Featured Creature

The five-toothed sea cucumber (Actinopyga agassizi) is a lesser known species of invertebrate that belongs to the phylum Echinodermata, which includes sea stars and sea urchins. As with all echinoderms, sea cucumbers move along the ocean floor using t... Read More

Sombrero Reef

Sombrero Reef is located five nautical miles south of Pigeon Key and can be easily identified by the 142 foot iron lighthouse that marks the reef itself. The Sombrero Reef lighthouse was built by General George Meade in 1858 and was the tallest iron s... Read More

Meet our 2017 Education Interns

The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center would like to introduce our newest staff members that have joined our team for the 2017 Education Season! These three interns will assist in teaching our school group... Read More

2017 Art Festival!

It's that time of the year when our annual Pigeon Key Art Festival rolls into town! This year The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center will be hosting its 23rd annual Art Festival right here in Marathon, Florida. Running from Saturday, Febr... Read More

Become a Member Today!

The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center is excited to announce the launching of our yearly membership with new levels to choose from! By becoming a member of The Pigeon Key Foundation, you can choose your donation level and obtain the bene... Read More

Fall 2016 Updates and More!

The weather may be cooling down on Pigeon Key, but we are enjoying our fall that has been filled with education groups, outreach events and more. We have an average daily temperature of 75-80 degrees and water temperatures averaging around 75 degrees!... Read More

Captain’s Licenses!

The full time staff of The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center are getting their OUPV Captain’s licenses! OUPV stands for “Operator of Uninspected Passenger Vessels”. This license allows the Captain to operate a vessel up to 100 gros... Read More

Shark Tagging!

Pigeon Key has a lot of wildlife that surround our tiny island! Whether it be migratory fowl or the countless species of fish that live under our dock, there is always something to marvel at. The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center’s Con... Read More

Marine Protected Areas

Marine protected areas, also known as MPAs, set aside designated marine environments to conserve critical habitats like coral reefs! Every Education groups that stays at the Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center visits Sombrero Key Reef; ... Read More

World Oceans Day 2016

“Even if you never have the chance to see or touch the ocean, the ocean touches you with every breath you take, every drop of water you drink, every bite you consume. Everyone, everywhere is inextricably connected to and utterly dependent upon the e... Read More