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The Keys Marine Laboratory is a full-service marine field station situated in the heart of the Florida Keys island chain at mile marker 68.5. The facility offers a unique opportunity for college level education and researchers studying the only tropical marine ecosystems in the continental United States. An ideal location with easy access to Florida Bay, the Everglades National Park, the Florida Current, and the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, KML offers an excellent base of operations for your next field excursion.
**Vision Statement** The Keys Marine Laboratory will develop the marine scientists of tomorrow based on a foundation of field science recognized for excellence in the state of Florida, the region, the U.S. and world-wide.
**Mission Statement** To develop the marine scientists of tomorrow, the KML mission is to provide students an on-site field research experience with complementary classroom instruction and laboratory experiences. KML will provide state-of-the-art infrastructure including housing, laboratories, classrooms and vessels. On-site science and administrative staff will provide the support needed to conduct research and classes in a safe environment. On-site faculty will mentor students in an environment that encourages collegiality between on-site staff, visiting and on-site faculty and scientists and students. An in-house research program will enhance the expertise of on-site and visiting scientists and students while providing information for the sustainable management of tropical and subtropical resources.