Treasures of NOAA's Ark comes to the Florida Keys

noaa's ark exhibit displays

noaa's ark exhibit case close up

noaa's ark exhibit case close up

Treasures of NOAA's Ark, on display through February 2019 at the Florida Keys History & Discovery Center in Islamorada, FL, explores the history of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and how the agency, part of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has impacted people across the nation and world. As the organization has evolved and grown over the years, NOAA has become an international leader on scientific and environmental issues.

The Florida Keys History & Discovery Center, 82100 Overseas Highway (The Islander Resort), Islamorada, Florida, is open Thursday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors. Children 13 and under are free.

The roots of NOAA date back to 1807 during Thomas Jefferson's presidency when the country's first scientific agency was established (originally called the Survey of the Coast) to map the nation's coastline and produce nautical charts to keep mariners safe. Since its inception, the organization has been dedicated to coastal navigation and surveying, studying, and analyzing fisheries, maritime heritage, weather, environmental science and hurricanes. Today, NOAA's mission is to understand and predict changes in climate, weather, oceans and coasts; to share that knowledge and information with others; and to conserve and manage coastal and marine ecosystems and resources.

In the spirit of sharing this knowledge and information, Treasures of NOAA's Ark features artifacts like 18th-century maps and early scientific instruments. The exhibition highlights NOAA's legacy of science, service, and stewardship and explores how we are all connected to the environment.

Kickoff Event
April 18, 2018, 5-8 p.m.
Florida Keys History & Discovery Center
82100 Overseas Highway (The Islander Resort)
Islamorada, Florida

Sarah Fangman, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Superintendent

Keynote Address
"History of the Coast Survey in the Florida Keys during the 1800s," James Tilghman, Historian

Exhibits and Experts:

NOAA and the Weather – Chip Kasper, NOAA National Weather Service Key West

Coral Spawning – Lauri MacLaughlin, NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

Concrete to Coral: How Scientists Repair and Rebuild Reefs – William Goodwin, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary        

NOAA Ships and Science – LTJG John Katchenago, NOAA Corps

Mooring Buoys and Resource Protection – Hank Becker, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary          

Shipwrecks in the Sanctuary – Brenda Altmeier, NOAA Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Maritime Heritage Coordinator

Historic Preservation: A Partner Perspective – Sara Ayers-Rigsby, Florida Public Archaeology Network


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