Public Lecture: Manatees

Public Lecture: Manatees

Manatees

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AUGUST, 2018

When: Thursday, August 16 2018 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

Manatees will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s public lecture this month.

Dr. Katie Tripp, who has served as the Save the Manatee Club’s Director of Science and Conservation for more than a decade, will be the guest speaker.

The presentation is set for Thursday, Aug. 16, starting at 6 p.m. The lecture is hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Dr. Tripp earned her master’s certificate in environmental policy and management from the University of Florida’s College of Engineering, and her Ph.D. in veterinary medical sciences, also from the University of Florida.

She is also an elected supervisor with the Volusia County Soil and Water Conservation District and serves on the Indian River Lagoon Citizens’ Advisory Committee, as well as an executive and steering committee member of Volusia County’s Project H2O.

In addition, Dr. Tripp is currently campaigning for Florida’s House of Representatives in District 25, with the hope of representing this region in the state legislature.

The August lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required. Early arrival is recommended, as seating is limited.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

Price Goes Up July 16 In MDC’s Buy-A-Brick Campaign

Price Goes Up July 16 In MDC’s Buy-A-Brick Campaign

Osprey Nesting Platform

The price of personalized bricks will go up on Monday, July 16, in the Marine Discovery Center’s Buy-A-Brick Campaign.

Construction of an amphitheater is currently underway on the campus of the non-profit organization — once occupied by the former New Smyrna Beach High School. Bricks may be personalized and purchased by the public that will be used in the first installation of the new amphitheater’s main staging area. Find out more about this and other ongoing projects here.

Purchase price for each brick is $45 each through Sunday, July 15, rising to $50 each on July 16. All bricks purchased by July 15 will be included in the initial installation for the stage and will be placed at the site later this fall in October.

The second group order of legacy bricks are scheduled for December 2018, with installation at the amphitheater set for March 2019.

Each brick order may include three lines of up to 20 characters and/or marine/nautical clip art with names and personal messages.

The personalized bricks are also an option for former New Smyrna Beach High School graduates — who attended school on the site from 1963 to 2006 — to commemorate their graduating class.

Brick order sheets for the campaign are available at the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach or online.

For more information, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

MDC Hosts Homeschool Summer Camp

MDC Hosts Homeschool Summer Camp

UPDATE: This camp has been cancelled.
This year MDC expands its summer camp schedule with the addition of Estuary Explorers: August 13-17.  Planned for the week after Volusia County students go back to school, this camp is perfect for homeschoolers and others whose academic schedules allow for an extra week of fun and environmental education.

Students in the Estuary Explorers camp will have the opportunity to explore the most biodiverse estuary in North America, the Indian River Lagoon, and will learn all about the significance of this ecosystem. This camp will include island exploration, fishing, marine related arts and crafts, and science activities!  Students will also go on a field trip to the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse and Marine Science Center.

This camp is geared for students ages 5-10, and the five-day experience costs $230. The camp hours are 8:30 – 3:00 p.m. each day.

To register call Diane McColl at 386.428.3310 or email [email protected]  Payment and camper registration form are needed in advance.  Maximum number of campers is 20.

Find out more about our 2018 Summer Camps

The State of Water in Volusia County

The State of Water in Volusia County

State of Water in Volusia County

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June • 2018

When: Thursday, June 21 at 6:00 p.m.

Where: Marine Discovery Center, 520 Barracuda Blvd, NSB, 32169

Cost: FREE

The lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required.

“The State of Water in Volusia County” will be the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s public lecture this Thursday evening. Clay Henderson, executive director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University, will be the guest speaker.

Long engaged in Florida environmental policy, Henderson served on the 1998 Florida Constitution Revision Commission and sponsored most of the environmental provisions in Florida’s Constitution, including the creation of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

He previously served as senior counsel at Holland & Knight LLP, practicing in the public policy section in the field of environmental law. He also served as president of the Florida Audubon Society and was elected to two terms on the Volusia County Council.

Henderson co-authored the Florida Water and Land Legacy Initiative, a conservation-funding program ratified in 2014. He was also a leader in the development of Florida’s signature land acquisition programs and negotiated the acquisition of more than 300,000 acres of conservation lands.

Clay Henderson

A native of New Smyrna Beach, Henderson has received the national public service award from The Nature Conservancy, as well as the Bill Sadowski Memorial Award from the Environment and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar.

Stetson University’s Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience, of which Henderson directs, utilizes faculty and student research to inform policy options for significant environmental issues.

MDC’s June lecture is open to the public at no charge and no reservations are required. Early arrival is recommended, as seating is limited.

For more information about the lecture, contact the Marine Discovery Center at 386-428-4828.

Come Kayak at MDC!

Come Kayak at MDC!

Roger Horse Conch

Get to know the Indian River Lagoon as you paddle on our kayak tours offered by the Marine Discovery Center. You will learn about the estuary and its many inhabitants while paddling with experienced certified naturalists.

Kayakers of all ages and ability levels may choose from different tours in two locations in our programs. Guests may either bring their own kayaks or use MDC’s boats and equipment. MDC will supply everything you need and the trained guidance to help make this a memorable experience.

Marine Discovery Center

Paddle from MDC through a restored salt marsh and along the lagoon’s backwaters learning about mangrove trees, oyster reefs, wading birds and marine animals from your guide. You may paddle to the bird rookery islands to see where our wading birds build their nests each year or hug the mangroves while paddling in the undeveloped backwaters of Smyrna Creek, watching for spectacular avian species loitering in the trees.

Browns Bay

Leave from Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park on Saxon Avenue on a winding paddling trail with your guide through the mangrove forest. You will learn about these tropical trees, as well as the oyster reefs, sand bars, wading birds and marine mammals you may see along the way. This trail was an Eagle Scout project designed for all types of paddling vessels, giving nature lovers a good look at the undeveloped backwaters adjacent to the fishing paradise of Callalisa Creek.

Full Moon Kayak Tours

When the monthly calendar indicates the presence of a full moon, MDC offers its full moon kayak tours. These PM paddles typically give kayakers a chance to watch the colors of stunning sunsets on the waters of the Indian River Lagoon, followed by the thrill of the moon rising over the mangrove trees, reflecting a brilliant path in the water. This is a unique way to experience the estuary as your guide leads you in the twilight.

Read what our guests are saying about their kayak experience…