Fact Friday

Hawksbill sea turtle

The shell, or carapace, of the hawksbill sea turtle (Eretmochelys imbricate) is gorgeous, but beauty has its price. One of the biggest threats to this critically endangered species is poaching it for its shell. Despite being banned in 1977 by the Convention of International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), some countries continue to create jewelry, combs, and other valuable objects from the shells.

Photo Credit: Ken Marks

Need Help?

Send us an email


Education Portal

Welcome to our Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum!

The purpose of these innovative coral reef education materials is to engage and inspire students to learn about coral reefs and to become stewards of this vital ecosystem.

Why? The Foundation strives to increase ocean literacy by creating awareness about coral reefs. They harbor nearly 25% of all marine species. Reefs also provide a food supply and livelihood for millions of people around the world.

  • Students

    Includes quizzes, graphics, photos, videos, and interactives that help students retain information and get excited about learning. Get started now!

  • Teachers

    Integrate 21st century learning into your classes, while students learn about coral reefs and how humans are connected to this unique ecosystem. Get started now!

  • Guest

    Not a student or a teacher? Get access to quizzes, graphics, photos, videos, and interactives without a class code from a teacher. Get started now!

Our Course

This award-winning coral reef ecology curriculum has been developed in accordance with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the Ocean Literacy Principles (OLP), and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).  It is aimed towards high school students, but can be adapted for other age groups.

Explore eleven custom designed units on topics that can be integrated into a variety of courses such as art, biology, chemistry, environmental and marine science, and physics, while adhering to course standards. We are continuing to develop the curriculum and will add new units (a total of 23) and lesson plans as they are completed.  Future content includes the following topics:

Reef Formation                                      Biodiversity of Coral Reefs                            Reef Organisms 

Reef Organism Behaviors                      Food Web Dynamics                                     Connectivity of Ecosystems

Threats                                                   Benefits                                                         The Foundation’s Research

Resilience                                               Management and Conservation

Click here for copyright information.

See more