MarineLab Programs & Prices

All MarineLab programs include snorkeling field trips to the seagrass, mangrove, and coral reef communities. The programs last anywhere from one to six days. Most programs are designed for groups, with a minimum of 9 students.

We have standard programs, advanced programs, and SCUBA programs. Some programs include opportunities to participate in research. We even have programs for homeschoolers! All prices include meals, accommodations, and snorkel gear unless otherwise noted, and are subject to change. Ground transfers to Miami or Ft Lauderdale airports, bed linens, and other options are available for an additional fee. See our reservations page for details.

Standard Programs

Rodriguez Key

Our most popular program is the three day, two night program. Other standard programs range from one to five days in length, and can be customized. Programs include meals at 8 AM, 12:30 PM, and 6:30 PM. $400 per student (2014) PDF

1 1 PM arrive, orientation, swim test, gear orientation
  3 PM Seagrass ecology Discussion
  4 PM Lagoon Snorkel
  7 PM LAB: Invertebrate diversity
  8 PM Coral Reef Ecology Discussion
2 9 AM Seagrass/Mangrove ecology field trip
  2 PM Coral Reef Field Trip #1
  7 PM Field Identification of Reef Fish
  8 PM LAB: Plankton Identification
3 9 AM Coral Reef Field Trip #2
  12 PM depart

Advanced Programs

AP students

Advanced program activities usually incorporate some type of research technique, such as using quadrats to do seagrass surveys. Programs include meals and accommodations, and itineraries start at 4 days and 3 nights.

MarineLab is actively seeking partnerships with researchers and organizations which include student participation in ongoing research. Call 800-741-1139 or email us at if you have questions about your students and marine research projects.

Programs with SCUBA


High school students who are already Open Water certified can participate in a MarineLab SCUBA program. The main difference between a SCUBA program and the standard program is that the reef trips are done on SCUBA, not snorkeling. Plus, a visit to Jules' Undersea Lodge and the MarineLab Undersea Laboratory is included for every diver!

Our advanced SCUBA program is the Reef Check EcoDiver certification. The program takes about 7 days and includes learning how to do surveys on the reef. Night dives are included in that program.

Students preparing for their seagrass survey using quadrats.