Our Education & Engagement Program is designed to teach valuable marine conservation messaging to students, visitors, and residents in Hawaii and anywhere in the world using virtual tools. We regularly go into classrooms, conduct tabled outreach at partner venues, and participate in community events, while our teaching resources are used by educators both in Hawaii or anywhere. Our goal is to inspire behavior change, create ocean stewards, and connect children and adults to our ocean ecosystem.

Our learning approach:

Hands-on materials with student interaction

Inquiry-based learning that enhances critical thinking

Solution-focused discussion to inspire & empower students

Hawaii Marine Animal Response’s (HMAR) Education & Engagement Program can come into your classroom today and lead lessons on marine conservation topics. We can do this in person (on Oahu and Molokai in Hawaii) or using virtual tools like Skype for students worldwide. We can teach learners as young as preschool and as old as undergraduate college courses. For K-12 students we focus on interactive, inquiry-based learning methods that engage students in conservation by promoting solution-focused discussion, problem solving, and critical thinking abilities. At your request, we can tailor our lesson plans to meet the needs of your students. Additionally, multiple lessons can be delivered at one event using small groups that rotate through shorter lessons.

We currently offer the following lessons that can be adjusted based on the age group and length. Additional lessons can be developed based on interest.

  • Hawaiian Monk Seals: Introduction, Threats, and Diet
  • Hawaiian Monk Seals: Identification and Pupping
  • Hawaiian Sea Turtles: Hawksbill vs. Green Sea Turtles, Life Cycle, Threats
  • Hawaii’s Seabirds: Laysan Albatross
  • Marine Mammals: What is a stranding?
  • Sustainability & The Sea
  • Marine Debris Mania
  • Laws & Guidelines Regarding Protected Marine Species
  • Shark Anatomy
  • Squid Dissections
  • Disease in the Sea

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If you are looking to bring ocean conservation curriculum to your classroom as a teacher, we offer a number of different resources.

Downloadable Curriculum

HMAR has developed a number of learning guides for educators to use in their classrooms, no matter where they are. Use this curriculum in your own way to get your students excited about the ocean!

These guides are designed for certain age groups and tackle different topics. We are continuing to develop learning guides, so we may not be able to accommodate your specific needs at this time. Reach out to us directly to learn more.

Educational Videos

HMAR has developed short videos for educators that want to teach marine conservation in their classrooms.  Students can learn about animal response, rescue, release, and watch lessons on different topics. Use these videos in your classroom to supplement material, or pair them with one of our learning guides.

If you’d like HMAR to present to your classroom virtually, reach out to us. We’d be happy to accommodate your needs with notice.

Enjoy benefits for your organization

while helping Hawaii’s protected marine species.

Your Oahu-based business or organization can get involved in HMAR’s free Hawaii Marine Stewards program and make a direct impact on helping Hawaii’s protected marine species. We will come visit your business and teach your team about the animals we work with and how you can help them. Your staff will be trained by HMAR on the right conservation messaging to share with clients to make sure everyone is part of supporting our ocean.

Hawaii’s marine environment is one of the things that makes Hawaii so special and draws millions of visitors each year. So it makes sense that we should take care of, and be “stewards” of, the protected marine species living in our waters.

Become a partner and join our Hawaii Marine Stewards program.  This free education and recognition program is run by Hawaii Marine Animal Response with funding provided by Hawai‘i Tourism through the Aloha ‘Āina Program.  The program gives your organization the opportunity to help our protected marine species while giving you some important benefits.


We provide free classroom instruction to your staff giving them valuable information about the natural history, behavior as well as important viewing and interaction guidelines for Hawaii’s endangered, threatened and protected marine species such as the Hawaiian monk seal, marine turtles, dolphins and whales.

With this training, your staff will be better equipped to answer questions and teach your customers, members and the public about Hawaii’s special marine species and our shared ocean ecosystem. Everyone loves to learn and the people your team come in contact with will appreciate the extra level of information you can share. And when your customers, members or the public see these animals in the wild, they’ll know more about them and how to safely and appropriately view them to prevent unnecessary disturbance or interaction.

Through this action, your staff, members and customers will then also become stewards of our protected marine species, and they’ll be helping in the conservation and management of our shared coastal ecosystem, one of the most important treasures Hawaii has to offer.

We even equip you with free materials you can distribute that provides information on Hawaii’s protected marine species and proper stewardship, viewing guidelines and interaction rules.  We will also provide you with free marine species information that you can easily post to your own website or social media feeds boosting your organization’s online content and presence.

 Your staff members are more satisfied when they are better trained.

 Your better trained team will better educate your customers and the public.  Your organization will having raving fans.

 More informed staff, members, customers and the public will increase stewardship of our protected marine species.

 And a stable and recovering ecosystem of protected marine species leads to a healthy Hawaii marine environment. 

This is a true win-win for your organization, your customers or members, our protected marine animals and our coastal ecosystem.



The Hawaii Marine Stewards program provides your business with extra recognition.  In addition to the benefits you get from the educational aspects of the program, we’ll provide you with our Hawaii Marine Stewards logo that you can proudly add to your website, collateral materials, vehicles, or just about anything.

We are also working with Hawaii Tourism to find additional ways, such as printed articles and social media, to get your organization’s name into the public eye as a partner in this program.  So you’ll get even more recognition for your participation in helping Hawaii’s protected marine species.

Click HERE here to see some of the forward-thinking companies that are our most recent graduates of the Hawaii Marine Stewards program.

Remember, there is no cost for your organization to become part of the Hawaii Marine Stewards program.  We will tailor your training to match your organization’s location and services offered. Let’s talk. Please just drop us a note HERE or call us at (808) 687-7900.