Reef Discovery Center


Florida’s coral reefs have sustained extensive damage due to disease, pollution, ocean warming, and other environmental stressors. Numerous local and national organizations are working diligently to address these problems and to restore our reefs to their former glory. It takes an enduring collaboration between dedicated scientists, environmentalists, government agencies, and the general public to mitigate these threats. The Reef Discovery Center, a 501c3 nonprofit, has enthusiastically joined this effort.


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Our overarching goal 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.


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.


Meet Our Team
Interesting Fact
Did you know?

That’s a parrotfish ready to take a bite of algae growing on dead coral. Parrotfish teeth are incredibly strong. The dead coral that this “excavator” bites off with the algae gets ground up by a second set of teeth in the fish’s throat and is pooped out as sand!

Parrotfish are great at keeping the ocean floor clean of algae, so that corals can grow. However, it’s recently been discovered that they can be a problem when scientists attempt to restore reefs by putting laboratory-raised corals into the ocean.