Field Trip Programs

Discover Amazing at MDC this school year with hands-on & feet-wet opportunities that students will love. With a variety of features on our site including trails, gardens, amphitheater, and a restored salt marsh you’ll have even more to explore!

Indian River Lagoon Experience

Our most popular program offers students a chance to participate in land-based activities as well as taking a tour on our boat.  Dolphins, manatees, birds and other marine life may be encountered as the naturalist describes the lagoon and its inhabitants. Land activities may include a salt marsh exploration, plankton study, an invertebrate presentation or many other options.

Kayak Adventures

Participants will explore the lagoon up close while leisurely paddling in a kayak. The journey will be led by an experienced kayak naturalist who will guide the students through an ecological lesson on the importance of the lagoon. This awe-inspiring trip will be easily remembered and will instill an appreciation of nature.

Discovery Eco Adventure Tour

What could be better than cruising the lagoon while learning about the wildlife that inhabits the area? Perhaps dolphins will be playing or birds will be diving to capture prey. A naturalist will be along to stimulate students’ curiosities about the most biologically diverse estuary in North America.

Total Immersion

A ride on the Discovery boat takes participants to an island for an extreme exploration experience. A naturalist will be onboard to share their knowledge of the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. Explorers will use seine nets and dip nets to discover and identify animals found in the Indian River Lagoon.


For more details,
Download our Field Trip Packet



To find out more information or to inquire about scholarship opportunities, contact Tess Sailor-Tynes at 386.428.4828 or


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