The growth and popularity of the Florida National High Adventure Sea Base and the Out Island Adventure on Big Munson Island eventually led to the donation of a permanent base of operation, the Brinton Environmental Center. Named for the project’s benefactor, J. Porter Brinton, the 6-acre property, dedicated on May 5, 2001, stands on the west side of Summerland Key at mile marker 23.8. Our facility officially opened its doors on June 1, 2001.
The Brinton Environmental Center is home to the Out Island Adventure, Keys Adventure, Florida Fishing Adventure and Marine STEM Adventure. This facility also works closely with Camp Jackson Sawyer, the local area council camp, hosting the Order of the Arrow Ocean Adventure and the Key West Sailing Adventure. Most recently, a land-based coral nursery has been built at the Brinton Environmental Center to expand coral restoration efforts by Mote Marine Laboratory through scouting within the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.
The Brinton Environmental Center, located 125 miles south of Miami, hosts over 4,500 participants each year. Brinton Environmental Center participants have opportunities to sail, snorkel, fish, kayak and explore our pristine coral reefs of the beautiful Florida Keys.