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Florida Keys & Me takes participants into Florida Keys habitats to become part of citizen science while fostering a connection with the natural world.

Get empowered to make a difference in local environments, and learn scientific methods and techniques for working in the field.

Choose from three adventures:

Hardwood Hammocks
Join us for a virtual walk through a hardwood hammock. Help identify native plant species, remove invasive species and create a species list for the hammock.

Mangroves and Marine
Venture through a mangrove habitat and learn how marine debris is studied by FIU students. Categorize debris found to be added to the NOAA Marine Debris Tracker application.

Debris and Seagrass
Learn how to conduct a seagrass survey by participating in a live study - virtually. Fill out your own data sheets using identification guides to pinpoint species.

Reserve This Program

Offered virtually via Zoom or in person at your site, each field trip accommodates up to 30 individuals. Virtual group field trips run 120 minutes. Experiences are primarily offered during core hours of 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Requests for alternate days or times will be considered.

Note: Due to COVID-19 pandemic, in-person offerings are suspended until further notice. For updated information on how FIU is responding to the pandemic, please visit FIU’s coronavirus page.

Virtual

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  • Offered Monday–Friday*
  • Hosted on Zoom; requires a strong internet connection
  • $365 per field trip

In Person

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  • Primarily offered on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays*
  • Hosted at a field location in the Florida Keys
  • $12 per participant

K-12 Florida Education Standards

  • 5th Grade

    Big Idea 1 - SC.5.N.1: The Practice of Science

    Big Idea 2 - SC.5.N.2: The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

    Big Idea 15 - SC.5.L.15: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms

    Big Idea 17 - SC.5.L.17: Interdependence

  • 6th-8th Grade

    Big Idea 1 - SC.6.N.1 (SC.7.N.1, SC.8.N.1): The Practice of Science

    Big Idea 2 - SC.6.N.2 (SC.7.N.2, SC.8.N.2): The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

    Big Idea 4 - SC.8.N.4: Science and Society

    Big Idea 15 - SC.6.L.15: Diversity and Evolution of Living Organisms

  • 9th-12th Grade

    Big Idea 1 - SC.912.N.1: The Practice of Science

    Big Idea 2 - SC.912.N.2: The Characteristics of Scientific Knowledge

    Big Idea 3 - SC.912.N.3: The Role of Theories, Laws, Hypotheses, and Models

    Big Idea 4 - SC.912.N.4: Science and Society