Support MDC

During these uncertain times, we need your help to stay afloat and continue our mission to protect and restore Florida’s coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems.

Now that we’re open again, we invite you to visit, take a boat tour or kayak tour, or browse our gift shop. Every purchase you make helps a lot!

Not ready to visit just yet? You can still help support us in many ways, including attending one of our Virtual Programs or purchasing a variety of amazing items from our new Shop MDC online store. However, there are many other ways to support Marine Discovery Center…

Donate to MDC
Donate to MDC

One way to support MDC is to donate. We know times are challenging, but for the future of the Indian River Lagoon we need your support.

If you find yourself in a position to help, please consider a financial contribution. All donations are greatly appreciated and help us continue our mission to protect and restore the Indian River Lagoon.

Contribute to our Facebook Fundraiser
Contribute to our Facebook Fundraiser

Much of our current outreach is on social media, particularly Facebook. We encourage you to like our MDC Facebook Page and follow us for news, fun facts, videos, activities, and more!

Now through the end of April we are hosting a Facebook Fundraiser to help us get through these trying times. This is a great and easy way to contribute to MDC and share with your friends and family. This fundraiser also includes a $10,000 match challenge made possible by very generous donors.

Buy A Brick
Buy A Brick

In 2019 MDC introduced Hunter Amphitheater to our site! Even though we’re all staying at home during this time, this venue will help us connect to our community through concerts, movies, lectures and more once we’re all back out in the world. Help us continue this programming and plan for new features on our site by joining our Buy-A-Brick Campaign.

Get in on our next brick order…Buy A Brick Today!

Join Target Circle
Join Target Circle

Doing some online shopping or making a quick emergency trip to Target? Make sure you are a part of Target Circle; by accumulating voting points and directing those to MDC, you let Target know where you want their donation dollars to go. As long as your home store is set to one close to MDC, we’ll show up as a charity of choice – it doesn’t matter where you shop.

Enroll in this giving program and find out more details at

Shop with Amazon Smile
Shop with Amazon Smile

Amazon Smile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Marine Discovery Center every time you shop, at no cost to you.  Just go to Amazon Smile and make sure Marine Discovery Center is your charity of choice! Every time you shop on Amazon, make sure to start at Amazon Smile.

For more info on the Amazon Smile program, click HERE

Since our inception by motivated and passionate individuals in 1997 we’ve focused on educating our community through hands-on and feet-wet programs and working with partners to study and restore critical habitats like seagrass, oysters, marshes and mangroves. We need to continue educating our community on the fragility of this unique body of water while highlighting individual and community-wide solutions to Protect Our Lagoon. A healthy Indian River Lagoon equals a healthy community and requires all of us working together.

As we expand the depth of our reach we also expand the depth of our operational and program costs. The utility, insurance and maintenance bills don’t go away. Your support is needed as we continue to grow our mission and community influence. Help us meet the challenges that face the Indian River Lagoon and donate today.

Your contribution helps fund our mission of education, conservation, and exploration and goes towards protecting and restoring this national treasure.

Donation Levels


Up to $99


$100 – $999


$1,000 – $2,499


$2,500 – $4,999


$5,000+ (more about the Dolphin Society)

Other ideas…

  • Become a Member
  • Buy A Brick at Hunter Amphitheater
  • Donate from your IRA
  • Check with your company to see if they will match your charitable contribution
  • Consider planned giving options
  • Shop using AmazonSmile
  • Thrivent members can direct Thrivent Choice dollars to Marine Discovery Center
  • Cast votes for MDC in the Target Circle program April 1 – June 30, 2020

Donations to Marine Discovery Center are tax-deductible.

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