National Marine Educators Association

Making Known the world of Water


Who we are

National Marine Educators Association (NMEA) is a dedicated, influential member-based organization of classroom teachers, informal educators, university professors, scientists, and more from around the world working together to advance the understanding and protection of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. From scientists working in the deep sea to students studying underwater archeology in the Great Lakes, NMEA members are dedicated to making known the world of water, both fresh and salt.  

NMEA educators are:


Formal and informal educators

We're a diverse community of educators working together to improve the public's awareness and appreciation for marine and freshwater resources.




different organizations

NMEA members come from schools, non-profit organizations, universities, government agencies, aquariums, and more.





Our membership represents education professionals from all over the U.S. and the world.

What We Do

The National Marine Educators Association directs multiple national and international initiatives to further our mission of making known the world of water. These initiatives are lead by dedicated committees of active members in NMEA. Explore below to learn more.

Get Involved

Ready to connect with a community of educators? Here's how to get started.


Become a member of this dynamic ocean and aquatic community of educators, scientists, and interested and interesting people!  Benefits range from opportunities for scholarship and leadership to camaraderie and empowerment through NMEA.

Attend a Conference

Get to know us best by attending our Annual National Conference! Each year our National Conference takes place in a different city to exchange marine and aquatic education. Hope to see you there!

COntribute to CUrrent

Current: The Journal of Marine Education is the peer-reviewed journal of the National Marine Educators Association. It features lively, in-depth articles and activities relating to all aspects of the world of water.



Our organization is able to continue its mission because of your support and generosity. Your contributions will help ensure that our work continues.

Join a regional chapter

Regional chapters are a great way to connect with other educators near you. 

Join a Committee

We encourage NMEA members to check out and get involved in one or more of our committees! See our committee page for committee descriptions, chairs, and contact info.


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