Educator Resources

  • 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 the link above 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, along with our coloring and activity book, by sending their request by mail to:Save the Manatee Club
    500 N. Maitland Ave.
    Maitland, FL 32751 USAPlease include a self-addressed 9″ X 12″ stamped envelope that has U.S. $2.41 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 the link above 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. $2.41 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.
  • Letter and Coloring Sheet (pdf)
    Click the link above to download and print our 2-sided coloring sheet that features a letter to Florida’s governor that you can address and send. Manatee designs to create a button, magnet, sticker, and bookmark are included, too! (Address and instructions on page 2.)
  • 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 email address, you’ll also receive Paddle Tales, the Club’s eNewsletter. 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
    Click the link above to watch Save the Manatee Club’s 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.
  • Skype in the Classroom: Manatees
    Save the Manatee Club explores the basics about this gentle animal to the complicated threats manatees are facing in their habitat today. Lessons can appeal to younger audiences with a storytime featuring children’s books about manatees and a post Q&A, or lend itself to higher discussion with high school students — exploring conservation related issues and human impact on environment. We are also able to align with science standards upon teacher request.
  • Free Paddle Tales eNewsletter
    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! 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 email at education@savethemanatee.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.
  • 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 email at education@savethemanatee.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.
  • Free Adopt-A-Manatee® Poster
    An 11″ x 17″ poster that promotes manatees and Save the Manatee Club’s Adopt-A-Manatee® program. The posters are available to Florida businesses, organizations, schools, or libraries who are interested in displaying them. Contact Save the Manatee Club via email at education@savethemanatee.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.
  • 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. Click the link above to get more information and access the modules.
  • 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 education@savethemanatee.org.
  • Manatee Video
    Click the link above to 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.
  • View a PowerPoint Slide Show on YouTube
    Meet the Florida Manatee is a PowerPoint slide show prepared by Save the Manatee Club. Educators can receive the free slide show. Just send an email to education@savethemanatee.org and request a copy. To view an online version, click the following links for the slide show for young students and the slide show for high school students and adults.
  • Manatee Book List
    Read more about manatees! Click the link above to see our list of recommended books on manatees for both young and adult readers.
  • Action Kids
    You have a voice in governmental processes! Click the link above to 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 your school or local papers.

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.)

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