Discovery Center


Discovery Center features Research Updates, Touch Tanks, Fish and Turtle Tanks, Shellfish Aquaculture Display, Suwannee River Watershed Display, etc. @ 552 1st Street Cedar Key FL


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Shine on Cedar Key! Relight the Light Station July 5th, 2019

By Emily Colson | Jun 3, 2019 | 0 Comments

Join the crowd in downtown Cedar Key for the lighting of the Cedar Key Light Station on July 5, 2019! This historical landmark will come back to life with the help of a new replica lens from the Florida Division of Historical Resources.  The Cedar Key Light Station was built in 1854 and had a working […]

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FWC Commission Meeting & UF/IFAS Poster Social

By Emily Colson | Feb 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

MyFWC held their Commission meeting in Gainesville yesterday. UF/IFAS also held a poster social afterwards to highlight collaboration between each department and FWC. There were as many as 20 posters from UF/IFAS  Wildlife Graduate Students Association (UF-WEC), UF / IFAS School of Forest Resources & Conservation – sfrc and the UF IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants. Take […]

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Marine Mammal Stranding and Bird Rescue Workshops Feb. 1st

By Emily Colson | Jan 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

  UF/IFAS is hosting two free training workshops on Feb 1st in Cedar Key for people interested learning more about appropriate responses to stranded marine mammals or injured seabirds. Attendees can find out more information about joining the marine mammal stranding network or the Cedar Key Bird Rescue programs as volunteers. Attendees are not required […]

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University of Florida’s effort to restore Cedar Key oysters

By Emily Colson | Dec 11, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Money for $6.8 million environmental project came from BP oil spill settlement CEDAR KEY — Here, on a barge a little more than a mile off of Shell Mound Campground, about 60 scientists, conservation officials, builders and oystermen gathered to celebrate a collaborative effort. They came by airboat and skiffs to witness the restoration […]

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Hurricane Michael, Seahorse Key Lighthouse Renovation, and Aquarium Updates

By Emily Colson | Oct 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

  From Director Mike Allen – We were very fortunate at NCBS to have minimal damage from Hurricane Michael. The NCBS site had about 2-3 feet of water, but our team had moved everything upstairs and we sustained no lasting damage. Our hearts go out to our colleagues in the Florida Panhandle, and we wish them the […]

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Nature Coast Biological Station Annual Open House Sept. 22nd

By Emily Colson | Sep 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

  By Jeff M. Hardison © Sept. 23, 2018 at 9:08 a.m. CEDAR KEY – The University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’ crown jewel of freshwater, saltwater and estuarian research conducted its first annual open house event Saturday (Sept. 22), giving the general public an opportunity to tour the facility and learn […]

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UF IFAS NCBS and US Coast Guard Auxiliary to Protect the Marine Environment on August 11th

By Emily Colson | Aug 8, 2018 | 0 Comments

  The UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station and the US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 15-2 (USCG Auxiliary District 7) will be teaming up in Cedar Key on August 11 from 9:00AM-12:00PM at the city Marina for a marine environmental protection outreach. During this event we will discuss and present topics and issues regarding our […]

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UF/IFAS NCBS First Annual Open House Event Approaches

By Emily Colson | Aug 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

  Sept. 22nd, 10:00AM – 3:00PM   It’s official, Cedar Key has been the new home of the UF/IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station for an entire year!   You’re Invited to Come Celebrate! To commemorate this milestone, we will be hosting an event that includes: Touch Tanks, Interactive Displays Research Updates from UF Faculty, Staff, […]

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NCBS to Host “Smog of the Sea” Film Screening

By Emily Colson | Apr 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

FILMMAKER IAN CHENEY & MUSICIAN JACK JOHNSON RELEASE NEW FILM, THE SMOG OF THE SEA ALONG WITH MARINE SCIENTIST MARCUS ERIKSEN OF 5 GYRES (2017 – Oahu, Hawaii) The Smog of the Sea chronicles a 1-week journey through the remote waters of the Sargasso Sea. Marine scientist Marcus Eriksen invited onboard an unusual crew to […]

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The runners line up for the 5K Race.

5K Race Results

By Emily Colson | Feb 27, 2018 | 0 Comments

Thanks everyone for an awesome WoW event yesterday! For any runners, you can access your results at the site below.

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