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

Announcements

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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Zooarchaeological Findings at Canaveral National Seashore

Mar 14th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Education, MDC News
Zooarchaeological Findings at Canaveral National Seashore

 MDC Lecture Focuses on Zooarchaeological Findings at CNS University of Florida Senior Biological Scientist Irv Quitmyer of the Florida Museum of Natural History will be the guest speaker for the March monthly lecture at The Marine Discovery Center. Associated with the Florida Museum for 37 years, Quitmyer will present findings in recent zooarchaeological research conducted….

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Spring Break Kayak Savings!

Mar 7th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, MDC News, Tours
Spring Break Kayak Savings!

Download the Spring Break coupon to save on your next kayak trip. offer good until April 1, 2017

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Feb. 2017 Lecture, Winter Birding in Central Florida

Feb 8th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Education, Lecture Series, MDC News
Feb. 2017 Lecture, Winter Birding in Central Florida

The topic of February’s monthly lecture at the Marine Discovery Center will be “Winter Birding In Central Florida.” Florida residents get to enjoy a variety of migratory species as many birds spend the winter here in an area known as the Atlantic Flyway. Michigan “snowbird” Don Chalfant, who leads weekly winter bird walks at the….

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Special MDC Lecture

Jan 20th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Central Florida News, MDC News
Special MDC Lecture

Special MDC Lecture Will Feature North Atlantic Right Whales Julie Albert will be the guest speaker for a special February lecture at the Marine Discovery Center. Albert is the manager of the Marine Resources Council’s North Atlantic Right Whale Monitoring Program. The lecture will be held Thursday, Feb. 2, starting at 6 p.m., and will….

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Weekly Bird Walks

Jan 17th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Education, MDC News
Weekly Bird Walks

At Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park Every Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday January 10 – early April MDC volunteer and bird aficionado Don Chalfant will lead you on a trek through the beautiful Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park to search for and observe a wide variety of avian life including herons, egrets,….

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MDC January Lecture Will Focus On Water

Jan 8th, 2017 | Category: Announcements, Lecture Series, MDC News
MDC January Lecture Will Focus On Water

Ever wonder where your water comes from and where it goes? Did you know that stormwater runoff from driveways and roads often flow directly into our waterways? And would you like to learn how to better conserve water in your home?

Learn more about your water when speakers from the Utilities Commission of the City of New Smyrna Beach, and the City of New Smyrna Beach come together to present the January lecture at the Marine Discovery Center.

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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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Full “Perigee” Moon Tours

Nov 9th, 2016 | Category: Announcements, MDC News, Tours

November’s Full Moon is a “Perigee” Moon—when the Moon reaches the point in its orbit that is closest to Earth. This is popularly called a “Supermoon.” In addition, this Perigee Moon (or, Supermoon) will also nearer to Earth than it’s been since January 26, 1948.

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