For the more information about oceans month, please visit http://www.nature.nps.gov/features/oceans/.
National Oceans Month
June: Think baseball, picnics, family reunions...and National Oceans Month?!
Really! Time to dive on a coral reef, witness the majesty of a towering glacier, cast for trophy-sized fish, or stroll along a remote barrier island with sand at your feet and blue waves on the horizon. From Alaska to the Atlantic, the Gulf Coast to the West Coast, and the Virgin Islands to the Pacific Islands, 85 national parks conserve beautiful landscapes above and below the waves.
Sea otters dive for urchins in kelp forests on the West Coast. Coastal glaciers and fjords offer a stunning backdrop to thousands of years of native traditions and tribal culture in Alaska parks. Salt marshes framed by barrier islands provide a haven for birds, fish, and wildlife along the national seashores. Shipwrecks, forts, and maritime museums tell stories of seafaring adventure and sacrifice. And the historical parks commemorate heroism by servicemen and women in wartime.
With more than 11,000 miles of coast and 2.5 million acres of ocean and Great Lakes waters, the national parks are the jewels of the coast. Discover remote shores or beautiful places in or nearby a major city.
Take it all in here...Learn about the oceans and Great Lakes, how the National Park Service is working to conserve and restore your ocean heritage, and how you can get involved.
From diving and snorkeling to fishing and boating, ocean and coastal parks offer activities for all interests. Learn more...
Have you ever felt tiny sea star feet tickling your hand or looked closely at a sea cucumber? Explore animals, habitats, and more. Learn more...
You can help protect parks too. Discover volunteer opportunities in parks across the country.
Last Updated: May 15, 2012