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Annual Plein Air Paint Out Set for October in New Smyrna Beach

Annual Plein Air Paint Out Set for October in New Smyrna Beach

by Lisa D. Mickey Artists will soon converge on New Smyrna Beach for the city’s 11th annual Plein Air Paint Out. The event is set for Oct. 19-23, and will once again be hosted by the Marine Discovery Center and the Artists’ Workshop, Inc., NSB. This year's event is...

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October Volunteer Spotlight: Dick Clement

October Volunteer Spotlight: Dick Clement

The first thing you will notice about Marine Discovery Center volunteer Dick Clement is the sparkle in his eye, the spring in his step and the ageless energy of this smiling octogenarian. The 6-foot-1 New Englander moved to Port Orange, Fla., last December and quickly...

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September Volunteer Spotlight: Fielding Cooley

September Volunteer Spotlight: Fielding Cooley

Fielding Cooley has worn many hats over the years along the way of his extremely diverse career path – including helping develop early protocols for organic farming in California, operating an Oregon sheep ranch, writing grants for childcare centers, setting up...

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August Volunteer Spotlight: Verania Sosa

August Volunteer Spotlight: Verania Sosa

Verania Sosa is a senior at Stetson University. She began her internship for academic credit at the Marine Discovery Center in May as an assistant aquarist/educator. She helps maintain and enhance aquaria and exhibits, while also assisting in MDC’s marine science...

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Crab Trap BRDs Help Prevent Diamondback Terrapin Deaths

Crab Trap BRDs Help Prevent Diamondback Terrapin Deaths

By Lisa D. Mickey Whether you have crab traps for personal, recreational or commercial use, the state of Florida wants you to add a small device to your traps to help protect diamondback terrapins. The devices are called Bycatch Reduction Devices (BRDs) and can be...

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July Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Dolan

July Volunteer Spotlight: Katy Dolan

Katy Dolan has volunteered at the Marine Discovery Center’s Welcome Center desk since 2013. A native of Hungary, Katy enjoys meeting guests at the center from around the world and from throughout the United States. She can speak or understand five languages and as an...

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New Smyrna MEC Records Salt-Marsh Milestone

New Smyrna MEC Records Salt-Marsh Milestone

by Lisa D. Mickey Earlier this year, the restored salt marsh at the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) in New Smyrna Beach recorded an important milestone. The on-site Mosquito Lagoon Marine Enhancement Center (MEC), a partnership between the Florida Fish and Wildlife...

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June Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Engelman

June Volunteer Spotlight: Susan Engelman

Native New Englander Susan Engelman first rolled up her sleeves to volunteer at the Marine Discovery Center in 2017 after retiring and relocating to Florida. She went from treating cancer patients as a radiation therapist in the Boston area to building oyster bags,...

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May Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Schmidt

May Volunteer Spotlight: Stephanie Schmidt

​You may see Marine Discovery Center intern Stephanie Schmidt pushing large barrels of salt water to the exhibition area or caring for the animals that reside in the tanks. Stephanie learned at the elbow of former MDC aquarist Charity Jackson and has had to step up...

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April Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Yeaton

April Volunteer Spotlight: Diane Yeaton

Diane Yeaton is one of the most veteran volunteers at the Marine Discovery Center, and the New Englander has been instrumental in the center’s growth, starting back in the early 2000s.Whether she was answering telephones at the center, leading fundraising efforts or...

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