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

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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new smryna beach education
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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Check out MDC’s fall events!


MDC News:

Embry Riddle AFROTC helps restore lagoon - With a resounding victory for Amendment 1, Floridians across the state made it clear that they care about preserving the natural beauty of our  state. Along with voting, many citizens are also taking action in their local communities through programs like MDC’s Shuck and Share oyster recycling project. The turnout of volunteers at the most recent Shuck and Share....
LECTURE SERIES SEAHORSE - Seahorses reside in some of the most threatened marine habitats and millions are removed yearly for use in traditional medicines, aquariums and as dried trinkets. Come learn about the presence of seahorses in the Indian River Lagoon, what research is being done to help them and most importantly, what you can do to help them....
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at MDC - On behalf of the Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center, MDC would like to cordially invite each of you to the upcoming ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of the new salt marsh plant nursery, kayak launch, and shoreline education area. We’re excited to showcase the Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center’s next big step in....
Clean Up Across the Lagoon - Sunday Nov 16th 10am-12pm at various sites. The last of 4 dates this year, we’ll be conducting a Cleanup Across the Lagoon with our local Volusia/Flagler Chapter of Surfrider. The information we gather from these repeated efforts will help us identify and address trash problems in our area. In August, we collected over 350 pounds of trash and recycling....
Volunteers Help Deploy Oyster Bags In Salt Marsh - Eighteen volunteers helped deploy more than 400 oyster bags last month in the Living Shoreline Demonstration Area of the Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center. The workers deployed the bags on October 24, strategically placing them in the Living Shoreline area, as well as along the northern perimeter of the restored salt marsh. Constructed by Marine....