Coral reefs are the most diverse of all marine ecosystems – because of this diversity, coral reefs are often called the rainforests of the sea. Coral reefs provide food and shelter for marine life like fish, lobsters, clams, seahorses, sponges, andsea turtles. Corals are unfortunately severely impacted by climate change. With rising sea temperatures, ocean acidification due to increasing carbon dioxide levels, pollution, over-fishing, habitat loss from coastal developments, and the creation of jewelry and souvenirs, the reefs are dying around the world.
In this box, kids will learn all about the amazing coral reefs, the ecosystem they provide to the marine animals around them and why they are so endangered. As part of our Environmental Leaders series, kids will also learn all about Ken Nedimyer, a coral restoration pioneer whose work on the reefs of the Florida Keys is helping to save critically endangered species.
PROJECT: Build a candy coral reef
Book: The Brilliant Deep
NOTE: This project contains food (marshmallows, licorice laces, powdered sugar and sprinkles).
All of our Project Boxes include a detailed Project Guide with background information and activity instructions, a relevant book, and most materials needed to complete the activity. For some boxes, there will be some at-home supplies needed.