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

Student Scientists

Surveys at Menard-May Park

Jan 27th, 2014 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Student Scientists

As part of the Adopt-An-Estuary program, students from Roseborough Montessori School have been conducting water quality tests at one of 23 sites in the area. The class comes once a month to look at aspects of the lagoon such as salinity, temperature, nutrient levels, and water clarity. The students also document the current environmental conditions and….

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NSBHS Students Trained to Monitor Estuaries

Oct 2nd, 2013 | Category: AAE Volunteer, Student Scientists
NSBHS Students Trained to Monitor Estuaries

Students in the Aquaculture III class at New Smyrna Beach High School have been coming to the Marine Discovery Center twice a week to learn about the local environment and develop class projects. Seventeen students and their teacher participated in an Adopt-An-Estuary training workshop in early September. Working in small groups, the students learned how….

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Student Scientist Test

Aug 2nd, 2011 | Category: Student Scientists

Many of our ecotour guests are surprised to learn that the Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most diverse estuary system and has been designated as an Estuary of National Significance. Here, where salt and fresh water mingle, are more than 4,000 species of plants and animals, including 35 listed as threatened or endangered. Mangrove plants line shorelines and provide habitat for many species of animals and invertebrates. Birds such as osprey, pelicans, ibis, herons, roseate spoonbills or even bald eagles are commonly seen. In the estuary, bottlenose dolphins chase pods of baitfish, and manatees charm us with their slow-moving gentle ways as they swim with their newborns. Numerous species of fish live in the Indian River Lagoon, including mullet that leap from the water and the predators that savor them, such as saltwater trout and redfish. Sea turtles traverse the River. Each outing is a new adventure as the estuary reveals its seasonal treasures.

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