Coral World’s education goal is to create a learning experience for our visitors. Our hope is that by reaching our guests, we can initiate a positive change in people’s behavior towards the marine ecosystem, and our animal operation is designed with this goal in mind. Each public presentation, feeding and interactive program is unique and unstructured, allowing us to adapt the educational content for any particular group of guests.
Time: 9:10 a.m. – 9:20 a.m., 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m. FRI – MON
Discover rainbow lorikeets and a couple rescued local conures, local parakeets of the US Virgin Islands. The brown throated conure or “St. Thomas parakeet” helps our local forest ecosystems by dispersing seeds across the territory. These very sociable birds give our guests an opportunity to watch their amusing antics up close.
Caribbean Reef Encounter Feeding & Presentation
Time: 11 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. FRI – MON
Location: Caribbean Reef Encounter Exhibit
Get a 360-degree view and learn about some of the various species of fishes, corals, stingrays, sharks, and invertebrates that live in our surrounding waters. Learn about the importance of a balanced eco-system and how Coral World’s Caribbean Reef Encounter meets the needs of this diverse collection from training, to feeding, and so much more. Learn about the important goods and services that coral reefs provide, the threats they are facing and how you can help protect them!
Time: 1:30 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. FRI – MON
Location: Dock of the Dolphin Education Center
Join our Animal Welfare Specialists at the Dolphin Education Center for an opportunity to learn about the intelligence and agility of dolphins and the importance of respecting the integrity of the marine ecosystem in which they live.
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Location: Nature Trail
Learn about two introduced species of reptiles and their impact on the environment of the Virgin Islands. Explore our nature trail and learn interesting facts about medicinal plants and the islands local flora.
Time: 10:40 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. FRI – MON
Learn about these majestic birds, where they come from, what the like to eat, how we care for them and so much more.
Observation Tower Feeding
TEMPORARILY CANCELLED DUE TO COVID-19
Location: Observation Tower
Watch hundreds of local fish, like horse-eye Jacks and Atlantic tarpon, in a 360 degree view and explore the natural coral reef ecosystem without setting foot in the water! While there, see if you can spot our resident lobsters who hang out under coral ledges! Get a front-row seat as our diver feeds them outside of the tower windows. Since this exhibit is in the ocean, you never know what animals you will see! Who knows, maybe our resident Cubera snapper Bone Crusher will stop by for a visit!
Sea Lion Presentation
Time: 9:20 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. FRI – MON
Location: Marine Gardens
Join our Animal Welfare Specialists and meet one of our resident South American Sea Lions. Learn how we care for these incredible marine animals in a fun and educational presentation. Presentations will vary, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.
Time: 9:40 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. FRI – MON
Location: Shark Shallows
The inhabitants of the Shark Shallows may include nurse, lemon, blacktip and reef sharks. During the feeding you will have the opportunity to learn about these amazing and very misunderstood animals. Coral World collects the sharks in its exhibits from local waters and Shark Shallows serves as a head start program for sharks – When the juvenile sharks reach a certain size and are less likely to be prey for larger predators, our marine operations staff tags and releases them to the sea.
Time: 1:15 p.m. – 1:25 p.m. FRI – MON
Location: Stingray Bay
Learn about Southern Stingrays, the most common ray found in our area and a close relative of sharks. While attending the stingray feeding you will also learn about Coral worlds “head start” program. This program works to increase southern stingray populations within the territory by monitoring their reproductive behaviors. Assist aquarium staff members with feeding our collection of stingrays in the “Splash Zone”! You can also touch their velvety smooth skin.
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. FRI – MON
Location: Turtle Encounter Pool
Visit one of our green sea turtles and watch as she engages in training and tactile interaction with one of our aquarists. Learn about the dangers green sea turtles face throughout the world and what you can do in your day-to-day life to help save them.