Almost two years after the initial concept for the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station (NCBS) was formed, faculty and residents alike were excited to cut the ribbon on the new facility located in downtown Cedar Key. Last Friday, a crowd of about 200 enjoyed addresses by NCBS Director Dr. Mike Allen, UF IFAS Senior VP Dr. Jack Payne, FWC North Central Region Director Chris Wynn, FDEP Director Noah Valenstine, Cedar Key Vice Mayor Sue Colson, and PhD student Hannah Brown. The message of the day was clear: the NCBS is a platform for UF IFAS researchers, extension faculty, and students to collaborate with community members, federal and state agencies, and other UF faculty to more effectively conduct the important work that has been underway in the Nature Coast for decades. The NCBS facility boasts a dock with deep water access, a conference room, offices, collaborative work space, double balconies, open air modular wet lab space, an aquarium and education center, and a third floor that will eventually be home to a classroom, labs, and more office space. We are excited that the NCBS is now open and look forward to fulfilling our collaborative mission.