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. HMAR education presentations are usually based on a donation structure of $2.00 per student attending the presentation. Discounts or waived fees are available for Title I schools or for those in need.

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 valuable benefits for your organization while helping Hawaii’s marine protected species and our shared ocean ecosystem.

Your business or organization can get involved in HMAR’s Hawaii Marine Stewards program and make a direct impact on helping Hawaii’s marine protected species and the ocean. We will visit your business or organization (physically or virtually based on your needs) and teach your team about the animals we work with and how you can help them. Your team will be trained by HMAR on the right conservation messaging to share with customers and the public to make sure everyone is part of supporting our ocean. When you become a Hawaii Marine Steward, here is what you get:

  • Free training for your team members (up to 20 people) to learn about Hawaii’s marine species and how to help in their conservation.
  • Window clings to display at your location or on your vehicle.
  • Hawaii Marine Stewards digital logo files to use In your materials, website, and social media.
  • Up to 2 of your team members can participate in a “ride-along” with HMAR field response staff during a 4-hour shift. (This is a great employee recognition gift.)
  • Your organization name and logo will appear on our HMAR Hawaii Marine Stewards web page with a link to your web page.
  • Your organization will be highlighted periodically in our monthly Hawaii Marine Stewards Facebook posts, reaching over 13,000 people.

Participation in HMAR’s Hawaii Marine Stewards program is provided with a customary minimum donation of $200 per year. Your donation can be made in a single transaction or can easily be made through a monthly installment plan.

So why should your organization be part of our Hawaii Marine Stewards program?

Hawaii’s marine environment is one of the things that makes Hawaii so special and draws millions of visitors each year. And our ocean ecosystem is also beloved by our residents. 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.  You’ll get all of the benefits listed above and even more.


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

With this training, your team 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 team members and the people they engage with will then also become stewards of our marine protected species, and they’ll be helping in the conservation and management of our shared ocean ecosystem.

We even equip you with free materials you can distribute that provides information on 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. Through our Hawaii Marine Stewards program …

… your team members will be more satisfied because they will be better trained and because they will be making an impact on preservation of our ocean.

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

… more informed team members, customers and the public will increase stewardship of our protected marine species.

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

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


The Hawaii Marine Stewards program provides your organization with extra recognition. You’ll get exposure to thousands of our loyal followers on social media, and important ocean stewardship content you can post to your own social media feeds and web page. You’ll also get materials to give your customers and the public as well as window clings for your location or vehicles. And our Hawaii Marine Stewards logo can be used on your own materials, social media and the web. And more!

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

Won’t you take this important step to become a member of our Hawaii Marine Stewards program? Please just drop us a note HERE.