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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.

Learn more about our programs, curriculum, citizen science partnerships, and teacher workshops.

StarfishgirlsWe provide programs to groups, not individual students. Many schools come to MarineLab for their science field trips, and other groups use us for enrichment programs. Our 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. Half 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 programs are hands-on and experiential, and include learning to snorkel before heading out to explore the undersea communities of Key Largo!