DK Find Out! Habitats and Ecosystems

Animals, plants, and all living things are adapted to life in their natural surroundings.

OLogy: Create a Coral Reef
OLogy (American Museum of Natural History)

Make a 3D diorama!

OdySea Aquarium: Coral Reefs
OdySea Aquarium

Students will gain an understanding of coral reef ecosystems and how humans can protect coral reefs.

Ologies: Cnidariology (CORAL) with Shayle Matsuda

The wonderful and charming coral biologist and cnidariologist Shayle Matsuda of the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology/UH Mānoa takes time out of his busy schedule during a coral spawning event to chat about how magical and beautiful coral can be and why reef health is important.

The Adaptors: Assisting Evolution
The Adaptors

Grist reporter Amelia Urry visits an Australian lab, where scientists are trying to grow coral that can survive in the future.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - Bart Shepherd, Philippine Coral Reef Exhibit
California Academy of Sciences

The Academy is home to the largest living indoor coral reef on Earth—and it’s Steinhart Aquarium Director Bart Shepherd’s pride and joy. 

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - 3D Coral Specimen
California Academy of Sciences

Zoom into an incredible three-dimensional scan of a coral specimen, part of the Academy’s natural history collections.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - How Do Corals Build Reefs?
California Academy of Sciences

Take a tour of a tiny coral polyp to learn how they transform seawater and algae into the raw materials that make up a reef. 

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - Ocean Acidification (Video)
California Academy of Sciences

Academy educator Aya shares all the dirty details about ocean acidification—and how humans can be part of the solution.

California Academy of Sciences: Science @ Home - The Case for Deep Reef Protection
California Academy of Sciences

Hear from an Academy ichthyologist and coral biologist about why diving the Twilight Zone is so exciting—and important.

California Academy of Sciences: Build a Coral Polyp
California Academy of Sciences

By building an edible coral polyp, students will learn the anatomy of coral and be able to explain why corals are animals, rather than plants.