Community outreach is an important part of our mission in training. Our program visits local schools, camps, and festivals/events, to educate the public on aquatic animal facts, artifact identification, common conservation issues aquatic species are facing, and information about our program opportunities. We have something for all ages and it is our goal to make learning fun!
We have a variety of games and interactive activities. Some events that we participate in are UF CVM Open House, The Jacksonville Right Whale Festival, 4-H Camps, Career day at local schools, and so many more.
Our “Manatee Hospital” demonstration set up. Kids learn about how to properly rescue a stranded animal and what happens when it is taken to a rehabilitation facility for medical assistance.
Our “Whats in my Tummy? Match Yucky and Yummy.” matching game allows kids to learn about what aquatic animals eat. For an extra challenge, they can guess what similar-looking harmful pollution these animals may accidentally eat instead. © Aquatic Animal Health Program
Our UF Marine Animal Rescue Stranding truck demonstrating how we lift heavy animals using a hoist system.
Our “Marine Life” game is similar to the game of “Life”. Players live the life of a marine animal while learning facts and conservation issues these animals face throughout their lives. ©Aquatic Animal Health Program