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Sanctuary staff and volunteers frequently exhibit or present educational information at conferences, community events, dive clubs, meetings, school functions, and more.

To find out what we already have planned, please check the Calendar of Events.

For more information regarding specific events or to see about scheduling a presentation for your group, contact

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Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary offers a variety of professional development opportunities for teachers and is considered an approved provider by the Texas State Board of Educator Certification (SBEC).Down Under, Out Yonder Workshop logo

Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY)
Coral Reef Workshop & SCUBA Field Experience

Down Under, Out Yonder

There will be no 2017 DUOY workshop. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation was unable to find funding for the workshop this year. 

Questions? Contact

Close up of an individual coral polyp with tentacles extendedWhat are corals?  How do they build reefs?  Why are the coral reefs of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico so special and unique?  What does all this have to do with the National Marine Sanctuary System? 

These are just a few of the questions that will be answered through this interactive, resource-rich 5-day workshop.  Educators of all levels will walk away from the experience with the means to actively involve their students in the learning process, expose them to scientific research, and share personal experiences about the challenges of field work.

Participants will receive a multitude of resources, activities, materials, and ideas for implementation of topics in biology, oceanography, geology, physical science, American government and environmental science. 

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Teachers making coral spawning globes.
Photo: Drinnen/FGBNMS

The first 2 days of the workshop take place in Galveston, TX and cover much of the content listed above. REEF fish identification is also an integral part of the content. Educators will learn to identify approximately 80 species of reef fish, then practice what they've learned at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens.

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Teachers gathered for discussion in the galley of the M/V Fling. Photo: Janene Fowler, DUOY 2007

The following 3 days are spent on a live-aboard dive boat in the Gulf of Mexico, visiting and diving in the sanctuary! Your reef fish knowledge will be put to use doing fish surveys that will actually contribute to an ongoing database of species and abundance in the sanctuary.

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Teacher ready to dive.
Photo: Janene Fowler, DUOY 2007

This workshop is coordinated by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation with most of the content provided by sanctuary staff.

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Down Under, Out Yonder is usually offered once each year, in June or July. It generally provides participants with 28-30 hours of SBEC credit, depending on the exact activities included and the final schedule.  Registration and information materials are available from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation web site beginning in January each year.

Participants need not work in a formal classroom setting, but must be involved in educating K-12 students or training personnel who educate K-12 students (e.g. aquariums, museums, nature preserves, youth organizations, home school cooperatives, etc.).

Participants must also be Scuba certified to participate in the field experience. We DO NOT provide Scuba instruction.

Need additional motivation? Enjoy these photos from a previous DUOY workshops!

DUOY 2016

DUOY 2015

DUOY 2011

For non-divers, there is an option to participate in just the 2-day Galveston part of the workshop.

Please contact or call 409-621-5151, x105 for additional information.

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