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Outreach to Schools

Our K-12 outreach programs feature the critical ecosystems of the Florida Keys, the FIU Medina Aquarius Program, and the marine science research that FIU is conducting. We strive to share our passion of ocean conservation and exploration with learners of all ages!

FIU educators and researchers can attend your school to teach about the underwater world. Our programs educate students on the topic at hand and correlate local FIU research to the subject.

Outreach topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Aquarius Undersea Laboratory
  • Tropical Marine Ecosystems
  • Marine Debris & its Impacts  
  • Sharks & Global Finprint
  • Climate Resilience

 If you are interested in more information on these outreach opportunities please contact our Education & Outreach Program Coordinator at

FIU’s Vision for Community Outreach

  • Development of relationships with local K-12 schools and program deployment in several schools
  • Development of plans for middle and high school students to be involved in monitoring programs
  • Planning for education grant funding (i.e. cooperative grants pursued in collaboration with schools in Monroe and Miami-Dade public schools, as well as cooperative grants with other departments and units within FIU, as well as with local environmental groups in the community)
  • FIU Public Seminar Series presenting research of faculty and students working in South Florida, specifically the Keys --- Ocean Life Lecture Series
  • Run project-based education programs for students in the schools of the Keys and throughout
  • Initiate citizen science programs
  • Expand grant funding for education programs involving research faculty and graduate students
  • Develop project-based lessons featuring FIU research and Aquarius that can be deployed in classrooms throughout the country and region
  • EcoAcademy Summer & Vacation Camps in newly envisioned ONMS – NPS – FIU Center
  • Public Eco-Tours involving research faculty, graduate students and local experts
  • Public Educational programs for youth
  • Public Workshops & Continuing Education Courses for Community
  • Internship opportunities for local high school students, FKCC students, FIU undergraduates and post-baccalaureates
  • Expand FIU Medina Aquarius Program Outreach and Engagement