COSEE Alaska was established as both a regional (Alaska) and thematic center (People, Oceans and Climate Change) to weave together traditional knowledge and western science about ocean climate change in the north. We work closely with ocean scientists, educators and coastal community members to enhance ocean and climate change literacy in formal and informal audiences and the public. Beginning in 2008, COSEE Alaska has held annual workshops to organize ocean science fairs in rural Alaska school districts and awarded prizes at the annual statewide science fair. We have also hosted an annual Communicating Ocean Science workshop for scientists and educators at the annual Alaska Marine Science Symposium where 600 –1,000 ocean scientists shared their research about Alaska seas. We created and support communications for SEANET, a network of more than 500 ocean scientists, educators, communicators, and community members.