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


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 City By the Sea Museum in Palacios, TX through May 2018.


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 City By the Sea Museum in Palacios, TX through May 2018.


Map showing sanctuary expansion alternative 3

February 5

Boundary Expansion Working Group Meeting

5-8 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Bldg 216, Galveston, TX

Public meeting to review & discuss proposal for sanctuary expansion. Public comment will be accepted. For more information contact Leslie.Clift@noaa.gov


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

February 7

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period begins at 1 p.m. For more information contact Leslie.Clift@noaa.gov


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

February 19

Presidents Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Bright red branches of coral with white tips

February 21

Seaside Chat

Corals: More than Your Garden Variety

6:30-7:30 pm, Waterfront Pavilion at Texas A&M Galveston
Discover the differences between types of coral (hard, soft, octo, black) that we encounter in our explorations.


Deep sea isopod that looks like a giant roly-poly bug

February 28

Seaside Chat

Okeanos Expedition 2017: Surprising Finds in the Gulf of Mexico

6:30-7:30 pm, Waterfront Pavilion at Texas A&M Galveston
Learn about interesting discoveries encountered by NOAA's ship for exploration, Okeanos Explorer, during a December 2017 expedition in the Gulf of Mexico.


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 City By the Sea Museum in Palacios, TX through May 2018.


A mix of healthy and dying corals on a reef

March 7

Seaside Chat

Reef Resilience: Bleaching, Mortality and Hurricanes, Oh My!

6:30-7:30 pm, Waterfront Pavilion at Texas A&M Galveston
A look at the consequences of coral bleaching, a mass mortality event, and hurricanes on our precious reefs.


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 City By the Sea Museum in Palacios, TX through May 2018.


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


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 City By the Sea Museum in Palacios, TX through May 2018.


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

May 9

Advisory Council Meeting

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


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

May 19

Get Into Your Sanctuary Day

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


Sea turtle swimming

May 19

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.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

May 28

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.


Man holding up large lionfish

June 24-28

Lionfish Invitational I

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

Applications are now available and due by March 31, 2018. Questions? Please contact Michelle.A.Johnston@noaa.gov


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.

August 2-5

Mass Coral Spawning

This annual event happens 7-10 days after the full moon in August. Due to the early date of the full moon, there may also be a spawn in September.
- Watch Spawning Videos


Man holding up large lionfish

August 26-30

Lionfish Invitational II

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

Applications are now available and due by March 31, 2018. Questions? 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 3

Labor Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


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

September 1-4

Possible Mass Coral Spawning

This annual event usually happens 7-10 days after the full moon in August, but, due to the early date of the August full moon, there may also be a spawn in September.
- Watch Spawning Videos


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

September 12

Advisory Council Meeting

9 am-4 pm, 4700 Avenue U, Building 216, Galveston
Meeting is open to the public and a public comment period begins at 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 8

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


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

November 1

Advisory Council Meeting

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


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

November 12

Veterans Day Holiday

Sanctuary offices closed.


Night view of mission-style building that houses sanctuary offices

November 22

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