MDC Invites Families to Explore this July 5th

MDC Invites Families to Explore this July 5th

Marine Discovery Center invites your family to add some adventure to your July 4th holiday weekend – join us for our Family Discovery Day!

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Our Family Discovery Day gives families the opportunity to go on our popular Indian River Lagoon Experience field trip program. You’ll have a chance to participate in land-based activities – salt marsh exploration, a nature hike, a plankton study, and an invertebrates study – as well as take a tour on our boat to encounter dolphin, manatee, birds and other marine life. You never know what you’ll discover as your explore your waters with MDC!

Friday, July 5 | 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Cost per person: $18/person

For more information or to register, please contact Michelle West at 386.428.3310 or

MDC Archery Program Takes Its Final Bow

MDC Archery Program Takes Its Final Bow

We are sad to report that Marine Discovery Center will be ending our archery program after this Summer 2019 season.

We’re offering campers one last chance to try their hand at a bow and arrow at MDC during our half-day and three-day archery summer camps.

Our education department continues to grow every year by offering more and more opportunities for our local community to get outside and experience our local ecosystems. As we grow, our staff has become busier creating and running all of the great programs we offer and no longer have the capacity to run our archery program.

We loved having everyone participate that past few years and saw so much improvement through all of our clinics and camps. We hope that some of you continue this wonderful sport! But…

We still have Archery Summer Camp scheduled for this coming 2019 summer; this will be your last chance to participate in our archery program before it ends! We are offering 2 half-day archery camps and 1 three-day archery camp; dates, pricing, and more are available here. We hope to see some of you taking aim here at MDC this summer!

If you are interested in continuing the sport of archery, we are always here for questions and as a resource for information on other locations and programs in which to practice and participate.


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  Payment and camper registration form are needed in advance.  Maximum number of campers is 20.

Find out more about our 2018 Summer Camps

MDC Expands Summer Camp Programs With New Additions

MDC Expands Summer Camp Programs With New Additions

by Lisa D. Mickey
News Release

The Marine Discovery Center will offer three new camp programs this summer, adding a camp for homeschooled students, as well as six sessions of new two-day camps.

Joining a summer schedule that includes 28 different camps for youngsters ages kindergarten to eighth grade, the new programs were added by popular request.

Three sessions of the new Salty Scientists two-day camp will be held for children in kindergarten through second grade May 31-June 1, July 2-3 and July 5-6. Campers will focus on sea creatures found on the Florida coast in this program.

Three sessions of the inaugural Water Warriors two-day camps will be held for campers in grades 3-5 from May 31-June 1, July 2-3 and July 5-6. This program is designed to expand campers’ knowledge of the world of water with island exploration, fishing and marine-related arts and crafts.

“We’re hoping to reach more families who may want their children to have an educational experience, while also enjoying time at the beach during family vacation,” said Michelle West, education coordinator at MDC.

Addressing the need to offer a special program for homeschooled students, the new Estuary Explorers will offer youngsters in grades kindergarten through sixth grade a chance to focus on the ecosystems of the Indian River Lagoon.

“This camp will give homeschooled students a chance to meet and interact with other kids who are also homeschooled, as well as to have a fun educational experience away from home,” added West.

Other popular camps will be held for Loggerheads (grades K-2), Leatherbacks (grades 3-5), Mangrove Maniacs (grades 3-6), Aquatic Adventures (ages 5-8) and Lagoonys (grades 5-8).

A new field trip will be offered to Mangrove Maniac campers this year. The WaterVentures Learning Lab will bring its mobile interactive learning lab to the center to provide a hands-on look at Florida’s diverse watersheds, water conservation and recycling initiatives.

A free resource for the state of Florida offered through the Crystal Springs Foundation, WaterVentures is a 53-foot tractor-trailer that has been transformed into a science-learning lab on wheels.

Older children in the summer camp program will enjoy two sessions of FWC Saltwater Fishing camps (grades 5-8), as well as the popular SCUBA camp (grades 5-8).

Due to popular demand, one additional half-day camp has been added for archery this summer. Youngsters in grades 3-6 will have three half-day camps in June and July to perfect their archery techniques.

“Most of the kids we get have always wanted to try archery, but just never had a place to do it,” said MDC Education Specialist Logan Rohrbach, who is a certified archery instructor.

MDC has offered archery for six years, with interest in the program growing each summer. The Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network supplies archery equipment to MDC throughout the year as a community partner in the center’s archery program.

MDC’s archery program has a permanent designated archery range on a corner of the center’s campus away from other programming.

“It’s a regulation range designed using U.S.A. Archery safety regulations, so not only do the kids in our camps have fun while learning this sport, but they are also safe while doing it,” noted Rohrbach.

Voted as the 2017 “Star of the South Best Local Children’s Attraction” by readers of the Daytona Beach News-Journal, MDC’s summer camp programs continue teaching children about coastal ecosystem through feet-wet learning.

Last year, nearly 400 youngsters from 15 states and three countries attended summer camp at MDC during 10 weeks of activities.

Camp registration at the Marine Discovery Center is currently underway, with available discounts for early registration and MDC members.

For details about the camps, contact the Marine Discovery Center’s education office at 386-428-3310.