Resources for Students

Manatees: Florida's Gentle Giants Coloring Book
Download a free manatee coloring book and other materials.

Get Manatee Information

  • Manatee Information Web Page
    Be sure to check out the Manatee Facts and Manatee FAQ pages. You’ll also find information on migration, mortality, manatee research, birth and reproduction, and sirenians of the world.
  • Sign up for the free bi-monthly Paddle Tales eNewsletter
  • Request our free Manatee Education Packet for Students. Send an email to with your name, mailing address, and grade level.

Download Free PDFs

Watch Videos

  • Closeup of manatee on the webcams
    Watch manatees on the webcams at Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs State Park in Florida.

    Manatee Webcams at Blue Spring State Park and Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

  • Learn With Manfred Manatee animated videos
  • Manatee Conservation Videos
    See links to several videos with manatee conservation messages on our Boater Resources page, including Boating Safely with Manatees, How to Report a Speed Zone Violation, How to Report a Distressed Manatee, Manatees and Entanglement, Responsible Paddling Near Manatees and more.
  • Manatee Videos on YouTube

Discover Additional Learning Options

View Online Bibliographies

  • Bibliography and Index of the Sirenia and Desmostylia is a searchable index by Dr. Daryl P. Domning, a member of Save the Manatee Club’s Board of Directors and Professor of Anatomy at Howard University, Washington, D.C. He is also a Research Associate in Paleobiology at the National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, and a Research Associate in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, California.
  • Manatee Research Publications and Links from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute in St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Online Bibliography from the U.S. Geological Survey’s Sirenia Project in Gainesville, FL. (Type “manatees” in the Search box at the top of the page.)

Take Action!

As an individual, you have a voice in governmental processes. When you make your wants and needs known, you can improve the world! When you remain silent, you give your power away to others. No one is too young to get involved. Students can participate by researching issues at the local level. They can write letters, send email, and attend county commission or city council meetings. They can help their community make wise choices about environmental protection.

  1. Find out how State and Federal Government Works
    You can find information about your state government. For example, the Florida State Government has a web site called Online Sunshine, which is a guide to the Florida Legislature. You can find out how an idea becomes a law, look up contact information for your legislator, and other interesting facts. You can also look up information about your state’s governor. Florida’s governor is Ron DeSantis, and you can click the following link to find contact information for Governor DeSantis.

    You can get information about the federal government by visiting Scholastic’s How Government Works. You can also find your U.S. senators and your U.S. representative, get their contact information, and send them a message.

  2. Write letters or send emails to elected officials
    If you would like to help manatees, you can write a letter or send an email to Florida’s governor to show strong support for manatee protection. Next, you can write your U.S. senator and representative. If you live in Florida, you can also write your state senator and representative! Tell these elected officials why you think it is important to protect manatees and their habitat and to keep other environmental laws strong. Be creative! You can draw pictures, write letters or poems, and send email.

    Get Tips for Writing Letters to Decision Makers >>

    In addition, there are always a number of issues affecting manatees and their habitat that involve local, state and federal governments. You can visit the Take Action page of the Save the Manatee Club website to find current information on these issues.

  3. Write Letters or Send An Email to Your School or Local Paper
    You can also help educate others by writing a letter to the editor and sending it to your school or community newspaper. Tell them about manatees, why you think it is important to protect them, and how people in your school or community can help.