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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offers a variety of free resources for educators.

Downloadable Education Materials

A variety of educational classroom activities and lesson plans are available for download from the Education Documents Page of our online Document Library.

Here's an abbreviated list of what you can find:

Word Puzzles
Image of a photo collage activity showing various types of animals from the sanctuary. Coloring Pages
Photo Collages
Coral Cores: Ocean   Timelines Lesson
Coral Spawning Globe   Activity
Fish Fun Lesson
Gulf of Mexico   Watershed Activity
Coral Construction   Activity
Manta Mysteries Activity
Reef Monitoring Activity
Adaptations from the Depths Curriculum
Plastics, Plastics Everywhere! Lesson
Paint a Reef Mural Lesson

A brief description is provided for each of these items in the Document Library.

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Education Email List

This digest-format list provides regular updates on sanctuary activities, the latest in information on coral reefs and important marine science issues, educational resources, useful web sites, professional development workshops, career and job opportunities in marine science, and more.

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If you no longer wish to be on this list, please send an email to from the email you wish to unsubscribe.

Subscription to this list is voluntary. Submitting your information constitutes your consent to the use of the information for the stated purpose.

If you have items that might be of interest to other teachers of marine science, you may email them to the list administrator for consideration and possible posting.

If you need more information regarding this Education email list, please contact the list administrator.

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Flyer

Image of the front cover of the sanctuary brochure showing a coral reef scene with a large angelfish in the foreground.This full-color, 2-sided fact sheet includes information about the sanctuary's location, habitats, flora and fauna, regional connections, etc.

You may download this flyer (446kb pdf) free of charge to share with your students for science lessons, research projects, and even practice reading non-fiction sources.

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Our colorful bookmarks will let your students know Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary is home to beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish. It will also provide them with the sanctuary website, Facebook, and Twitter addresses to help them find more information.

Click on either image below to see a larger version.

Front image of sanctuary bookmark with coral photo
Bookmark front includes sanctuary and NOAA logos
along with web, Facebook, and Twitter addresses

Back image of sanctuary bookmark with stoplight parrotfish photo
Bookmark back includes the geographic location of
the sanctuary and our web addresss

Classroom sets of bookmarks are available by emailing Be sure to specify what quantity you need and include a physical mailing address.

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We no longer have print copies of these posters availabe. However, you may click on any poster image below to open a PDF file of that poster to download and print for yourself. Each poster measures 25"x19" when printed at full size.

Poster showing  lacy green algae and orange sponges
5.2MB pdf

Poster of purple and white anemone
6.5MB pdf

Poster showing red crinoid and several black corals
7.3 MB pdf

Poster of small octopus standing upright on a silty mud sea floor
4.7MB pdf

Poster of roughtongue bass
6MB pdf

Collage poster including images of a variety of deepwater species
7.3MB pdf

Deepwater Poster Series:
Each poster features photographs of deepwater species taken during ROV explorations in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico.

To request a poster or find out what posters are currently available, please contact

Ocean Literacy

Cover of Ocean Literacy brochureOcean Literacy means understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. There are 7 principles of Ocean Literacy — ideas scientists and educators agree everyone should understand about the ocean. 

These principles are outlined in the document pictured here and available as a free download from the Ocean Literacy website. Use this as a guide for incorporating ocean concepts into your everyday teaching.

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Our staffing is limited, but we are available for occasional local school presentations, either at your location or here at our offices as part of a field trip experience. If this interests you, please contact us several months in advance.


If you still haven't found what you are looking for, please let us know. We may have something new in development or know of another source for what you need. Feel free to pick our brains!

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Pale yellow sea slug with bright orange and blue ruffle down its back and bright orange spots on the end of its antennae.  Sea slug looks like a snail without its shell and is only a couple inches long.
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