The Nature Foundation has been able to host several Coral Education Snorkels through the support of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds Caribisch Gebied ( and IHE Delft Institute of Water Education ( This program has been hugely successful in introducing students of St. Maarten to the marine environment and opening up discussion on what students can do to help protect the island’s natural resources.

Did you take part in a Coral Snorkel with the Nature Foundation? Find the photos and videos available for download here: Coral Education Snorkel Albums

Coral reefs are home to more than 25% of all marine life and are one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems on the planet. It is essential that the students of St. Maarten learn about the importance of protecting and preserving the marine environment surrounding their home.

Event Activities:

Students are given a thorough safety briefing before heading out to a local snorkeling site with Nature Foundation staff and boat crew. Before diving into the water a presentation is given discussing the basics of Corals and how coral reefs benefit our residents. After the presentation the group dives into the water to search for corals and marine life.

After the first snorkel the group heads back to the boat to move to the next site. Here there is a discussion about the stressed state of St. Maarten’s marine ecosystem and what residents and visitors can do to help protect the environment. After the presentation students are invited to jump in the water for another snorkel!

These events are an incredible interactive way for students to be introduced to the marine environment of St. Maarten and the challenges our ecosystem in facing. To see when the next Coral Education Snorkel is follow our Facebook Page or Instagram!

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