Virtual Education Programs

MDC Virtual Education Programs

Join the MDC staff for a variety of online virtual programming all about the Indian River Lagoon!  From animals and plants to conservation science research and beyond, we’ve got programs that the whole family will enjoy.

Registration for these programs is FREE, but donations always are appreciated. We need your support to stay afloat!






We currently use the Zoom platform (as well as some Facebook Live) for our virtual programming. We want to assure you that we have been careful to enact all the safety protocols to make our Zoom experiences positive ones, and we will continue to monitor any safety and security updates.

Virtual Public Lectures

We are offering our popular monthly public lectures in an online-only format at this time. Each month we highlight a different topic and invite an expert guest speaker as a way to educate our community. We hope you’ll join us for these free informative programs.

Coming soon…

Diamondback Terrapins | August 19 at 7 p.m.
Diamondback Terrapins | August 19 at 7 p.m.

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“Diamondback Terrapins and Their Conservation in Florida” will the topic of the Marine Discovery Center’s August public lecture.

The program is free, but participants must set up a personal Zoom account to access the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Bradley O’Hanlon, reptile and amphibian conservation coordinator for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), will be this month’s guest presenter at the free webinar, set for Thursday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. Eastern.

Diamondback terrapins are the only fully estuarine turtle species in the world and may be found in this area’s Indian River Lagoon. In his discussion, O’Hanlon will cover the basic biology of terrapins, threats they face in the wild, and ongoing research to learn more about the species.

The webinar will also take a look at how the FWC is conserving the species’ habitat. The FWC is currently receiving public comment about proposed policy changes, giving webinar participants the opportunity to learn about potential rule recommendations and how to contribute to that process.

O’Hanlon has worked with FWC since 2016, providing input for reptile and amphibian policy and planning, including working with the state listing process and developing conservation plans for imperiled species.

Prior to joining FWC, O’Hanlon worked for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources on gopher tortoise projects and has a decade of herpetology experience in the Southeast.

Past Webinars

Invasive Species of Florida

April 16, 2020

Public Lecture: Coyotes

August 20, 2020

Public Lecture: Right Whales

January 21, 2021

Public Lecture: Bird Migration

April 15, 2021

Public Lecture: Bird Walks at MDC

May 21, 2020

Public Lecture: Florida Weather Myths

September 17, 2020

Public Lecture: Horseshoe Crabs and Human Health

February 18, 2021

Public Lecture: Honey Bees

May 20, 2021

Public Lecture: Florida's Springs

July 15, 2021

Public Lecture: Climate Change & Coastal Resilience

July 16, 2020

Public Lecture: Seahorse Research

October 15, 2020

Public Lecture: Microplastics in the IRL

March 18, 2021

Public Lecture: Manatees in the IRL

June 17, 2021

Virtual Florida Master Naturalist Program

The Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is an adult education UF/IFAS Extension program developed by the University of Florida and provided by many Extension offices and participating organizations throughout the state of Florida. FMNP training will benefit persons interested in learning more about Florida’s environment or wishing to increase their knowledge for use in education programs as volunteers, employees, ecotourism guides, and others.

Marine Discovery Center teaches the core Coastal module twice a year as well as several special topics throughout the year.

Traditionally these courses are taught in-person, but due to the restrictions brought about by COVID-19 we are implementing online-only and hybrid versions of our core and special topics.

Coming soon…

There are no online or hybrid courses available for registration at this time.
There are no online or hybrid courses available for registration at this time.

Please check back soon!

Past Programs

In Spring of 2020 MDC began a series of webinars to help engage the community while we all physically distanced and quarantined. Our Little Lessons were geared towards children in Pre-K – 2nd grade and were a combination of Facebook Live storytime sessions and webinars. Our Coastal Connections series showed viewers what MDC staff and volunteers do to protect and restore the vital habitats of the Indian River Lagoon and included topics that ranged from creature features and microplastics research to the plants and animals of shoreline restoration work and more.

While we no longer offer our Little Lessons and Coastal Connections webinars, we hope you will enjoy the recordings of these past programs.

Little Lessons

Marvelous Mollusks

April 8, 2020

Splendid Spinies

April 29, 2020

Jazzy Jellies

April 15, 2020

Stupendous Sea Turtles

May 13, 2020

Extraordinary Earth Day

April 22, 2020

Coastal Connections

All About Ecotones

April 9, 2020

Discover Estuaries

April 28, 2020

Virtual Marsh Walk

May 14, 2020

Horseshoe Crabs

May 21, 2020

Microplastics Galore!

April 10, 2020

Birds of the Salt Marsh

April 30, 2020

Mangrove Madness

April 16, 2020

Oh C.R.A.P.

April 14, 2020

Marsh Succulents

April 23, 2020

Oysters

May 7, 2020

Virtual Boat Tour

May 28, 2020

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