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MarineLab is the education arm of Marine Resources Development Foundation (MRDF), a 501(c)3 organization founded in 1970 in the US Virgin Islands. After years of conducting research and developing underwater research stations and the technology for living and working in the sea, MRDF's founder Ian Koblick turned his eyes towards Florida and expanding MRDF's activities to include education.  Since 1985, thousands of students a year have participated in our marine science programs in Key Largo.  We are an experiential education facility where students can learn about ecology by exploring the underwater habitats surrounding the island.  In 2020, we created eMarineLab, an opportunity for our marine biologist instructors to connect virtually with students across the world.  MarineLab's mission is "to use education and adventure in the Florida Keys ecosystem to foster environmental awareness and stewardship on a local, regional, and global scale."


Programs by MarineLab

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Adaptation Station: Mangrove Invertebrates

Students will learn about adaptation by observing live organisms that inhabit the mangrove habitat, identifying structures and behaviors of these organisms, and explaining possible benefits of these observations in terms of survival.  Time...


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Virtual Snorkel: Coral Reef Ecology

During a guided reef snorkel, students will not only get to see a piece of the reef here in the Florida Keys, but will learn the names of some fish, understand why coral is important, practice ID skills and play a game along the way.  Let’s go...


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Type of Organization

Science Center/Zoo


Anne Hill
51 Shoreland Dr
Key Largo FL 33037
United States

Primary Disciplines

The programs of MarineLab cover: