Day & Overnight Marine Science Field Trips

Nestled in the heart of the Florida Keys, and accessible by ferry boat, The Pigeon Key Foundation operates a Marine Science Center (PKFMSC) on its private five-acre island. The center gravitates towards hands-on learning, turning the island and surrounding ecosystem into the classroom.

Students are provided with a pivotal, one-of-a-kind experience that is invaluable to them the rest of their lives. PKFMSC only hosts one group at a time, allowing for an individualized experience targeted at your specific curriculum requirements.

For over 20 years, PKFMSC has provided private, customized programs to more than 30,000 participants from more than 1,000 schools throughout the United States. Programs are tailored for all ages—elementary school to post graduate—and are designed and endorsed by some of the most respected marine scientists in the United States.

Education Programs

PKFMSC offers a variety of marine programs, giving your students a solid and multi-faceted understanding of the marine world around them.  Our programs provide everyone with a unique learning experience, captivating not only the students but teachers as well! Each trip includes a snorkel adventure aboard a 35-foot catamaran to the third largest barrier coral reef system in the world, Sombrero Reef. Through creative programs and activities, all participants experience an environment that works for their individual learning styles making a stay on Pigeon Key a lifetime memory! Our most popular all inclusive 3 day, 2 night marine science field trips start at just $400 per person.

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Marine Science Programs

        Marine Habitats of the Florida Keys

Reef Fish Identification

Invertebrate Biodiversity and Touch Tank

Shark Biology and Dissection

Squid Anatomy and Dissection

Plankton Lab

Marine Adaptations

Marine Debris and Island Stewardship Project

And many others!

We also have a large field for activities, covered eating spaces, basketball court, volleyball net, and snorkeling gear (provided to student-groups only)



Off Island Excursions

We offer a range of off-island excursions to supplement the on-island learning experience. Excursions include mangrove kayaking around Boot Key, multiple snorkel destinations, local visits to the Turtle Hospital, Dolphin Research Center, Florida Keys Aquarium Encounters, and Bahia Honda State Park or Sombrero Beach Park where students do their part to clean up the beach before enjoying the natural area. Key West trips include Hemingway Home, Key West Aquarium, Shipwreck Museum, and Key West reef snorkel trips. Groups have the option of visiting one or all of these memorable locations.


The education staff at Pigeon Key Marine Science Center is certified to teach a variety of Boy Scout merit badges. Merit badges include camping, eco-explore or eco-action, oceanography, first aid, animals, water wonders and more. Please see the brochure below for a detailed list. Service projects can also be offered as part of your stay. The Pigeon Key staff is happy to work with Boy/Girl Scout troop leaders to create a trip that is truly unique.

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Island Accommodations 

Groups have the option of staying in our historic buildings or camping. Dorms include bunk style sleeping arrangements, bedding, full bathroom and shower facilities, and air conditioning.