The Marine Discovery Center has spent over 20 years informing and educating citizens and guests about the amazing biodiversity of the Indian River Lagoon.
Tagged as the most biologically diverse estuary in North America, the Indian River Lagoon boasts more than 4,000 species and spans 156 miles down Florida’s east coast — providing countless ways to engage the public. Programs at MDC for all ages are designed to offer hands-on, feet-wet learning opportunities through classes, camps, lectures, boat and kayak eco-tours with certified naturalists and teachers.
We invite you to learn more about all we have to offer.
New Smyrna Beach Paint Out • October 19 – 26
Twenty-five professionally-acclaimed plein air artists will paint outside from dawn to dusk at locations in New Smyrna Beach and nearby areas. The public is invited to watch the artists at work, view their recently completed paintings in the Artists’ Workshop gallery, and attend free daily painting demonstrations. Special events include a Collector’s Champagne Reception and Plein Air Grand Finale.
The 2019 Plein Air Paint Out will continue the legacy of fund-raising to enhance our environmental education and art programs and to further the goals of both the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop of conservation and stewardship of the Indian River Lagoon and art appreciation to our youth, community and visitors.
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Linda Ellison Minton grew up in New Smyrna Beach and has volunteered at the Marine Discovery Center since 2013. She has a deep history in this town and loves talking about the things she remembers, the things she has learned and even her own personal discoveries in...
by Lisa D. Mickey The annual Plein Air Paint Out will once again bring outdoor enthusiasts and art lovers to the Marine Discovery Center and The Artists’ Workshop for a weeklong celebration of outdoor painting in New Smyrna Beach. This year’s ninth annual event...
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