About This Program

REEF is proud to introduce Citizen Science Saturday, a monthly program created to engage Florida Keys residents and visitors in diverse, hands-on citizen science projects while providing a way for the public to connect with nature. Each Citizen Science Saturday event features a presentation from a guest speaker. Following the presentation, participants can join a hands-on field experience to collect data as citizen scientists.

Citizen Science Saturday is open to all interested Florida Keys residents and visitors. The classroom lessons are free to attend. The hands-on water and land-based components of the program have varying costs associated with participation.

The goals of Citizen Science Saturday are to increase environmental awareness and stewardship, protect and study fragile Florida Keys habitats, and foster a sense of community. Each month, REEF will collaborate with a different non-profit organization, recreational outfitter, or government agency to offer a wide variety of citizen science projects, either in the water and on land. By working with a new partner each month, REEF will give community members the chance to learn about and assist a variety of organizations in collecting information to assess the health of marine and land habitats of the Keys.

How to Get Involved

To register for an upcoming Citizen Science Saturday program and see other events happening at REEF, visit www.REEF.org/events.

Click here to join our e-mail list. You will receive a monthly newsletter about this and other REEF events in the area!

Citizen Science Saturday Programs

  • July 2019 - Fish Identification and REEF's Volunteer Fish Survey Project in honor of the Great Annual Fish Count
  • June 2019 - Seagrass Monitoring, organized in partnership with MarineLab Environmental Education Center
  • May 2019 - Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease, organized in partnership with University of Florida IFAS Extension and Florida Sea Grant
  • February 2019 - Submerged Heritage Monitoring Scouts, organized in partnership with Florida Public Archaeology Network

Partner With Us!

We are looking for partners for upcoming programs! Organizations interested in partnering with REEF to conduct a Citizen Science Saturday program should contact Brittany Parker, REEF Education and Operations Program Manager by emailing brittany@REEF.org.