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

MDC History Timeline

  • 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
    – teachers were hired to write school curricula
  • 2001 Boat delivered
  • 2002
    – First school boat tour (5th graders)
    – MDC office opens at abandoned NSB Water Treatment Plant
    – Grand plans of exhibition tanks for rehab sea turtles, dolphins and fish
    – Kayaks purchased and tours began
  • 2003
    – Bird rehab facility in MDC
    – Boat tours diversified; added History and Sunset cruises
    – Lab opens, touch tanks were built
    – MDC offices / Water Treatment Plant falls into disrepair, too costly to fix
    More elaborate concepts discussed; no money to fund
    – MDC shifts their presentation thinking from an aquarium / rehab center to hands-on / feet-wet, environmental learning center comprised of classrooms, touch tanks and interactive boat trips; instead of bringing the IRL to MDC, they would bring MDC to the IRL
  • 2004
    – Offices move to Connor Library, continued small lab and dock usage at
    NSB city Administrative Office Building (AOB) site
    – Water sewage treatment plant demolished
    – Continued fund-raising activities generated more incoming funds
    – Camp and field trip program expansion
  • 2006 Offices move to NSB city AOB site, to donated trailers

(to be continued …)