REEF Ocean Explorers Education Programs inspire people to make a difference and protect the oceans. We teach learners of all ages about marine biology, ecology, citizen science, and invasive species. To connect even more people with ocean conservation, REEF has partnered with several arts and humanities organizations to create programs and events that highlight connections between science and the arts. By incorporating arts and humanities into REEF education programs, participants will learn about how the ocean is linked to our culture and lives, and build a stronger connection to the environment. Not only does using art make complex scientific concepts more accessible and understandable, artistic expression also boosts creativity. Meanwhile, science and conservation can inspire people to create art in new ways and view the world differently. Merging arts and science provides opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and skills to help make a difference and builds a more inclusive marine conservation community.

We are preparing to host our second annual REEF Arts & Science Festival at the REEF Campus on Saturday, April 27! We're excited to have Florida Keys nonprofits, environmental organizations, and artisanal vendors join us for a fun event that includes interactive booths, crafts, science demos and activities, and take-home art kits. More than 200 people attended our inaugural Arts & Science Festival last year and we hope to increase that number this year. All are invited to attend this family-friendly event. If you are in the Florida Keys, be sure to stop by the REEF Campus on April 27 from 10am-3pm. Click here for more information about the REEF Arts & Science Festival.