Join us for Coralpalooza! 


June 2nd – 4th, 2017

 

This summer, Coral Restoration Foundation is hosting our 3rd Annual Coralpalooza — a weekend dedicated to promoting awareness for our coral reefs!

In honor of World Oceans Day, this event will be held over the weekend of June 2nd. Dive program participants will join Coral Restoration Foundation on Friday for a presentation along with hands on training, followed by a day of reef restoration activities on Saturday.

On the afternoon of June 2nd, all registered dive participants will join us at the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo for a presentation and hands-on training. One June 3rd, participants will meet their assigned group at their designated dive shop location and time to begin their activity. Activities will range from helping in our coral tree nurseries, monitoring existing colonies, and outplanting threatened species of corals. Participants will be joined by experienced restoration Team Leaders who will serve as guides throughout the day and direct activities. These team leaders will also provide more information on what Coral Restoration Foundation is all about! Diving participants can register through our website and will receive dive shop and group assignments in weeks leading up to the event.

While the boats are out, land-lubbers are invited to join land events in Key Largo for a day of fun and learning. As the dive day draws to a close, dive participants are invited to the event celebration dinner Saturday evening for a raffle and announcement of the day’s successes!

When:

June 2nd – 3rd, 2017

Where:

the Florida Keys

Cost:

$20 per participant

Snorkeling opportunities are available, if you are interested please email roxane@coralrestoration.org.

Welcome & Training

Friday, June 2

102050 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL

Join us for our welcome event at the Murray Nelson Government Center in Key Largo, FL. There will be a presentation overview of our organization and afterwards you will participate in hands on training learning how to care for coral nurseries, outplant corals, and monitor restoration sites.

Reef Restoration

Saturday, June 3

Morning to mid-afternoon throughout the Florida Keys

This is when all of the action takes place! Individuals will dive side-by-side our team to perform reef restoration tasks such as working in coral nurseries, monitor restoration sites, or outplant corals.

Open House

Saturday, June 3

Stop by our land event in Key Largo for activities and games!

Celebration Dinner

Saturday, June 3, 7:00pm

Key Largo, FL

Our celebration dinner for participants is a time to enjoy food and drinks after a great day of diving. Final numbers for the event will be announced and a raffle will conclude the evening.

FAQs:

Thank you for your interest in joining us for our 3rd Annual Coralpalooza! We have provided answers to frequently asked questions below. If you have more questions, feel free to email roxane@coralrestoration.org or call (305) 453-7030.

Who can participate in Coralpalooza?

Landlubbers and divers alike! We will have activities for everyone. Although those who register must be dive certified to join us for in water activities, there will be on land activities for those who are not and no registration is required to participate in this.

Do I have to be dive certified to participate?

You must be dive certified to participate in Coralpalooza in water activities which you can join by registering. Our Open House on June 3rd however is open to the public for free.

Does it cost money?

Yes. We require a $20 registration fee per participant for those who will be joining in water. Although the $20 does cover the cost of registration, we highly encourage participants to tip the crew on dive boats. We hope individuals will also put their diving dollars to work to rebuild our reefs. Donating towards our efforts will help cover costs and support our efforts to restore the coral reefs.

What if I don’t have my own dive gear?

No worries — you can rent dive gear from the dive shops! (Extra fees will apply)

I am traveling with a group or my family. How can I make sure we are all on the same dive boat?

We cannot guarantee your group will all be on the same boat, but we are going to try our best to accommodate everyone! The most helpful thing you can do is register with everyone’s information.

Do I need to attend the presentation & training on Friday afternoon if I have already dove with Coral Restoration Foundation before?

Yes. Attending the presentation and training is mandatory for this event in order to receive vital information on how we care for our corals, protect the reef, and accurately be able to outplant corals.

What if I want to do one of the reef restoration activities and not another one?

By participating in Coralpalooza, you are agreeing to participate in the activity performed for the overall health of our ocean! We hope everyone will enjoy their experience and learn valuable information no matter what activity they are performing — whether it be outplanting corals, working in the nursery, or monitoring the overall health and success of the corals. Please note if you are assigned to a monitoring group, you will be asked to complete online training modules weeks prior to Coralpalooza. Modules will take approximately one hour to complete.

How will I know where to go on Saturday?

Once individuals begin to register, our team will start matching dive participants with spots available. In weeks leading up to the event, you will receive a email with group assignments including all information you need to know before June 2nd such as what dive shop you will be going out with, time, location, your activity, and more!

Snorkeling opportunities are available, if you are interested please email roxane@coralrestoration.org.


Registration for Coralpalooza 2017 is now closed. Please reach out to us at (305) 453-7030 if you have questions.


Partner Participation

If you are a Reef Restoration Partner and are interested in taking part in this event, send a email to roxane@coralrestoration.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors. Interested in becoming a sponsor? Email roxane@coralrestoration.org.

Where to Stay

Guests are invited to stay at locations in the Florida Keys. Discounts for hotels in Key Largo are available here. For questions, email roxane@coralrestoration.org.