Reef Discovery Center

 

Our Mission
Our overarching mission is to inspire the public to get involved, become ocean stewards, and to instill pride in the natural wonder that is Florida’s coral reef tract.

Through our onshore and offshore coral nurseries, our mission is also to expand the regional capacity for coral husbandry and reef restoration.

Photos courtesy of Randy Veliky
Volunteers
93
Supporters
375
Coral Capacity
360
Ongoing Projects
11

 

About Us
The Reef Discovery Center will educate the public about Florida’s reefs using cutting-edge technology, while also serving as a highly regarded facility for nurturing corals removed from the ocean due to threats. We will help these salvaged corals survive and grow, and we’ll then return them to the ocean to replenish the reefs.

Finally, we will host, and fund, research focused on coral health and reef restoration. The Reef Discovery Center will be the only facility in Broward County with these three core ambitions: public education, reef restoration, and marine research.

 

Visitor Experience
We aim to astonish visitors with immersive educational experiences that inspire passion to help our coral reefs recover.
We believe that the traditional approaches used in exhibit spaces to motivate visitors have become dated, and that a facility that truly aspires to educate and inform the public should take advantage of the innovative technologies that have recently emerged.
In addition, we believe that public engagement should happen not just through exciting exhibits, but also through hands-on activities that contribute to the restoration of our reefs. Reef Discovery Center volunteers will have the opportunity to care for corals in our state-of-the-art facility and to participate in marine research that advances reef restoration practices.

The Reef Discovery Center is located close to an ocean access park. Through snorkel and diving tours offered by our education partners, visitors will have the opportunity to explore the nearby reefs, up close and personal. Visitors can thus amplify and enrich their Reef Discovery Center experience without even leaving the neighborhood.

Help Us Protect Florida’s Coral Reefs
Join us on our purpose to save a national and global natural treasure!
Our Course of Action
Conservation
Protection
Research
Propagation
Restoration

 

What do we do?
Vanguard Center for Coral Reef Education.
Coral Husbandry.
Marine research, focusing on Florida stony corals.
Public facility that complements existing coral programs and activities.
Facilitate space for Florida native corals needing expert land-based nurseries.

 

Affiliates and Partners
Testimonials
What People Say
Let's team up to save the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world!
Our coral reef tract stretches from Martin County through the bottom of the Florida Keys.
Learn more ways to help.

 

Get In Touch With Us
For more information and to learn how you or your organization can help support the new REEF DISCOVERY CENTER during our start-up phase, please contact:

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