In the classroom

“In my mind, all kids are born scientists, they’re born adventurers, they want to explore. If we can get the kids to hold onto that curiosity, then our planet would be a much better place.” – Zack Rago

Organize a Screening

Join the growing number of schools hosting a screening and be the first to receive new educational materials.

Approach A School Near You

Not an educator? No problem! Use this guide to approach your school as a student, parent or community member.


Looking to dive deeper? We’ve developed these new lesson plans with teachers to enrich the screening experience. Download these lesson plans for grades 6-12 to explore the film’s themes, enrich classroom discussion, and inspire students to discover what’s happening in their own local ecosystems.


One-day classroom modules.


Longer-term, project-based learning initiative.


Learn how Chasing Coral impacted an entire community!


Few people ever get a chance to visit the corals firsthand. Now with virtual reality, we can bring more people to see what’s happening. Take your students on a virtual dive with our exclusive VR film assets, and together explore what’s hidden beneath the waves.

Additional Resources

We are always learning. We’ve compiled some of our favorite resources that helped us throughout the production of Chasing Coral and that can be used to further engage students in the classroom.

Additional Curriculum

  • HotDocs: A guide is designed by North America’s largest documentary film festival to help teachers and students enrich their experience of Chasing Coral by providing support in the form of questions and activities.
  • Ocean Portal: The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History provides activities, lessons and educational resources to bring the ocean to life for your students. They have collected top resources from collaborators to provide you with teacher-tested, ocean science materials for your classroom.
  • Science Matters: A website and blog designed to focus on teaching difficult concepts in science and math, provides a question guide and key to accompany Chasing Coral.

Interactive Tools

Annual Events and Conferences

  • International Year of the Reef: 2018 marks the International Year of the Reef, an informal partnership between Nations and organizations which strive to preserve coral reefs and related ecosystems around the world.
  • World Oceans Day: A global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, with free resources and ideas for everyone to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.
  • Our Ocean Conference: Presented by the U.S. Department of State, this conference focus on the key ocean issues of our time – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean.

Friends of the Film

  • The Ocean Agency: A non-profit organization founded by a group of ex-advertising execs and creatives who believe great communication is key to finding solutions for their only client: the ocean.
  • 50 Reefs: A global plan to rapidly bolster existing coral reef conservation efforts by catalyzing new targeted action and investment in key geographies – as well as identifying and protecting coral reefs that are least vulnerable to climate change, that also have the greatest capacity to repopulate other reefs over time.
  • XL Catlin Sea Survey: Creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs, in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision. By enabling change to be clearly monitored over time, scientists, policy makers and the general public with have a better understanding the issues reefs are facing.
  • View into the Blue: View Into The Blue® self-cleaning camera systems are the first of their kind in the subsea video industry. The equipment is stable at ocean depths, and includes software and sensors that enable water quality measurements, live video streaming, and real-time data recording.
  • Teens4Oceans: Empowering our next generation to become impassioned stewards for their oceans through education, experiential learning, scientific research, and innovative technologies.
  • Gates Lab: Dr. Ruth Gates and her group work on coral reefs, tropical marine ecosystems that protect coastlines, support tourism and provide nutrition to many island nations.
  • NOAA Coral Reef Watch: Using satellite data to provide current reef environmental conditions to quickly identify areas at risk for coral bleaching with continuous satellite monitoring of sea surface temperature at global scale.
  • Great Barrier Reef Legacy: In the fall of 2017 our resident “Coral Nerd” Zackery Rago, joined the “Search for Super Corals” expedition. Armed with a state of the art long range research vessel, providing essential access and support for coral reef research, education and multimedia programs.

Photography by Jennifer Manville for newportFILM

“In the end we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand; and we will understand only what we are taught.”

-Baba Dioum