Conclude your weekend with a self-guided tour of conservation actions in the Upper Florida Keys. On the morning of Sunday, October 17, REEF Fest attendees may choose to visit our partner organizations to learn about the many ways our community works to conserve and protect our local flora and fauna. Start your morning with a guided walking tour of a local trail at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park led by a volunteer naturalist, then take a scenic drive down U.S. 1 to visit our partner organizations listed below.
REEF Fest Conservation Activities
Address: 102601 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL 33037
Hours: Walking trail tour time TBA; park is open 8am to sunset.
Established in 1963, John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park was the first undersea park in the United States. The park, and the adjacent Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, cover approximately 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangrove swamps. These areas were established to protect and preserve a portion of the only living coral reef in the continental United States. The park contains a wide variety of tropical vegetation, shore birds and marine life. Learn more about the tropical hammock habitat during a walking tour of one of the park's trails led by a local volunteer naturalist. Coffee, orange juice, and pastries will be served.
Address: 5 Seagate Blvd. Key Largo, FL 33037
Coral Restoration Foundation™ (CRF™) is a non-profit marine conservation organization dedicated to restoring reefs to a healthy state in Florida and globally. Through large-scale cultivation, outplanting and monitoring of genetically diverse corals, CRF™ works to support the reefs’ natural recovery processes. CRF engages and empowers others in their mission with dive programs, educational activities, scientific collaborations, and community outreach.
Address: 82990 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada, FL 33036
Hours: 10am - 5pm
Dive into the History of Diving Museum, located in Islamorada at MM 83! Divers and non-divers alike are amazed by over 4,000 years of “the quest to explore under the sea.” Enjoy fun for the whole family through special scavenger hunts and interactive exhibits. Check out the current featured exhibit, Diving In Pop Culture and see how diving has been incorporated into media over the years. Visit DivingMuseum.org to find out more, become a member or shop at the Museum Store.
Address: 93600 Overseas Hwy. Tavernier, FL 33070
Hours: Sunrise to sunset
The Laura Quinn Wild Bird Sanctuary serves as a humane, natural refuge for over 90 non-releasable birds, representing almost 40 different species. For visitors, the boardwalk offers an opportunity for a self-guided tour along our enclosures with educational signs, ending at the waters of Florida Bay.