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

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Activities vary by
camp, but may include island
& lab studies, arts & crafts,
kayaking, fishing, surfing,
snorkeling, SCUBA diving,
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Each year we provide camp and field trip scholarships for individuals and K-12 schools that could not otherwise afford to attend. …
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The Florida Master Naturalist Program

Begins Friday, October 10

Coastal Systems Module: Through classroom, field trip, and practical experience, this 6-day module provides instruction on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida.

Click here to register and for more details.


Want to help keep our Indian River Lagoon beautiful?2010-12-31 23.00.00-145

Join your friends and neighbors at the Marine Discovery Center to create oyster bags using recycled oyster shells.

These bags will be used to stabilize MDC’s shoreline as our salt marsh restoration project progresses. They also form the foundation for new oyster beds in the lagoon, providing homes for many animals.

Come help us recycle these shells back into the natural environment. No experience necessary.

On Saturday, August 16, from 9 a.m. – 1.p.m.  at the Marine Discovery Center, volunteers will be making oyster bags for lagoon restoration.

Thanks for your support in this exciting community effort!

Contact:  lisa@marinediscoverycenter.org


 Dolphin Tours,  Kayaking & More

Dolphin Discovery Tour – Guided by Certified Florida Master Naturalists, this 2-hour tour gives aquatic adventurers an intimate look at the Indian River Lagoon’s population of bottlenose dolphin and much more. (click for more info …)

Sunset Cruise – Watch the sun set slowly over the water, while relaxing to island-style music. Celebrate the end of another perfect day on the Indian River Lagoon and enjoy its twilight inhabitants. (click for more info …)

Kayak Tour – Paddle the backwaters of the Indian River Lagoon, led by a Florida Master Naturalist guide. Enjoy the solitude and beauty of one of Florida’s greatest natural treasures.  (click for more info …)

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