Coral Reef Educational Trunks 2021-2022

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Coral Reef Educational Trunks 2021-2022

We hope your fall semester is going well! The Coral Reef Conservation Program has been working with teachers over the past year to update our Coral Reef Education Trunks, and we are ready to send these new trunks out to your classrooms. Thank you for your patience. For new and returning educators, here is a quick explanation of how the program works. 

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Jump-Start Your Students' Coral Reef Knowledge

We will be shipping the trunks directly to your school’s main office through FedEx ground shipping, at no cost to you. Please note that these trunks are only for temporary use - we allot one month to each user who requests a trunk. This gives you time to use the activity, lesson plan materials, books and coral replicas. Once this month is up, we will send you a FedEx label that you will need to affix to the trunk to send it to the next teacher.

We have four levels of trunks:

  • Grades K-2.
  • Grades 3-5.
  • Grades 6-8.
  • Grades 9-12.

You can learn more about each trunk on the Southeast Florida Coral Reefs Initiative website. Here you can view lesson plans, PowerPoints, activity materials and suggested bonus resources by grade level. These online versions have been adapted for teachers to use without a trunk so your students will be able to engage in the material even if no trunks are available at the moment. We’re excited to expand the content and accessibility of our Coral Reef Education Trunks so more students can jump-start their coral reef knowledge.

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How to Sign-Up for a Trunk

The trunks will be sent out in order of request. If you would like to use this program, please use this sign-up form to fill in your contact information and details on which trunk you’ll be using. If you know of other educators who may be interested in joining the program, please forward this email to them.

Our 2021-2022 trunks feature a cleaning and sanitization protocol to keep students and teachers safe. We look forward to working with you soon.

Best wishes,

Coral Reef Education Trunk Team

Florida Department of Environmental Protection