The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary is one of 14 marine protected areas in the U.S. and we are lucky campers to be able to zip out to Looe Key and see sharks and eagle rays and Goliath Groupers and Midnight Parrot Fish, pillar corals, mountainous corals, and the list goes on! And “lucky campers” isn’t just a phrase. We camp in gender and age segregated 8-person tents at the Big Pine Key Fishing Lodge and Campground, and we study the reef and the Florida Keys habitat. It’s a hot, glorious week of learning, snorkeling with good friends and soon to be good friends, campfires and tent competitions. Please note that we are once again separating our Keys Coral Reef Week program into two age groups this year, and be sure to register for the appropriate session! July 6-11 (ages 11-12) This is our initial week of travel investigations to coral reef environments. We will focus on camping and outdoor skills, successful living away from home, techniques for the exploration of new surroundings, basic coral reef species identification, basic snorkeling skills, and simple laboratory investigations.