Calendar

Natural Events, Community Events, Meetings and Presentations

Hammerhead shark

All Month

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays school around the banks.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

January 1

New Years Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

January 15

Martin Luther King Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


January 17

Sanctuary Anniversary

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary was designated on this date in 1992. Check out "20 Things to Love" about the sanctuary!


Hammerhead shark

All Month

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays school around the banks.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Traveling exhibit on display in Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

All Month

Reef on the Road Exhibit

This traveling exhibit about the sanctuary is on display at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science in Clute, TX through April 2017.


Manta ray swimming in blue water

February 8

Seaside Chat: Manta Rays and More!

6:30-7:30 pm, Sea Star Base, 7509 Broadway, Galveston
Discover what we know about manta rays, whale sharks and other big visitors to the sanctuary.


Section of reef showing layered star corals

February 15

Seaside Chat: Celebrating 25 Years!

6:30-7:30 pm, Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway, Galveston
See how far we've come from our humble beginnings in 1992 to a sanctuary on the verge of expansion. Opportunity to tour R/V MANTA, weather permitting.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

February 20

Presidents Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

February 22

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Brain coral beginning to spawn

February 22

Seaside Chat: Reef Romance

6:30-7:30 pm, Sea Star Base Galveston, 7509 Broadway, Galveston
Explore the mysteries of underwater romance and reproduction on the reef, from spawning corals to spawning sponges and worms.


Silhouette of a lionfish on the reef

February 27

Facebook Live: Lionfish Dissections

2:30 pm CST
Join us to watch lionfish dissections live from Galveston! Watch from the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Facebook page.


Hammerhead shark

All Month

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays school around the banks.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Traveling exhibit on display in Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

All Month

Reef on the Road Exhibit

This traveling exhibit about the sanctuary is on display at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science in Clute, TX through April 2017.


Lionfish

March 3

Lionfish Reddit "Ask Us Anything"

2 pm, Online
Participate in this online question and answer session with NOAA scientists who have been exploring the lionfish invasion in our national marine sanctuaries and beyond.


Kids looking at a lionfish in a small aquarium

March 25

Ocean Discovery Day

9 am-3 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Galveston
A FREE day of fun and discovery at the NOAA Galveston Lab. Family-friendly and appropriate for all ages.


Hammerhead shark

All Month

Lionfish Invitational Applications

Participate in our version of a lionfish derby. Diver applications are due May 1, 2017.

Application Form


Hammerhead shark

Early April

Schooling Rays & Hammerheads

Hammerhead sharks and spotted eagle rays may still be schooling around the banks in the early part of the month.
- Learn More
- Watch Ray Video
- Watch Shark Video


Traveling exhibit on display in Brazosport Museum of Natural Science

All Month

Reef on the Road Exhibit

This traveling exhibit about the sanctuary is on display at Brazosport Museum of Natural Science in Clute, TX through April 2017.


Trash nestled in dried sargassum on a beach

April 22

Earth Day

Get out and do something nice for coral reefs and the rest of the planet!


Whale shark

Late May

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary toward the later part of the month.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Sea turtle swimming

May 15

Endangered Species Day

This is a day to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and what you can do to help protect our nation's disappearing wildlife.


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

May 17

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

May 29

Memorial Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Diver navigating over the reef

June 8

World Ocean Day

This annual Earth Day for the Ocean began in June 2003. Did you know that FGBNMS has some of the healthiest coral reefs in the world?


A hawksbill sea turtle swimming in open water

June 16

World Sea Turtle Day

This day is used to highlight the importance of sea turtles and how they are being affected by human actions.


Jacques Cousteau on the cover of Sanctuary Watch

June 25

Cousteau Red Hat Day

Wear a red cap today in memory of Jacques Cousteau! Celebrate Cousteau’s immense contri-butions to marine science and conservation, including the production of more than 120 documentaries, advancing the science of scuba, and promoting environmental activism.


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


A United States flag made from colorful sea creatures. Coneys (a type of grouper) make up the red and white stripes. Murexes (a type of snail) make up the stars.

July 4

Independence Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.

Download Fish Flag


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Small squid in open water at night

All Month

Squid Aggregations

Aggregations of small squid may be noticed during coral spawning.
- Learn More
- Watch Octopus and Squid Video
- Watch Spawning Videos


Small white bundles of eggs and sperm nestle atop a brain coral prior to their release.

TBD

Mass Coral Spawning

This annual event happens 7-10 days after the full moon in August.
- Watch Spawning Videos


Get Into Your Sanctuary logo with surfboard, fishing pole, fin, snorkel and paddle

August 12

Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

This day is set aside for a nationwide celebration of our National Marine Sanctuaries. Stay tuned for more details...


Man holding up large lionfish

August 27-31

Lionfish Invitational

Collection permits will be issued for a four-day lionfish research cruise on board the recreational dive charter M/V FLING.

If you are interested in participating in this lionfish removal effort, please contact Michelle.A.Johnston@noaa.gov


Whale shark

All Month

Whale Sharks

Whale sharks may be sighted in the sanctuary.
- Learn More
- Watch Shark Video


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

September 4

Labor Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

September 20

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Two Spot Octopus jetting across reef

October 8-12

Cephalopod Awareness Days

Check out these amazing mollusks and their relatives in our Mollusk Species List.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

October 9

Columbus Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Candy Corn image made from different animal photos.

October 30

National Candy Corn Day

No snacking required! Instead, see if you can identify the animal images that make up this Candy Corn treat. Need help? Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

November 10

Veterans Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


People seated around a u-shaped table with a sanctuary banner hanging overhead

November 15

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period is scheduled for 1 p.m.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

November 23

Thanksgiving Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Poinsettia picture with petals and leaves made from sea life images

December 25

Christmas Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.

Download 12 Days of Fishmas

Download Holiday Poinsettia

Download Gifts from the Gardens

Visit with Elf From the Shelf