"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."

Welcome to MDC!

MDC offers Dolphin Tours, education programs, camps and so much more.

Dolphin Discovery Tours

New Smyrna Boat Tour
Guided by Certified Florida Coastal Naturalists, these 2-hour tours give an intimate look at the Indian River Lagoon’s population of bottlenose dolphin, bird rookeries, mangrove islands and much more.
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The Marine Discovery Center offers a variety of “hands-on and feet-wet” adventure camps for children 4-16 years old. Our camps are offered throughout the year during school holidays, breaks and of course during the summer!
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The Indian River Lagoon is one of the great estuarine ecosystems in North America. 156 miles along Florida’s east coast from Ponce Inlet to Jupiter Inlet, & is composed of three inter-connected estuaries. Learn more about this diverse estuary at MDC!
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Shoreline Restoration

new smryna beach education
The 5.2 acre marsh is already attracting fish and waterfowl, and volunteers have planted a staggering 25,000 plants to date. All the plants are native species that are drought-tolerant and found in salt marsh ecosystems. Some of the plants will be harvested in the coming years to use for restoration projects in the area.
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