Resources For Educators
Manatees: An Educator's Guide
Available free for educators. This publication includes information on the natural history and habitat of manatees in Florida as well as a free poster Sirenians of the World. Threats to survival, research, and conservation issues are also addressed, and the guide includes a section on classroom resources and activities. Click here to download a free copy of the educator's guide (pdf format, 2.86 MB file).
Educators (including homeschools) may also receive a free guide by sending their request by mail to:
Save the Manatee Club
500 N. Maitland Ave.
Maitland, FL 32751 USA
Please include a self-addressed 9" X 12" stamped envelope that has U.S. $2.80 in postage on it. Educators living outside the United States: please send a self-addressed 9" X 12" envelope with postage appropriate for a 6.3 oz package.
Manatees: A Coloring and Activity Book
Produced by the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council and Save the Manatee Club. Click here to download a free copy of the coloring and activity book (pdf format).
Elementary school educators (including homeschools) may also receive a free copy (along with an educator's guide) by sending a request by mail to Save the Manatee Club at the address above. Please include a self-addressed 9" X 12" envelope that has U.S. $2.97 in postage on it (limit one per teacher, but may be copied for students). Educators living outside the United States: please send a self-addressed 9" X 12" envelope with postage appropriate for a 7.1 oz package.
Educator Discount for the Adopt-A-Manatee® Program
School groups or classes can adopt an endangered manatee for a special discounted rate of $20 a year through Save the Manatee Club. The adoption includes a copy of Manatees: An Educator's Guide with the four-color poster Sirenians of the World and our coloring and activity book (for elementary educators). School groups will receive an adoption certificate, underwater photo, and case history of the adopted manatee, as well as a membership handbook with other manatee information. In addition, classes and school groups will receive The Manatee Zone, the Club's quarterly newsletter with adoption updates, education articles, and information on manatee-related issues. If you provide an e-mail address, you'll also receive Paddle Tales, the Club's e-newsletter. Click on the link above for more information or to order online or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646).
- Be sure to visit the Manatee Information page of our web site. It's the hub of our information section. You'll find links to all sorts of educational topics on manatees, plus information on the best manatee viewing areas and tips for swimmers, divers, and boaters.
- Manatee WebCams at Blue Spring State Park
Watch Save the Manatee Club's newly installed webcams at Blue Spring State Park. During regular manatee season — usually November through March — you can see endangered manatees in the spring run and read the latest manatee reports from Wayne Hartley, our Manatee Specialist. After active manatee season has ended at Blue Spring, we will air a combination of live feeds without manatees, and — when you are viewing manatees — live video that was streamed during the previous season.
- Free Paddle Tales E-Newsletter
Sign up for Save the Manatee Club's free e-newsletter. Every other month, you'll get the scoop on current manatee news, learn about a manatee, see photos of recent manatee sightings, discover games and activities, learn about special offers and events, and more. And, we'll answer your questions about manatees! See our most recent issue and sign up by clicking the link above.
- Free Boat Safely Poster
Save the Manatee Club has created an 11" x 17" poster that features the conservation message "Navigate with Care, Manatees are There: Boat Safely!" Schools or libraries interested in obtaining the free Boat Safely poster should contact Save the Manatee Club via e-mail at email@example.com, by regular mail at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Please include your name and regular mailing address, along with information on where the poster will be displayed.Click the link above to see a sample of the poster.
- Free Buddy Manatee "Look, But Don't Touch" Poster
Save the Manatee Club has created an 11" x 17" poster that features the Buddy Manatee character created by Florida artist Tim Thomas and the conservation message "You Can Look, But Please Don't Touch, Chase, Give Water, Or Feed Us." Schools or libraries interested in obtaining the free Buddy Manatee poster should contact Save the Manatee Club via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by regular mail at 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751, or by calling toll free at 1-800-432-JOIN (5646). Please include your name and regular mailing address, along with information on where the poster will be displayed. Click the link above to see a sample of the poster.
- DVD: Manatee Messages: What You Can Do!
An educational video for students and teachers produced by Save the Manatee Club with assistance from the Florida Advisory Council on Environmental Education. This video provides a description of manatees and includes information on their behavior and habitat. Conservation information and what students can do to help manatees are also included. Manatee Messages is approximately 12 minutes in length and is available in elementary (grades K-5) and middle school (grades 6-8) formats. It has been distributed to schools throughout the state of Florida, so Florida educators should check their district media center for availability. Educators outside of Florida and other interested parties may purchase the Manatee Messages: What You Can Do! DVD by sending a check or money order for U.S. $5.00 by mail to Save the Manatee Club, 500 N. Maitland Ave., Maitland, FL 32751 or call 1-800-432-JOIN (5646) to order over the phone. Please specify whether you would like the elementary or middle school version.
You can also watch Manatee Messages on YouTube!
See the Elementary Version
See the Middle School Version
- Video: Manatees: Species in Peril
A joint project between Save the Manatee Club and International Video Projects of Florida. The video features beautiful underwater footage of manatees at Blue Spring State Park, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, and other areas in Florida. Viewers can learn about manatees, the conservation efforts designed to protect them, and what they can do to save manatees for future generations. The video is approximately 45-minutes long and is suitable for high school students or adults. It has been distributed to schools throughout the state of Florida. Florida educators should check their district media center for availability. You can also purchase the video at International Video Projects.
- Career Information
Have your students thought about being a manatee researcher? What does a manatee advocate do? We asked Wayne Hartley, SMC's Manatee Specialist, and Dr. Katie Tripp, our Director of Science and Conservation, to describe a typical work day, how they got started and their advice for those interested in these careers. Plus find links for pursuing a career in marine mammal science, volunteer and intern opportunities, and more!
- Springs Conservation in the Classroom
This course is geared toward high school students and the general public. The program consists of seven modules, designed to inform students and promote critical thinking. The course introduces students to aquifers, springs, and springsheds, discusses their importance to the Florida water supply, and evaluates impacts from development, pollution, and groundwater pumping. The modules also serve as a primer on Florida water policy and help students develop the skills needed to participate in policy formation. The course streams online as a series of Youtube videos or is available for download in Powerpoint format
- DVD: Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program
The Monofilament Recovery and Recycling Program (MRRP) is a statewide effort in Florida to educate the public on the problems caused by monofilament line left in the environment, encourage recycling through a network of line recycling bins and drop-off locations, and conduct volunteer monofilament line clean up events. (Save the Manatee Club is an MRRP member.) The DVD is an introduction to the program, a summary of the problem, and the solution. It is 15-minutes long and was produced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The DVD is available free of charge to educators. To request a copy, please e-mail your name, school or organization (if any), and regular mailing address to email@example.com.
- Free PowerPoint Slide Show: Meet the Florida Manatee!
Meet the Florida Manatee! is a PowerPoint slide show prepared by Save the Manatee Club. Educators can receive the free slide show (1 MB file). Just send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and request a copy. To view an online version, click on this link.
- Manatee Video
Visit our YouTube page to see underwater footage of manatees and some of our favorite YouTube manatee videos as well as Save the Manatee Club's public service announcements.
- Manatee Sounds
Have you ever wondered how manatees communicate? Listen to common manatee sounds, an angry or annoyed manatee (it's true!), and calls between a mom and calf, among others.
- Check out the Cool Manatee Stuff section of our web site for other great manatee-related items. You can get free bookmarks, stickers, and banners, take a quiz, play games, send postcards with manatee facts, and more!
- Manatee Book List
Save the Manatee Club has compiled a list of recommended books on manatees for both young and adult readers.
- More Manatee-Related Web Sites
You can find other manatee-related web sites and career advice for future marine mammal scientists at our Manatee Links page.
- Action Kids
Students can learn they have a voice in governmental processes. They can find out how state and federal government works, learn how to write letters or e-mails to send to elected officials, and write letters or send e-mails to school or local papers.
- Online Bibliographies
The Bibliography and Index of the Sirenia and Desmostylia
by Dr. Daryl P. Domning, a board member for Save the Manatee Club. Dr. Domning is also a Professor of Anatomy at Howard University in Washington, D.C. and a Research Associate in Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution.This online searchable resource features significant published literature — both technical and popular works — on the the mammalian orders Sirenia (includes manatees and dugongs) and Desmostylia (an extinct order of marine mammals). A wonderful resource for research projects.
Manatee Research Publications and Links
from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
in St. Petersburg, FL.
from the U.S. Geological Survey's Sirenia Project
in Gainesville, FL.
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