Sanctuary Friends Foundation of the Florida Keys supports the Coral Reef Classroom program. We partner with the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary to provide free educational excursions to the reef for over 5,000 local students and teachers since 1991. Developing environmental stewardship is the focus as students develop their own hypotheses about the condition of essential habitats, record and compare field observations, and discuss ecosystem management strategies.
The objective of Coral Reef Classroom is to teach basic coral reef biology and concepts of habitat interdependence by engaging students in activities such as water quality sampling, and data collection and evaluation. These exercises encourage analytical thinking, demonstrate the role management plays in protecting natural resources, and informs students about careers in environmental science.
This program is supported by proceeds from the sale of the "Protect Our Reefs" license plate to Florida drivers. If you don't have your plate yet, click on the link below to learn more!