Station Renovation!

University of Florida purchased the Gulf Side Motel in July, 2015. The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) began renovations to fit the needs of the Nature Coast Biological Station. In 2016 the two story building was demolished and construction began to build a three story facility with a wet lab, aquarium and office space. The other side of the motel will be renovated to include dorms and a meeting area for researchers.

Continue the legacy of this station by donating today!


Before & After Photos:

NCBS Grand Opening Sept. 22nd, 2017


Community outreach event USCG

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

Aug 8, 2018

  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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open house

UF/IFAS NCBS First Annual Open House Event Approaches

Aug 7, 2018

  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

Apr 13, 2018

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

Feb 27, 2018

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

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Workout on the Waterfront

Cedar Key Workout on the Waterfront 2018

Jan 8, 2018

  What is the Workout on the Waterfront? Cedar Key’s Workout on the Waterfront (WoW) is an exciting day packed full of fun and active events, scheduled this year for February 24th, 2018. The WoW event aims to raise awareness about plastic pollution along our coasts. Proceeds from the 2018 races and silent auction will benefit […]

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NCBS Boat Parade

Cedar Key Boat Parade 2017

Jan 5, 2018

  Despite the cold weather in Cedar Key this December was as festive as any. The 2017 Boat Parade was cancelled, or should I say, “relocated” due to wind and freezing temperatures. So the competition was to be held on land. Many fled to the community center for warmth, chili, and a chance to see […]

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Our Extension Blog has moved!

Jan 5, 2018

Dear Inside Nature Coast readers – Thank you for your support of the blog and interest in natural resources in the Nature Coast! Our blog has moved to the IFAS Blogs platform – head on over to our new NCBS Extension blog to see the latest Nature Coast natural resource updates.

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48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival

Nov 7, 2017

    Had a great weekend at the Cedar Key Seafood Festival, with an NCBS float at the parade and an open house for the new NCBS facility. First photo has our research administrator, Bhawna Thapa, and her daughters Kripa and Kriti on the parade float.  The new lab was open for tours and we had […]

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Big Bend Shellfish Trail Opening Ceremony

Nov 7, 2017

    Mark your calendars for the official opening of the Big Bend Shellfish Trail and ribbon cutting ceremony! The ribbon cutting will be during the 48th Annual Cedar Key Seafood Festival, October 21, 2017 at 1:00 P.M., Cedar Key City Park Pavilion. The public is invited to participate in this historic event. Levy County […]

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Ribbon Cutting at the UF IFAS Nature Coast Biological Station

Sep 28, 2017

  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 […]

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NCBS Intern Report – Working Hard or Hardly Working?

Aug 10, 2017

By: Trisha Phy, 2017 Intern with UF/IFAS NCBS and the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Is it really considered work when you love what you do? I had the opportunity to study the interactions between swimmers and Florida manatees this past winter in the Three Sisters Springs unit of Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). My […]

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Grasses in Classes Kicks off in Hernando County

Aug 2, 2017

Grasses in Classes This school year at the Gulf Coast Middle School, students in Shawn Walker’s science class will have a very important responsibility. They will be raising marsh grasses in a brand new nursery built at the school by Hernando Master Gardeners, UF IFAS Extension, and GCMS teachers as part of the Grasses in […]

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