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

Seaside Chats 2020 ROVing the Gulf overlayed on an image of colorful algae and hydroids on a section of deep reef

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.

Get Into Your Sanctuary logo overlayed on an image of a spiny lobster walking across the reef

Get Into Your Sanctuary

Target Audience: All Ages

Get Into Your Sanctuary is an annual celebration across the entire National Marine Sanctuary System. On a specified weekend each summer, all of the sanctuary sites host events focused on responsible recreation in national marine sanctuaries. There is also an annual photo contest associated with visiting national marine sanctuaries in person or virtually, from home.


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 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. Please make your request at least 60 days in advance.

For examples of past workshops, check out our DUOY Workshop pages.