Manatees To Be Featured In MDC’s July Public Lecture

Manatees To Be Featured In MDC’s July Public Lecture



JULY 2019

When: Thursday, July 18 2019 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 featured topic at the Marine Discovery Center’s July monthly lecture. These gentle giants are among Florida’s most beloved mammals.

Bill Greer, a marine mammal biologist for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), will be the guest speaker. Greer will discuss the latest updates and concerns about manatees across the state.

The lecture will be held Thursday, July 18, starting at 6 p.m., and will be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

Greer has worked in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Northeast Fisheries Observer Program in data collection and protected-species training, and has served as a research associate with FWC for nearly four years. He currently oversees the Melbourne Beach Marine Mammal Lab, which covers Indian River, Brevard, Osceola, Orange, Seminole, Lake and part of Volusia County.

In his position at FWC, Greer works to rescue injured and sick manatees, as well as to recover and necropsy the deceased animals.

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

Seating in the center’s Learning Lab is limited and early arrival is recommended.

Marine Discovery Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary On Friday

Marine Discovery Center Celebrates 20th Anniversary On Friday

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NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Dec. 4, 2017 — The Marine Discovery Center will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a special event this Friday at the center.

An evening of activities on Friday, Dec. 8, will salute the nonprofit organization’s founders, milestones and mission to “protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems through education, research and community stewardship.”

The open-house celebration is free to the public. The event will be hosted at the center, as well as at The Artists’ Workshop next door, located at 520 Barracuda Boulevard in New Smyrna Beach.

The event will be held from 6:30-9 p.m. Light refreshments will be offered throughout the evening, culminating with a champagne/sparkling apple-cider toast.

Marine Discovery Center founders and former directors, as well as key members, will offer brief comments about MDC’s formation and growth during the celebration.

To learn more VISIT OUR 20th Anniversary Page


Please visit our Facebook Event Page for any updates!

MDC 20th Anniversary Celebration

MDC 20th Anniversary Celebration



Bring your friends and family as we showcase the past, present, and future of MDC. 

Meet some of the important folks that started MDC way back in the late 90’s and those that continue to be involved today.

Beginning at 6:30 MDC will host an open house to tour the facilities, as well as the Artists’ Workshop next door. Light refreshments and beer will be available, with popcorn offered throughout the evening.
From 7-7:15 p.m., festivities will begin with an introduction and overview of the event. There will also be an introduction of founding and lifetime MDC members, board members, staff and volunteers.
From 7:15-8:15 p.m., a special slide presentation showcasing the history of MDC will be shown, with comments from founding members and center officials. The public will have a chance to reminisce and comment about MDC’s history.
At 8:15 p.m., filmmaker Jordan Kahn will show his short film on the Marine Discovery Center entitled, “Discover Amazing,” followed by a question-and-answer session.
A champagne toast is planned at 8:45 p.m., saluting the Marine Discovery Center’s two decades.
MDC members, former staff members, volunteers and local citizens are encouraged to attend the free celebration to help salute the center’s 20 years of educating the community about the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding coastal ecosystems.
Please visit our Facebook Event Page for any updates!

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Best-selling Author Keynote Speaker For Sh.O.R.E. Symposium

Best-selling Author Keynote Speaker For Sh.O.R.E. Symposium

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by Lisa D. Mickey
News Release

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla., Oct. 18, 2017 – Best-selling author and 2017 “Champions of Change” award recipient Wallace J. Nichols, will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Sh.O.R.E. Symposium.

The Marine Discovery Center, Atlantic Center for the Arts, and Daytona State College will again host Sh.O.R.E. – Sharing Our Research with Everyone — an annual symposium designed to address current issues and research relating to the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

The third annual, all-day event will be held Friday, Dec. 1, at the Brannon Civic Center at 105 South Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach.


Dr. Nichols published in 2014 his book, “Blue Mind: The Surprising Science That Shows How being Near, In, On or Under Water Can Make You Happier, Healthier, More Connected, and Better At What You Do.”

Nichols has been called the “keeper of the sea” by GQ magazine and “a visionary” by Outside magazine. A California-based marine biologist and water advocate, Dr. Nichols has authored more than 200 scientific papers, technical reports, book chapters and popular publications. He has also appeared in numerous print, film, radio and television media outlets, and has lectured in more than 30 countries.

His research has spanned ocean and aquatic ecosystems, migratory species, marine protected areas, fisheries management and plastic pollution. According to his website, “Blue Mind,” describes the “physical, ecological, economic, cognitive, emotional, psychological and social benefits of healthy oceans and waterways.”

“We’re trying to engage a broader audience this year by bringing in a renowned keynote speaker who will interest our community,” said Dr. Debra Woodall, director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Studies (IMES) at Daytona State College.

“We hope the public will come hear him speak and will also stay to learn more about the issues and proposed solutions associated with the Indian River Lagoon,” added Woodall, assistant department chair of DSC’s school of biological and physical sciences.

Woodall believes Nichols’ focus on the power of water and the role it plays in the lives of people is a natural fit with the residents of coastal Central Florida.

“We certainly understand the economic impact of water in our area,” Woodall said. “But water also has a very positive physiological and psychological impact on us.”

Following the symposium, the Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA) will partner with Sh.O.R.E., and will offer an author’s book signing across the street from the Brannon Center at the Harris House. A reception at the River Park Terrace will also be held.

“ACA’s future role with this event will be to engage high school and undergraduate students in addressing environmental issues expressed through art,” added Woodall. “This will help reach many citizens because some people become educated through science, while others learn through art.”

The Sh.O.R.E. Symposium will begin at 9:30 a.m., with sessions running until 4 p.m.

High school students and college undergraduates will join science professionals in presenting information to the public about their recent research, current scientific findings and management strategies for the Indian River Lagoon.

The Sh.O.R.E. event is free to the public, but preregistration is required. Seating will be limited.

For more information and to preregister, visit Online preregistration deadline will be Nov. 29.

Otter Spotting, Mini-Drones, & Yoga!

Otter Spotting, Mini-Drones, & Yoga!

October at MDC brings two unique events hosted by some of our favorite community partners! Both of these events are FREE and open to the public; no RSVP is required.

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You “Otter” Be a Citizen Scientist

Calling all nature lovers and photographers: On Thursday, October 12 you can come hear things from the “otter” side! Join research scientist Megan Stolen from Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute in a workshop designed teach you how to help river otter populations in the Indian River Lagoon. Attendees will learn all about river otters in the IRL and about the Institute’s Otter Spotters, which is a citizen science program designed to gather information on river otter populations.  This workshop will be held at 6:00 p.m. at Marine Discovery Center.

Mini-Drone & Oyster-Storytelling Yoga

On Sunday, October 15 faculty and students from University of Central Florida’s Coastal & Estuarine Ecology Lab and Citizen Science GIS will lead two hands-on events for all ages to emphasize the importance of Florida’s coast, especially the Indian River Lagoon. This program will be held from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Marine Discovery Center.

1. MINI DRONE OBSTACLE COURSE over a simulated coastal community. Participants will have the opportunity to fly the mini-drones.
2. OYSTER STORYTELLING YOGA* which combines information on estuarine biological diversity with yoga poses designed to help you with both flexibility and remembering the importance of our keystone species.

*if participating in yoga, bring yoga mat and water bottle

For more information, please contact Tim Hawthorne at or Linda Walters at

MDC To Benefit From New Smyrna Beach Paint Out

MDC To Benefit From New Smyrna Beach Paint Out

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by Lisa D. Mickey

The Marine Discovery Center, along with Friends of Canaveral, will benefit from this year’s New Smyrna Beach Paint Out.

In its seventh year in the New Smyrna Beach area, the Paint Out, formerly known as “Canaveral Seashore Plein Air Paint Out,” will be held Oct. 8-14.

The event features professional artists invited from around the country to paint “En Plein Air” within Canaveral National Seashore and around the historic community of New Smyrna Beach.

The weeklong event features an evening gala on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Outriggers Tiki Bar & Grille on the North Causeway. Tickets are $40 each or $70 for two tickets.

There are also a variety of featured and judged paint-out events, a plein air gallery, live auction and events featuring both local and national artists capturing the essence of our coastal community.

Just as televised chef competitions give contestants a set amount of time and ingredients to create a culinary dish, one event gives artists two hours to create a painting, which is then judged.

Art patrons and Paint Out sponsors support the event financially, with proceeds benefitting the Marine Discovery Center and Friends of Canaveral through sales and sponsorships. 

To learn more about the New Smyrna Beach Paint Out, visit