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

MDC is hiring!

We’re looking for an educator/aquarist who can join our staff. Our new team member will deliver marine science education programs in classroom and outdoor settings and will also be responsible for maintaining and enhancing all aquaria and exhibits. For more information, including full position description, click here!


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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Guided Kayak Tours

Paddle the Indian River Lagoon with a Florida Master Naturalist and learn about the importance of caring for this “cradle of the ocean” and birthplace of 95% of Florida’s fish and crustaceans. Kayak instruction and nature interpretation are included with each tour. No experience required.
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