Community Programs


These programs include a variety of activities designed to engage the community in our hands-on, feet-wet approach to learning and fun. From classes for adults to holiday crafting days and homeschool classes to family outings, there are so many ways to play and learn at MDC!

Community Classroom

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Come learn in the Marine Discovery Center’s backyard! Classes will feature a mix of lecture-style information and a hands-on, outdoor activity.

Cost per person:
$12/person non-members; $10/person members



For more information or to register, please contact Lisa Ribaric at 386.428.4828/386.428.3310 or

Family Discovery Day: Indian River Lagoon Experience

Friday, July 5 | 9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
This popular program offers families a chance to participate in land-based activities as well as take a tour on our boat. Dolphins, manatee, birds, and other marine life may be encountered as the naturalist describes the lagoon and its inhabitants. Land activities will include salt marsh exploration, a nature hike, a plankton study, and an invertebrates study.

Cost per person:

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

Holiday Crafting Days

Between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Come create and decorate at MDC!

Cost per person:
$5 (limit one of each craft per person)

NO registration is required. Activities are available while supplies last.


October 28 & 29
Marine Monster Pumpkin Carving Contest
Bring your marine-themed carved pumpkin to the MDC Classroom for our pumpkin contest! Winner will receive 2 free adult boat passes! Entry fee of $5 per pumpkin; be sure to register it at the front desk. Please write your name and number on the bottom of your pumpkin so we can identify it. Winners will be contacted November 1st.

November 21 & 22
Fall Festivities
Join us in making Fall crafts using natural items and more for your table decor.

December 16 & 17
Reusable Gift Bags & Ornaments
Design your own reusable mini gift bag and ornament – perfect for the holiday season.

February 14
Be Mine Bracelets
Create your own special message on a bracelet to give to your Valentine.

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