Adopt an Estuary Training Programs
This is a citizen – science program aimed to keep “eyes on the estuary”. Volunteers in the program will conduct visual surveys and/or water-quality surveys independently on a monthly basis. AAE is a great way to get outdoors and become more familiar with our unique local ecosystem.
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Florida Master Naturalist Program
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 – Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine Environments.
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520 Barracuda Blvd. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
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Thank you to Surfing’s Evolution and Preservation Foundation for supporting MDC’s Children’s Scholarship program. The support will be used to provide disadvantaged children with an opportunity to participate in our hands-on, feet-wet programs!
Cruises, Kayaking & More
Explore Your Waters!
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. Individual Kayak rentals also available. (click for more info …)
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Read the latest about MDC and the Indian River Lagoon
By Lisa D. Mickey
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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. …