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MDC News

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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Lagoonacy Returns to Marine Discovery Center In April

Mar 7th, 2017 | Category: MDC News

For Immediate Release Lagoonacy Returns to Marine Discovery Center In April NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2017 – Lagoonacy will return to the Marine Discovery Center for the fourth year on Saturday, April 1. This year’s event will once again offer a variety of activities and displays for the public and will also kick….

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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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MDC Lecture Focuses on Zooarchaeological Findings at CNS

Mar 1st, 2017 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
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 at Canaveral National Seashore (CNS). The research focuses….

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Horseshoe Crab Workshop

Feb 26th, 2017 | Category: Lecture Series, MDC News
Horseshoe Crab Workshop

MDC Citizen Science presents Horseshoe Crab Workshop Wednesday, March 1, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Want to know more about horseshoe crabs? Want to get involved in horseshoe crab research and conservation? Join us for a horseshoe crab workshop! We’ll teach you what to look for when you see horseshoe crabs in the wild. You’ll also….

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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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Brand New Special Tour

Jan 16th, 2017 | Category: MDC News, Tours
Brand New Special Tour

Lighthouse Climb & Tour Every 3rd Wednesday of the month Join us for a fun filled afternoon of adventure, exercise, and learning. We’ll take you on a one-hour trip on our pontoon boat, Discovery, to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse. Once there, you will have the option of climbing the lighthouse tower and visiting the well….

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