2018 Pigeon Key Art Festival Weekend

We wanted to thank all of the artists, vendors, and visitors and volunteers who attended the 24th annual Pigeon Key Art Festival this past weekend! We kicked off Friday night with a live auction and then Howard Livingston and the Mile Marker 24 band p... Read More

Summer Camp is Open!

The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center is thrilled to announce 2018 Summer Camp Registration is open! We are hosting four weeks of summer camp this year; July 9-13 (Day Camp Only), July 16-20 (Day and Overnight Camp), July 23-27 (Overnig... Read More

Buddy The Island Cat

Buddy, the island cat, has been residing on Pigeon Key for over ten years. There have been many tales about why she ended up being left on Pigeon Key, but we do know that she was once the cat of a former employee. Buddy has become a staple to our isla... Read More

We Are Open!

The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center is excited to announce that the island is open to the public and our daily historical tours are back in full swing! In August, we relocated our Gift Shop to 2010 Overseas Highway right in between the... Read More

Post Hurricane Updates

The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center would like to first and foremost thank all of you who reached out to us during and after Hurricane Irma. We have sustained damage to our facility, but luckily our "core" buildings were still intact a... Read More

We Moved Our Gift Shop!

The Pigeon Key Foundation and Marine Science Center gift shop moved locations in the town of Marathon this August. Our new shop is located at 2010 Overseas Highway right in between the Hyatt Place and Marriott hotels and is open from 10am-4pm each day... Read More

Pigeon Key History: The Kyle Family

Throughout the years, a variety of people have called Pigeon Key home. First, it was home to around four hundred men who worked to build Henry Flagler’s railway extension to Key West. When the railway was completed, it then became the home of bridge... Read More

Sea Turtle Nesting Awareness

Floridian waters house five out of the seven sea turtle species; though we only commonly encounter three species that will nest on Florida beaches. Nesting season in the Florida Keys runs from April 15th to October 31st and many organizations unite an... Read More

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