Manatee education

Welcome to the manatee education site! This site is a learning resource for students, teachers and anyone interested in learning about one of Florida’s most endangered marine mammals. 

The Florida manatee is a state and federally listed endangered species, and public knowledge and awareness is one of the key factors for its survival. This page contains lots of fun and educational activities for students, including a detailed look at manatee habitat, eating habits, and anatomy. You can even make your own manatee puppet!

Lesson Plans

Manatee/ Florida Spring Diorama - Grades 2 and 3

Sea Grass Habitat Loss and Carrying Capacity - Grade 4

Effect of Water Temperature on Manatee Migration - Grades 4 and 5

Comparative Anatomy and Physiology - Grade 5 

 

Manatee outreach programs

Our manatee education coordinator is available to conduct manatee outreach programs for any age group. Choose one of the following manatee topics:

Manatees as mammals
Manatee threats
Manatee habitats
Manatee math

Or talk with our educator to create a program on the topic most interesting to your group.

To request a manatee education presentation for your school group, club, or organization please contact Volusia County at 386-736-5927.

Manatee fun facts

The Florida Manatee (Trichechus manatus latirostris) is a subspecies of the West Indian Manatee (Trichechus manatus). Manatees are a native species to Florida.

Manatees can be found in warm, shallow waters along the coast and river systems of Florida.

These waters create a unique habitat* for the manatees’ survival. * A habitat is the area an organism normally lives.

Manatees are herbivores, which means they only eat vegetation.

Manatees are slow-moving animals and are often involved in collisions with boats.

Manatee anatomy
Coloring activities
Word search
Manatee puppet

Manatee links

Check out these links to other educational sites:

The Florida Manatee: A Florida Treasure; A Guide for Boating, Diving and Snorkeling Around Manatees
by FWC's Bureau of Protected Species Management

Manatee coloring book
by FWC's Bureau of Protected Species Management

The Florida Manatee
by Florida Power & Light

Commonly asked questions about: Manatees, Manatee Protection Rules, The Manatee Program and Funding Sources
by FWC's Bureau of Protected Species Management

http://www.hswsp.com/manatees/extensive.html
by Homosassa Springs Wildlife Park

http://www.savethemanatee.org/coolstuff.htm
by the Save the Manatee Club 

Katrina Locke
Sustainability & Natural Resources Director
klocke@volusia.org
ext. 15850

Debbie Wingfield
Manatee Protection Program Manager
dwingfield@volusia.org
ext. 12235
 

386-736-5927

For stranded manatees, whales,
sea turtles, and dolphins call FWC:
1-888-404-3922

For right whale sightings call the
Right Whale Hotline:
1-888-979-4253