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MarineLab Environmental Education Programs

Since 1984, MRDF has educated students and teachers about the marine world! Starting in 1984 with the MarineLab Undersea Lab, we expanded to include field-based education for school groups in 1985 with the MarineLab Environmental Education Program. Since then, over 4,000 students per year have learned about the interconnectedness of our marine environment through studying the seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef communities of the Upper Keys.

In 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we added eMarineLab virtual programs. We also expanded our programs to include families, giving everyone an opportunity to experience a MarineLab program! Learn more at marinelab.org.

StarfishgirlsOur facility includes dorms and a cafeteria, so the programs are all-inclusive!

About half of our students are in grades 6 - 8; one third are 4th & 5th graders and the rest are 9th grade and up. Over 70% of our students are from Florida; the other are from as far away as Alaska and Colorado, New Hampshire and Michigan. While most of our students come from outside the Florida Keys, we are expanding our outreach into our local community and classrooms by hosting local classes.

underwaterMarineLab's onsite programs are hands-on and experiential, and include learning to snorkel before heading out to explore the undersea communities of Key Largo!