Reef Environmental Education Foundation (REEF), a nonprofit organization dedicated to marine conservation and education, is building a new $5 million Marine Conservation Center in Key Largo. This project represents a milestone in REEF’s commitment to protecting oceans worldwide.
The 4,000 square-foot Marine Conservation Center will be located at the existing REEF campus in the median near MM 98. It will serve as a gateway to the Florida Keys and a hub for REEF’s conservation efforts, bringing together researchers, educators, volunteers and marine enthusiasts.
The center will facilitate a range of activities aimed at protecting and promoting the health of ocean life and habitats, both in the Florida Keys and worldwide. It will include a visitor center, a classroom, large presentation space, museum exhibits, interpretive signs, interactive displays, media and public green space.
“We are incredibly excited to share our vision for the new REEF Marine Conservation Center in Key Largo,” said Martha Klitzkie, REEF co-executive director. “The center represents REEF’s longstanding commitment to advance ocean conservation on a global scale. It will connect people to the oceans through science, history, conservation, and the arts, equipping them with tools and knowledge to become empowered ocean stewards.”
Construction for the REEF Marine Conservation Center is underway, with an anticipated opening in 2025. Admission to the center will be free. REEF invites all supporters of marine conservation to join in this journey toward a healthier and more vibrant ocean ecosystem.More information is at reef.org/mccproject. Those interested in supporting this project or learning how to become involved may contact [email protected].