Virtual Field Trip

Register to participate in this educational event, live online.

The Secret Life of Coral Reefs: A Dominican Republic Adventure

A virtual field trip for all grades!

Friday, May 10, 2019
1:00 PM Eastern Time
on YouTube (45 minutes)

An image of TNC scientist Dr. Joseph Pollock
Dr. Joseph Pollock, Coral Strategy Director, The Nature Conservancy


Is it a rock? Is it a plant? Or is it something else entirely? Go here to register and find out!

Discover the amazing world of coral reefs with coral scientist Joe Pollock, as he takes us on a virtual field trip to the beautiful coastline of the Dominican Republic. We’ll dive into the waters of the Caribbean to see how corals form, the way they grow into reefs, and how they support an incredible array of plants and animals.

Covering less than 1% of the ocean floor, coral reefs are home to an estimated 25% of all marine species. That’s why they’re often called the rainforests of the sea! Explore this amazing ecosystem and learn how the reefs are more than just a pretty place—they provide habitat for the fish we eat, compounds for the medicines we take, and even coastal protection during severe weather.

Learn how these fragile reefs are being damaged by human activity and climate change, and how scientists from The Nature Conservancy and local organizations are developing ways to restore corals in the areas where they need the most help.

So, come aboard the boat with Joe and our team of experts as we explore one of the most breathtaking, and important, places in the ocean, and learn about the science that’s helping bring nature back to life, and how you can help!

Register via our Google Form. Complete this form by midnight Eastern time on May 9th, 2019 in order to participate.

This event is made possible with support from the Bezos Family Foundation and their Students Rebuild Ocean Challenge.

You can learn more and participate in the Ocean Challenge now through June 8, 2019.

Banner photo © Paul Selvaggio/TNC