Reserve the Seahorse Key Marine Lab

Seahorse Key Marine Lab

In 1952, the University of Florida established its marine laboratory on Seahorse Key, part of the Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge. Ever since, the island's flora, fauna, history, and unique geographic structure have provided outstanding teaching and research opportunities for students, faculty, and the local community.

About the Service

Seahorse Key Marine Lab is used by a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses at UF, Santa Fe College, and other visiting institutions. We offer day trips as well as overnight stays by request.

Overnight Trips

The historic lighthouse is used as a dormitory and accommodates 26 people in 6 bedrooms. Bedrooms contain bunk beds with mattresses.


  • One kitchen with a gas stove
  • Two refrigerators and freezers
  • Sinks, pots, pans, cutlery, china, hot water, tables, chairs and storage
  • Two full bathrooms with hot water showers
  • All rooms have electric outlets, lights and fans
  • Limited heat and no air-conditioning

Day Trips

Internal and external groups can visit Seahorse Key Marine Lab for a day trip to run field activities or outdoor class experiences.

If you would like a captained day trip without use of SKML, please fill out the request below and let us know the area of interest in the comment box at the end of the form.


  • Round trip transportation to Seahorse Key Marine Lab
  • Use of Lab and observation tables
  • Access to Wifi
  • Restroom


To request a reservation choose an available arrival date and time slot from the calendar and fill in the form below.

Please note that submitting this form does not guarantee your reservation, it is a request for a time slot - we will get back to you within two business days to confirm your reservation or work with you to find another time that works. At that time we may also ask for more information to complete your booking.

We look forward to seeing you!
Please select an available date from the calendar. Once a date is selected, use the field at the bottom of the calendar to select an ARRIVAL TIME SLOT for your visit. Then use the additional information field in the form below to indicate your DEPARTURE TIME.
Request a Reservation
Will this be an overnight stay? *
Preferred Time of Return
Contact Info
First Name*
Last Name*
Work Phone Number*
Cell Phone Number*
Contact Email*
Payment/Billing Department Contact*
Please provide the email address of your fiscal contact for invoicing purposes.
Group/Department/Course Name:*
University of Florida (UF) courses taught at SKML will not be charged (must include course #, applicable to "Day Trips" only). All other UF groups will be charged the internal rate.
Charfield/Project #*
School/Course/Grade/Group Name*
Tax Exempt confirmation*
Maximum file size: 2 MB
The SKML experience is only available for tax exempt groups. Please provide your tax exemption form in order to request a trip.
Full trip itinerary*
Maximum file size: 2 MB
Expected Number of Attendees (26 Maximum)*
Expected Number of Attendees (30 Maximum Including Teachers and Staff)*
Please include additional information about your trip (multiple days, field activities, non - SKML Captained trips, etc).
Billing Address
Payment Type*
Street Address*
Street Address Line 2
Zip Code*
Cancelation Agreement
Please carefully read the following:*
Requested dates may not be available. Jan-May and Sept-Nov are our busiest times. Please keep that in consideration when planning your trip, and schedule as early as possible. CANCELLATION POLICY: We require a 48-hour notice for cancellation of an overnight trip, and a 24-hour notice for cancellation for day trips. REMINDER: All trips are subject to the weather.

Other Required Forms

  • One per trip
  • List all attendees on the day of the trip
  • Provide to Captain on day of trip
  • One per attendee (including teacher/chaperone)
  • Provide in advance, or on the day of the trip