Outreach Toolkit

The Marine Protected Area (MPA) Education and Outreach Initiative supports and enhances the California Department of Fish & Wildlife’s efforts in implementing the Marine Life Protection Act (MLPA) specific to interpretation, education, and outreach. Through the collaboration and input from multiple agencies, organizations, and individuals, and with approval from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, we have created a suite of products, provided here, with consistent messaging and language that may be valuable for your outreach needs.

These activities and products have increased public awareness of and support for the MPAs and it is anticipated that these efforts will have a “spill-over” effect in terms of garnering political support and funding for the statewide networks. The MPA Outreach products here (including brochures, signs, videos, presentations, etc.) have been created with input from a number of education experts and marine agencies. By working with the appropriate agency, the product templates provided here can be easily adapted to suit you own MPA educational needs. Doing so will help to establish an identity and recognition for the important network of marine protected areas.

Printed Materials

Several MPA printed publications, including brochures, fact sheets, maps, and posters, are available here to organizations and individuals wanting to learn more about California’s MPAs.

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Online & Mobile Resources

Here you will find web-based education and outreach tools such as online tours and mobile websites.

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Videos, Film, & Animations

The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation offers several multimedia products, including videos, 3-D animations, and presentations, many of which are available here for immediate viewing and/or easy download.

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Presentation & Training Support Materials

The California Marine Sanctuary Foundation (CMSF) offers training programs and workshops to organizations on MPAs, presentations from previous programs are available here for download.

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Program Ideas for Your MPA

Many programs and products developed by organizations throughout the state can be adapted for other regions and MPAs. Here you will find ideas of ways to enhance education and outreach efforts statewide.

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Recursos Disponible en Español (Resources Available in Spanish)

Several educational materials including brochures, fact sheets, exhibit panels, and videos have been translated into Spanish.

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We are grateful to the Resources Legacy Fund Foundation for funding the MPA Education and Outreach Initiative, and to all our other contributing partners for amassing the wealth of MPA education resources found here.

The mission of the California’s Marine Protected Areas Education and Outreach Initiative is to enhance MPA education through enduring partnerships to empower Californians to protect what they know and love.