Resources for Students

  • Materials for Projects or Reports: You can find a great deal of manatee information right at Save the Manatee Club’s web site. Start at our Manatee Information page and begin by checking out the link to the Manatee Facts page.You can print information from any of the Save the Manatee Club web pages to use for your school projects or reports. You can also download our free Manatee Facts and Manatee Anatomy sheets, coloring and activity book and coloring sheet, and public awareness brochure (see below). If you are not able to print information from the web site or download the pdf files, you can e-mail us at education@savethemanatee.org and request a “student education packet.” These packets are available free to K-12 or college-level students. Be sure to give your name, postal address, and grade level.
  • Manatee WebCams at Blue Spring State Park: 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • View a PowerPoint Slide Show on YouTube
    What are manatees? Where do they live? And why are their teeth so cool? Find out when you Meet the Florida Manatee! Click the following links for a video version of our slide show for young students and the slide show for high school students and adults.
  • 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.
  • Coloring and Activity Book (pdf): Download and print our 8-page coloring and activity book Manatees: Florida’s Gentle Giants. Read trivia, play games, and get action tips for kids. Check it out!
  • Letter and Coloring Sheet (pdf): 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.)
  • Manatee Facts (pdf): Want some fast facts about manatees? This short piece is great for school projects, plus it has a great manatee photo.
  • Manatee Anatomy (pdf): A cool fact sheet from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Features 4-color photo of a manatee and manatee anatomy trivia.
  • If You Love Me, Please Don’t Touch Or Feed Me Brochure (pdf): Find out what you should do if you see a manatee while swimming, diving, snorkeling, or boating and how best to protect them.
  • Manatee Book ListRead more about manatees! We’ve put together a list of recommended books on manatees for both young and adult readers.
  • Action Kids: You have a voice in governmental processes! 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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