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

Announcements

Solar Eclipse Boat Tour

Jul 8th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Solar Eclipse Boat Tour

Join us for a celestial event!! ** This tour is SOLD OUT.** View the total solar eclipse – the first seen in the U.S. since 1979 – from the comfort of our 40 passenger pontoon boat, Discovery. We’ll head out on the Indian River Lagoon in search of the many dolphins, manatees, and birds that….

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Marine Discovery Center Launches Archery Camps For Kids

May 25th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Camp, MDC News
Marine Discovery Center Launches Archery Camps For Kids

By Lisa D. Mickey Volusia County children will have a chance to take their best shots this summer when the Marine Discovery Center introduces two camps for archery. The half-day camp sessions will be offered June 26-30, and July 10-14, from 9 a.m. to noon. A maximum of 10 campers may enroll in each session….

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It’s Sea Turtle Time Again

May 1st, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Central Florida News, Coastal Corner, MDC News
It’s Sea Turtle Time Again

By Lisa D. Mickey While sea turtle nesting season officially starts May 1 on Florida beaches, several species of turtles have arrived early on the shores of Volusia County. Leatherback turtles arrived early in April, and a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle nested in Wilbur-by-the-Sea on April 24 – an uncommon nester on our beaches. The….

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Special Kayak Savings!

Mar 27th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Ecotours/Kayaking, MDC News, Tours
Special Kayak Savings!

Save on kayak eco-tours in New Smyrna Beach

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Exhibit Area Renovations

Mar 15th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

Marine Discovery Center Finalizes Exhibit Area Renovations By Lisa D. Mickey Visitors to the Marine Discovery Center are already benefitting from renovations designed to enhance their learning experience. After more than a year of planning, MDC has finalized changes that start right at the front door. New exhibits, new flooring and a redesigned exhibit area,….

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Cuba’s Children Inspire Audubon Chapter

Jan 4th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Central Florida News, Indian River Lagoon News
Cuba's Children Inspire Audubon Chapter

By Lisa D. Mickey Members of the Halifax River Audubon chapter in Daytona Beach knew they would encounter children from the surrounding areas when they visited Cuba in December 2014. They came prepared with small gifts to share with the local kids and had many friendly exchanges as they moved around the Caribbean nation watching….

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Eagle Scout Project

Dec 16th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Eagle Scout Project

Eagle Scout Project Builds Centerpiece For MDC Butterfly Garden By Lisa D. Mickey The butterfly garden at the Marine Discovery Center just got a new centerpiece, thanks to an Eagle Scout project by a local teen. Deland High School junior John Clayton built a pergola over the walkway through the garden for his community project….

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Watch out for migrating manatees!

Nov 8th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Watch out for migrating manatees!

With the onset of the manatee migration, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds people in boats and personal watercraft to slow down to avoid manatees, particularly in shallow areas. Many seasonal manatee protection zones also go into effect as of Nov. 15.

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Marine Discovery Center Names New Board of Directors

Jul 10th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., July 7, 2016 – The Marine Discovery Center has named its new board of directors for 2016. Erik Halleus began his term as board chairman in early May. New to the board are Fielding Cooley and Katheryn Meagher. “We want to build a stronger organization and I’m here to help,” said….

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Cleaning the Mangrove Rookery Islands – Just For the Birds

Mar 3rd, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News
Cleaning the Mangrove Rookery Islands – Just For the Birds

By Lisa D. Mickey All that was left were bones picked clean by vultures. And those bones were tied tightly to mangrove roots on the ground. Even with scissors and a knife, we struggled to clear the monofilament fishing line wrapped and wrapped around the feet of a dead pelican. “This bird didn’t have a….

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