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

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camp, but may include island
& lab studies, arts & crafts,
kayaking, fishing, surfing,
snorkeling, SCUBA diving,
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What we are doing this Fall



State of the Lagoon 2014: Indian River Lagoon Public Forum

Devastating events in recent years have put the health of the Indian River Lagoon in a state of peril, but we have  come a long way in the last year.  Researchers and agencies will share their expertise, what we have learned, upcoming projects, and ways you can get involved. Hear updates on seagrass, oysters, birds, algal blooms, and more.

WHEN:  September 11, 2014    6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Brannon Center, 105 S. Riverside Dr. New Smyrna Beach, FL

COST: No charge, no reservations required

CONTACT: annie@marinediscoverycenter.org or call 386-428-4828

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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