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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.
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.
By Lisa D. Mickey Whether you have crab traps for personal, recreational or commercial use, the state of Florida wants you to add a small device to your traps to help protect diamondback terrapins. The devices are called Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) and can be...
Verania Sosa is a senior at Stetson University. She began her internship for academic credit at the Marine Discovery Center in May as an assistant aquarist/educator. She helps maintain and enhance aquaria and exhibits, while also assisting in MDC’s marine science...
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"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."