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? Please consider a financial donation!

We need your help!  We aren’t always this forthcoming, but the Marine Discovery Center needs your support to endure the pandemic crisis and Keep Us Afloat!

Over the past 10 years, we’ve worked hard to create a sustainable model that includes fee-based programs and events coupled with grants and donations.  Fee-based programs make up 70% of our annual budget.  These dollars directly support operations and allows us to use your donations for critical needs like children’s scholarships, lagoon restoration and citizen science.

Unfortunately, COVID-19 has completely shut down our fee-based programming during our busiest time of the year.  In fact, the months of March, April and May make up 44% of our annual budget!  Without this critical revenue, we are limited in our ability to engage the community in the protection and restoration of the Indian River Lagoon.

Even though we addressed the COVID challenge quickly through cutbacks, the Payroll Protection Program, the implementation of virtual learning, and an online nature-themed gift store, we are anticipating a 60%-70% decline in revenue this year!  To help offset some of the damage, we’re embarking on an ambitious goal to raise $150,000 in 2020 and we need your support!  Donors like you have graciously provided us with a head start but the Lagoon needs each of you to help us to the finish line.

Twenty-three years ago we embarked on a mission to engage the community and protect the Indian River Lagoon.  It’s difficult to imagine this town without a non-profit organization of dedicated staff, members, volunteers and donors working daily to save the Lagoon.  But this is what’s at stake!  We need your support to help Keep Us Afloat!  

Your gift will help us endure the pandemic and budget shortfall forecasted in 2020.  As we progress in the new normal, we will keep you informed of our success, our needs and ways you can help the Marine Discovery Center continue to serve the community, and the Indian River Lagoon.

Your gift today will help Keep Us Afloat and instill the confidence we need to set a new course for the future of coastal conservation.  


Chad Truxall
Executive Director

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."