Community Access Program
Our museum was founded in 1949 with the aim of enhancing educational offerings to school children in the community. Since that time, Frost Science has expanded in scope to match the growth and transformation of Miami into a world class city, culminating in the recent opening of our new building in downtown Miami. Broadening access to the museum has always been a cornerstone of our mission. For decades, through the support of generous donors, the museum has been able to ensure that our community as a whole is able to benefit from this valuable educational resource. Our donor-supported Community Access Program underwrites the cost of providing free admission to all Miami-Dade teachers, first responders and veterans, as well as thousands of Miami-Dade students attending Title 1 schools.
Museum Volunteers for the Environment (MUVE)
MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment) is Frost Science’s volunteer-based habitat restoration project, based on the principle of learning through action. MUVE engages volunteers of all ages throughout our community in the restoration of coastal habitat, contributing to the health and resilience of our natural environment while increasing interest and knowledge about the underlying science. Since 2007 MUVE has engaged over 8,000 volunteers in restoring 25 acres of coastal habitat. Our citizen science platform engages volunteers in determining the success and impact of our restoration activities by monitoring the return and success of native plant and animal species. Restoration of Miami’s coastal habitats helps protect our communities from the effects of sea level rise and storm surge while creating habitats for many threatened species. Donations support the cost of trees, tools and other supplies needed for our ongoing restoration events.
IMPACT (Integrated Marine Program and College Training)
IMPACT (Integrated Marine Program and College Training), a part of the national Upward Bound program, focuses on low-income, first-generation college-bound youth, providing them with the science enrichment, technology training, research experiences, mentoring and other support they need in order to pursue challenging STEM courses and advance into college. Since 2000, IMPACT has sent 96% of its participants on to postsecondary education, with 64% declaring a STEM major or minor. The program has earned two Presidential Awards for excellence, reflecting the profound impact this transformative experience has had on the lives of participating students.
Environmental Conservation and Rehabilitation
Understanding and protecting our natural environment here in South Florida is among the most important work we do here at Frost Science. Our community is surrounded by some of the most spectacular habitats in the world—from the freshwater Everglades and the mangrove forests that line our coasts, to the live coral reefs and Gulf Stream current just off our shore. These habitats bring beauty and enjoyment to our lives, drive our economy and help protect us from storms. The Aquarium at Frost Science presents the wonders of these habitats for all to see, inspiring wonder and deepening appreciation of our natural environment, and the ways our own lives are connected to it. The Frost Science husbandry staff provides the very best care for our animals, while gathering information and insights that help protect these populations better in the wild. In the past few months our Marine Exotic Species Response Team has collected 2 non-native fish illegally dumped in South Florida. An Orangespine Unicornfish collected from Key Largo and a Picasso Triggerfish was collected in Fort Lauderdale. Both of these species are popular home aquarium fish illegally released into our South Florida habitats. Our husbandry staff removed these fish in efforts to stop the spread of future invasive species such as the lionfish, which also originated as released home aquarium fish. The key to this program is early detection and reporting followed by rapid response, which Frost Science is able to provide.
Education at Frost Science
From programs focused on sparking curiosity in early learners to encouraging underrepresented youth to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), Frost Science is dedicated to providing a high-quality, inclusive educational environment that fosters life-long learning. To welcome and meet the needs of the diverse community in which we serve, Frost Science strives to offer access to exciting learning opportunities including, exhibitions, field trips, special events, camps and other programs regardless of a learner’s age, background or ability.