Welcome to MarineQuest, the annual open house of the FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. For over 25 years, MarineQuest has welcomed thousands of people through our doors to learn more about Florida’s fish, wildlife, and their habitats, and the cutting-edge research that Institute scientists are leading all around the state. MarineQuest is our chance to share our research with you – our passion, focus, and dedication to our mission to conduct collaborative research and monitoring to provide timely information and guidance to protect, conserve, and manage Florida’s fish and wildlife resources.
We are happy to announce that our next MarineQuest event will be held in-person on Saturday, February 18, 2023. MarineQuest School Daze 2023 will be held on Thursday, February 16 and Friday, February 17. Additional information is below.
Saturday, February 18, 2023
10 am - 4 pm
From touch tanks with live critters to activities for kids and demonstrations, there is something for everyone! Speak with some of Florida's top researchers, hang with sharks and rays, and learn about manatees, birds, coral, red tide and more!
Thursday, February 16, 2023 and
Friday, February 17, 2023
Registration now open
Voyage into science at MarineQuest School Daze. This fun, free, hands-on field trip provides students with an opportunity to become a scientist for the day as they learn about the exciting world of fish and wildlife research in Florida. Open to students in grades 4 through 8 by registration only.
FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
100 8th Avenue SE | St. Petersburg, FL 33701
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Event parking is downtown at the SouthCore parking garage, located at 101 1st Avenue South. A free shuttle will transport visitors to the event entrance.
There will be a limited number of handicap parking spaces available near the event entrance, on 1st Street South between 6th Avenue South and 8th Avenue South.
View photos from past MarineQuest events in our Album Collection on Flickr.
Watch our Overview Video to learn more about what you can see and do at MarineQuest.
MarineQuest is held in conjunction with the St. Petersburg Science Festival.
This event was designed to provide equal opportunity for enjoyment by all participants. If you would like to request any particular aids or services pursuant to disability laws, please contact the event planner at (727) 896-8626 or City of St Petersburg Community Affairs Division at (727) 893-7345 or (727) 892-5259 TDD/TTY