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The Marine Discovery Center has spent over 20 years informing and educating citizens and guests about the biodiversity of marine life and plant life in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon.

New Smyrna Beach is home to the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. The Indian River Lagoon, located on the coast of Central Florida, boasts more than 4,000 species and spans 156 miles down Florida’s east coast; providing countless ways to enjoy your time on the water in New Smyrna Beach.

Programs at MDC for all ages are designed to offer outdoor “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.

Exploration | Conservation | Education

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Marine Discovery Center News & Announcements

To all of our guests, volunteers, members, and other supporters…

For the safety of our staff and visitors, we recommend all vaccinated and non-vaccinated people wear a mask when inside our facilities. If needed, disposable masks can be supplied when available.  All visitors experiencing symptoms are encouraged to stay out of the building and refrain from participating in MDC programs.

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October Volunteer Spotlight: Dick Clement

The first thing you will notice about Marine Discovery Center volunteer Dick Clement is the sparkle in his eye, the spring in his step and the ageless energy of this smiling octogenarian. The 6-foot-1 New Englander moved to Port Orange, Fla., last December and quickly...

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Annual Plein Air Paint Out Set for October in New Smyrna Beach

by Lisa D. Mickey Artists will soon converge on New Smyrna Beach for the city’s 11th annual Plein Air Paint Out. The event is set for Oct. 19-23, and will once again be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop, Inc., NSB. This year's event is...

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