About Marine Discovery Center
MDC is a membership-driven, not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 Florida Corporation. The membership elects the Board of Directors which in turn hires staff and provides support, management and governance to the organization and staff. We focus on Florida Coastal Ecosystem Education, Research, Restoration and Preservation with special attention to the northern Indian River Lagoon and surrounding waters. CLICK HERE FOR MDC BY-LAWS
Incorporated in 1997, MDC began raising funds and inaugurated ecotours on the Indian River. The MDC is located at 520 Barracuda Blvd, New Smyrna Beach, Florida, the former site of New Smyrna Beach High School. Our facility houses a variety of exhibits and tanks that showcase local flora and fauna, classroom space, a laboratory, a covered pavilion, our kayak launch, and more.
Our 40-passenger vessel and dock facilities were provided with funds from the Florida Inland Navigation District. Ongoing vessel support is provided by Boston Whaler, Inc. Our market is Central Florida and beyond. Of the 3-4 similar facilities within 150 miles of New Smyrna Beach, we are the only true “in the water” educational experience available.
We generate revenues via memberships, educational programs and camps and tours aboard our vessels.
The Marine Discovery Center, Inc. (MDC) was initiated over 20 years ago by Co-Founder, Bruce Jaildagian, (click here for bio), the City of New Smyrna Beach, as well as other interested environmental parties with the protection of the Indian River Lagoon as the primary objective. MDC is a membership-driven, not-for-profit, 501 (c) 3 Florida Corporation…..
1980’s General discussions of uniqueness of Indian River Lagoon 1992 Discussions with interested environmental partners 1995 Regular monthly meetings at Brannon Center 1997 501c3 status obtained 1998 Received first grant from St. John’s River Management District, $20K 2000 Secured Florida Inland Navigation District (FIND) grant, $118,500, funding: – new boat – building of boat dock….
Marine Discovery Center Location, 520 Barracuda Blvd
New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169
The long range vision of the Marine Discovery Center is to see a healthy Indian River Lagoon Estuary (IRL) and the ecosystem it supports preserved and enjoyed for its natural beauty, unmatched diversity of species and rich fishery for generations to come. Initiatives and activities designed to achieve this vision include providing education, research, restoration and heightened public awareness of this wondrous, fragile natural resource. In order to preserve the IRL for the enjoyment of future generations, a goal of the Marine Discovery Center is to showcase the biodiversity of this treasured natural resource and to examine, research and encourage human interaction “ON THE WATER” with the estuary.