Use of J.N. Roth Marine Station

Goshen College owns and operates the J.N. Roth Marine Biology station to provide high quality research and educational opportunities in marine science for students, teachers, and researchers.

With the long-term intention of contributing to the preservation and restoration of the ecological integrity of the Florida Keys, we welcome your group to make use of our facility.

For reservations, please download the forms below. Email the Reservation Request Form to:  Dr. Ryan Sensenig, Marine Biology Station Director –

Reservation & Facility Information

Reservation Request Form

Check Out Procedures


Frequently asked questions:

Who can use the facility?

As an educational  facility, the J.N. Roth Marine Biology Station is open for use by school groups – high school through graduate – or university researchers.

Is the facility available for Goshen College employees to use?

When available, the facility is available for Goshen College employees (and their families) at a reduced rate for rest and relaxation.  Contact Ryan Sensenig for more information.

How many persons can the facility accommodate?

A total of 24 persons can stay at the station.  Accommodations include two wings, each with a separate bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen.  A dining area and living room are common areas.

Where is the facility located?

Our station is in the City of Layton, located at Mile Marker 68.5 along the Overseas Highway on Long Key in Monroe County, Florida.

What equipment and lab space is available?

The station has its own private dock on Zane Grey Creek which allows access to the ocean.  Guests are welcome to use our two person kayak, collection buckets, and taxonomic keys located in the C. Franklin Bishop Laboratory beneath the living quarters.  There is ample bench space and tables/chairs for lectures and presentations.  We do not rent boats.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Ryan Sensenig
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Director, J.N. Roth Marine Biology Station