Public Programs

A table top display about the sanctuary with pieces of coral on display
The sanctuary hosts booth displays at a variety of community events. (Image: FGBNMS/Drinnen)

Many people learn about the sanctuary through our community outreach efforts. Sanctuary staff and volunteers frequently exhibit or present educational information at conferences, community events, dive clubs, meetings, school functions, and more.

FGBNMS Events

Sun setting over the bay side of Galveston Island with a small marina to the left and houses and business to the right

Seaside Chats

Target Audience: Middle School to Adult

Seaside Chats are FREE informal presentations about ocean topics associated with Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the Gulf of Mexico. These presentations take place on Wednesday evenings in February out in the Galveston community. Professional development hours are available for teachers and Master Naturalists.

People visiting activity booths in the sanctuary ballroom

Ocean Discovery Day

Target Audience: All Ages

Ocean Discovery Day is a FREE open house event at the NOAA Galveston Lab. Visitors enjoy hands-on activities; explore coral reefs, salt marshes, offshore oil platforms and marine science careers; discover Fort Crockett history; learn how to rescue dolphins; visit with sea turtles; and see what NOAA is and does here in the Gulf of Mexico. This event is usually held at the end of March.


Other Programs

People sitting in front of a screen showing a presentation about the sanctuary

Presentations

We are happy to provide presentations of 30-60 minutes at club or association meetings, or for any group of interested individuals. Just send an email to flowergarden@noaa.gov with the specific date and time you have in mind. We will do what we can to accommodate your request. Please make your request at least 60 days in advance.

Camp participants looking at reef monitoring images as part of an activity

Learning Experiences

We can provide a limited number of educational programs with activities for students of any age in the Galveston area. In the past this has included school groups, summer camps, libraries, senior groups and conferences. Just send an email to flowergarden@noaa.gov with the specific date and time you have in mind. We will do what we can to accommodate your request. Please make your request at least 60 days in advance.

Four teachers doing modeling coral polyps with their hands as part of an activity

Professional Development

We are a registered professional development provider in the State of Texas. Although we do not currently offer any scheduled workshops, we would be happy to provide customized programming for school districts at your location or ours. Just send an email to flowergarden@noaa.gov and let us know what you have in mind. We will do what we can to accommodate your request. Please make your request at least 60 days in advance.