Additional Resources

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

Educational Materials

  • The Unstoppable Schools Project: A project-based learning initiative designed by our team to develop leadership skills in 8-12 grade students so they can chase environmental issues in their own communities and become agents for positive change.
  • HotDocs: Designed by North America’s largest documentary film festival, this Chasing Coral guide has questions and activities to enrich students’ experience of the film.
  • DocAcademy: With six different lesson plans and five shorter clips of the film, DocAcademy’s Chasing Coral curriculum is suited to a variety of classrooms and ages.
  • Ocean Portal: The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History curates activities, lessons and teacher-tested ocean science materials to bring the ocean to life for your students. 

Interactive Tools

Annual Events and Conferences

  • World Oceans Day: This site serves as a central coordinating platform for World Oceans Day, a global day of ocean celebration and collaboration for a better future. It contains free resources and ideas to help expand the reach and impact of World Oceans Day on June 8 and year-round.
  • Climate Week: A week in late September for the climate hosted in New York City but celebrated worldwide to raise awareness about climate issues.

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: An initiative designed during the filming of Chasing Coral to rapidly bolster existing coral reef conservation efforts by catalyzing new targeted action and investment in key geographies.
  • XL Catlin Sea Survey: Creating a baseline record of the world’s coral reefs in high-resolution 360-degree panoramic vision to impart scientists, policy makers and the general public with 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 the next generation to become impassioned stewards for their oceans through education, experiential learning, scientific research, and innovative technologies.
  • Gates Lab: The lab of the late Dr. Ruth Gates, featured in the film, continues to study coral reefs and tropical marine ecosystems that protect coastlines as well as support tourism and provide nutrition to many island nations.
  • NOAA Coral Reef Watch: Using continuous satellite monitoring of sea surface temperature at global scale, NOAA’s Coral Reef Watch quickly identifies areas at risk for coral bleaching.
  • Great Barrier Reef Legacy: The Great Barrier Reef Legacy is an innovative leader in collaborative coral reef research expeditions, education, stewardship and multi-media engagement. In the fall of 2017, our resident “Coral Nerd” Zack Rago joined the “Search for Super Corals” expedition. 

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