

The PEI fishery has played an integral role in the life of islanders since the earliest of times. This website has abundant information on marine biology, fishing and aquaculture.
Click here to view the PEI Fishery website. 

The Lobster Conservancy

The Lobster Conservancy is a non-profit corporation dedicated to protecting and preserving the American lobster and the traditional trap fishery it supports through scientific research and public education. This website has extensive information on lobster biology.

Open Ocean Aquaculture

The University of New Hampshire Open Ocean Aquaculture Demonstration Project is a multi-year project that will provide a commercial-scale test site for applying the culture and grow-out protocols developed in research efforts. The project will also evaluate the economics of such operations.
Click here to visit the OOA website.


WhaleNet has an interactive educational web site that focuses on whales and marine research. The site offers students and teachers curriculum resources and support including a source of data and information for interdisciplinary classroom activities. WhaleNet is sponsored by Wheelock College in Boston, Massachusetts with support from the National Science Foundation.


At the Bridge, teachers will find a selection of the best online resources for marine science education. The Bridge provides educators with content-correct & content-current marine information and data, supports researchers in outreach efforts, and works to improve communications among educators and between the education and research communities.

Maryland Sea Grant

Maryland Sea Grant maintains a website with links to a tremendous amount of material for K-12, college and general marine education including Marine Science Education, Aquaria and Museums and Directories of Marine Education Sites.
Visit the Maryland Sea Grant Education Programs webpage.

Marine Careers

Interested in learning more about careers in marine biology and other marine sciences? If so, this site, sponsored by the National Sea Grant College program, will introduce you to those fields and to scientists in them. It will also provide information on salaries and links to additional resources.

National Marine Education Association

The National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) brings together those interested in the study and enjoyment of the world of water--both fresh and salt. Affiliated with the National Science Teachers Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, NMEA provides a valuable focus for marine and aquatic studies world-wide. We include professionals in: Education, Science, Business, Government, Museums, Aquariums and Marine Research.

Shoals Marine Laboratory

Operating under the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in cooperation with the University of New Hampshire at Durham, the Shoals Marine Lab (SML) offers a unique opportunity for students to experience marine science. Located on 95-acre Appledore Island, Isles of Shoals in the Gulf of Maine, this near-pristine environment allows students to study many aspects of the intertidal and sub-tidal ecologies. The laboratory facilities on the island are complemented by the field capabilities of the SML-owned research vessel, John M. Kingsbury.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

This link provides an index to all the websites operated by NOAA, covering numerous topics on ocean sciences.

The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology

The Cooperative Institute for Coastal and Estuarine Environmental Technology (CICEET [sigh-seat]) was established in 1997 as a national center for the development and application of innovative environmental technologies for monitoring, management, and prevention of contamination in estuaries and coastal waters.

This Dynamic Earth: The Story of Plate Tectonics

This on-line booklet, published by the U.S. Geological Survey, gives a brief introduction to the concept of plate tectonics. The booklet highlights some of the people and discoveries that advanced the development of the theory of plate tectonics and traces the theory's progress since its proposal. Although the general idea of plate tectonics is now widely accepted, many aspects still continue to confound and challenge scientists. The earth-science revolution launched by the theory is not finished.

Jackson Estuarine Laboratory

Jackson Estuarine Laboratory is the largest of three laboratories administered by the UNH Center for Marine Biology. The lab is located approximately five miles from campus on the shores of Great Bay Estuary at Adams Point. Though basic scientific research is part of our mission, recent efforts have focussed on applying our scientific expertise to environmental issues of regional significance.
Visit the Jackson Estuarine Laboratory webpage.

Bigelow Laboratory

The Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences is a private, non-profit research institution whose principal scientific concern is the biological productivity of the oceans. The Laboratory is located on the shore of the Gulf of Maine, among the most biologically productive marine areas in the world and within one of the largest watersheds in northeastern North America.

Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

The Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution is a private, independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research and higher education at the frontiers of ocean science. Its primary mission is to develop and effectively communicate a fundamental understanding of the processes and characteristics governing how the oceans function and how they interact with the Earth as a whole.

Seacoast Science Center

At the Seacoast Science Center you can explore the fascinating habitats of Odiorne Point State Park and the New Hampshire seacoast. The Center offers year-round programs on the natural and social history of Odiorne Point and the Gulf of Maine, and a variety of indoor exhibits highlighting some of the fascinating features of coastal New Hampshire.

Great Bay Discovery Center

The Great Bay Discovery Center is an environmental interpretation and education facility for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Center features an exhibit room that includes an estuarine touch tank and a salt marsh aquarium. Visitors can explore the edge of the Great Bay on nature trails and a boardwalk.

Strawbery Banke

Strawbery Banke Museum traces over 300 years of history in one of America's oldest continuously occupied neighborhoods. The 10-acre site, with its more than 40 preserved and interpreted buildings, presents the full span of an important seaport's history with programs for children and adults.

USS Albacore Museum & Park

USS Albacore was a speedy experimental submarine. U.S. Navy scientists used it as a floating laboratory to test sonar devices, hydrophones, diving brakes and emergency escape systems. The Albacore was placed in a permanent dry berth in Portsmouth and opened to the public in October 1985.

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

Our ferry's destination is Star Island, one of the nine Isles of Shoals. Star Island was once home to Gosport Village, a fishing community consisting of several hundred fishermen and their families. Later, a grand resort, the Oceanic Hotel, was built there. In 1916, the Oceanic Hotel and Star Island were bought by the Star Island Corporation, which today holds non-denominational religious and educational conferences on the island.

Science and Nature Center at Seabrook Station

Whether you live in the area or are on vacation in the N.H. Seacoast, The Science & Nature Center at Seabrook Station is a great destination for all ages. Children will love interacting with sea creatures in the touch pool and exploring our hands-on energy exhibits. Come see how Seabrook Station safely produces electricity and how the salt marsh environment around the plant is protected.  In addition to our self-guided indoor exhibits, walk the three-quarter of a mile nature trail and you might spot seacoast critters in their natural habitats. Remember to pack a lunch and enjoy our picnic area.  Admission is always free!
For more information please call 800.338.7482 or visit

Marine Resources Aquarium

The Marine Resources Aquarium features a gallery resembling the rocky coast of Maine that displays a collection of regional fish and invertebrates in numerous touch tanks. The Aquarium is located on McKown Point in West Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Visit the Maine State Aquarium website.

Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve (WNERR) is a 1600-acre research, education and public recreation facility in Wells, Maine. The coastal views and various wildlife habitats found at the Reserve make it a noted destination for nature photographers and bird watchers.

Why is the ocean becoming more acidic?

The ocean has absorbed about a third of the excess carbon dioxide emitted by burning oil, coal, and natural gas. Seawater is now roughly 30% more acidic than it was at the start of the industrial revolution. This is a big change for every living creature, from whales and lobsters to the microscopic organisms they eat, called plankton.

Why should we care?

  • Know where most of our oxygen comes from? Plankton.
  • Know who depends on plankton for food or oxygen? Humans! Also, fish, whales, lobsters, coral and virtually all other living things.
  • Think trees produce our oxygen? They do, but plankton produce more.