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  1. Reef Awareness Day!
  2. Murphy Pet Census
  3. Endangered Species Information
  4. National Space Day
  5. Past Event and Programming Resources


June 1st is World Reef Awareness Day! Coral reefs are important indicators of our oceans’ health and are crucial to the survival of life on Earth. More than a billion living creatures depend on sea corals for food and coral habitats act as a filter to clean surrounding water. World Reef Awareness Day is celebrated as a way to inspire people around the world to come together and find ways to preserve and protect these global treasures.

Interesting Coral Reef Facts:

  • Reefs only cover less than 1% of the world’s oceans but are home to 25% of all marine life
  • Massive reefs such as the Great Barrier Reef are believed to be between 5,000 to 10,000 years old
  • Corals are animals, not plants or even rocks as some would think. However, just like plants, they need sunlight to grow, which is why they thrive in shallow water.
  • Corals are actually related to jellyfish and anemones
  • Reefs are massive living organisms, and they play an important role in managing the carbon dioxide levels in oceans
  • Coral reefs are declining in many parts of the world, with 30% expected to be destroyed or seriously degraded in 10 years

Here are some resources including crafts and printables to help you learn more!

 World Reef Awareness Day website

Virtual field trip to the coral reefs of Palau

NOAA Coral Reef educational resources

DIY Coral Reef Diorama

Printable Coral Reef Activity Book

Paper Bowl Jellyfish Craft