Complete conservation-oriented challenges to earn exclusive stickers -- badges of honor for completing each challenge! Jump into citizen science, meet other fish geeks, and have fun learning about ocean life and REEF programs!

Check out the challenges below to see if you have done any of them already, and which ones you want to work toward!

First, log into your REEF account, and then get started here: www.REEF.org/conservation-challenge-eligibility-form

After you've done that, you'll be redirected to our online store where you'll place your order for your free stickers.

Share your achievements and prize stickers on social media with the hashtag #conservationchallenge. Or, email your photos to conservationchallenge@REEF.org.

Not all challenges are currently available - stay tuned throughout the year!

Questions or suggestions? conservationchallenge@REEF.org

Challenges

 

1.    Survey Regions: Get STUCK on surveying! Eligible if you list the region(s) in which you have conducted at least one REEF survey. YES! Past years do count on this one!

  • TWA: Tropical Western Atlantic
  • PAC: Pacific Coast (includes California and Pacific Northwest & Alaska)
  • TEP: Tropical Eastern Pacific
  • HAW: Hawaii
  • SAS: South Atlantic States (NC, SC, GA)
  • CIP: Central Indo Pacific
  • SOP: South Pacific
  • EAM: Eastern Atlantic, Mediterranean, Baltic and North Sea
  • NE: Northeast US & Eastern Canada
  • IORS: Indian Ocean and Red Sea

2.    Fishinars: Learn from experts on how to identify fish and other marine life based off key characteristics. Eligible if you list the name of the Fishinar or Fishy Hour you are registered for this calendar year (see more: www.REEF.org/fishinars).

3.    REEF Field Survey Trips: Join other fish geeks on a vacation that gives back. Dive renowned reefs while surveying marine life. Eligible if you can list a future REEF Field Survey Trip you are registered for or a previous trip you've been on. (see more: www.REEF.org/trips).
4.    Give Big for the Oceans: REEF wouldn’t exist without people who give BIG! Eligible if you've donated to REEF during our spring Give BIG for the Oceans campaign.
*Sticker will be given in a thank-you letter.
5.    Fish out of Water 5k: Fitness and fishes? What’s not to love about this challenge? Eligible if you're registered for this year's Fish out of Water 5K (see more: www.REEF.org/5KRace). 
*Sticker will be given in race packages.
6.    Photo Contest: Appreciate the wonders of the sea through photography with this challenge. Eligible if you can list the photo category that you've either voted in or submitted photos to.
*Available after this year's photo contest

7.    Great Annual Fish Count: Participate in a worldwide fish count! Team up with people in your community to submit fish surveys this July. Eligible if you have attended any Great Annual Fish Count (GAFC) events this calendar year or submit a REEF survey in July. See more: www.REEF.org/gafc
*Available after July of this year

8.    Invasive Species Program: We’d be “lion” if we said these fish belong here!
Help us remove invasive lionfish at one of our derbies in the TWA region, or learn about the invasion during one of our workshops. Eligible if you've ever participated in a lionfish derby, submitted an invasive species report, or attended a lionfish handling or lionfish jewelry workshop and list it on the eligibility form.
9.    REEF Fest: Celebrate the oceans with other dedicated REEF members. Enjoy seminars, banquets, and eco-excursions at this fun annual festival. Eligible if you attend REEF Fest this year (see more: www.REEF.org/reeffest).
*Sticker will be given at the event.

10.    Citizen Science Story: Share how you’ve participated in one of REEF’s main programs or survey trips. Eligible if you email your citizen science story and a photo of yourself to conservationchallenge@REEF.org
11.    Into the Blue Book Club: Dive into a good book. Join the author for Q&A, followed by a discussion with book club members. Eligible if you attend a book club meeting this year and can list a book club book you've read. (see more: www.REEF.org/bookclub).

12.    Gear-on-the-Go: Represent REEF in the field. Send us your photos wearing REEF gear for a chance to be featured on our social media. Eligible if you email a photo or two of you in your REEF gear to conservationchallenge@REEF.org

   
13.    Guardian Club: Join the Guardian Club—some of our most dedicated supporters who are helping to conserve marine environments and protect the oceans year round. As a REEF Guardian, you will receive invitations to special events. Eligible by setting up a recurring monthly donation (see more: www.REEF.org/donation/recurring-donation-reef-guardians).
*Sticker will be given with thank-you letter.
14.    Golden Hamlet: Awarded to those have dedicated many hours of their life to surveying marine life, the Golden Hamlet is given to those who have completed 1000+ REEF surveys. Eligible if you've joined the Golden Hamlet Club (see more: www.REEF.org/golden-hamlet-club).

15.    Volunteer of the Year: Honorable mention for REEF volunteers that have gone the extra mile to help REEF meet its mission of conserving marine environments and engaging the public. Eligible if you've been awarded Volunteer of the Year (see more: www.REEF.org/voy).
16.    Super Surveyor: Super Surveyors have gone above and beyond to make notable contributions to our database! Eligible if you've completed 25+ REEF surveys within this calendar year (see more: www.REEF.org/supersurveyor).
17.    Giving REEF: Acknowledging our most generous supporters, the Giving REEF is located at the REEF Campus in Key Largo, FL, and includes hand-painted fish with engraved plaques recognizing the donor. Eligible if you donate $500 or more within a given year (see more: www.REEF.org/donation/recurring-donation-reef-guardians).
*Sticker will be given with thank-you letter.