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

While we await the ability to have larger congregations of people again, we are offering our popular monthly public lectures in an online-only format. 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…

Microplastics in the Indian River Lagoon | March 18 at 7 p.m.
Microplastics in the Indian River Lagoon | March 18 at 7 p.m.

Presenters Dr. Linda Walters of the University of Central Florida, Dr. Holly Sweat of the Smithsonian Marine Station in Fort Pierce, Fla., and UCF graduate student Casey Craig will describe micro plastics and focus on their current research, which includes: citizen-science monthly data collections throughout the IRL; plastics in IRL oysters; and microbial communities (microbiomes) on the plastics.

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The program is free, but participants must set up a personal Zoom account to access the webinar.

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 Walks at MDC

May 21, 2020

Public Lecture: Florida Weather Myths

September 17, 2020

Public Lecture: Climate Change & Coastal Resilience

July 16, 2020

Public Lecture: Seahorse Research

October 15, 2020

Public Lecture: Horseshoe Crabs and Human Health

February 18, 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…

Coastal Systems: HYBRID online and in-person | March 22 - April 30
Coastal Systems: HYBRID online and in-person | March 22 - April 30

This hybrid online AND in-person module provides instruction through classroom, online (via Zoom), field trip, and practical experience on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida – Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and the various Nearshore Marine Environments. The program also addresses society’s role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.

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MDC’s Little Lessons Webinar Series

Little Lessons are geared towards children in Pre-K – 2nd grade and are a combination of Facebook Live storytime sessions and webinars.
We are not presenting new Little Lessons at this time, but please enjoy recordings of our past programs.

Past Webinars

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 Webinar Series

“Discover Amazing” as you join our talented staff for a closer look into what makes the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s coastal ecosystems so special. From creature features and microplastics research to the plants and animals of shoreline restoration work, you’ll learn what MDC staff and volunteers do to protect and restore the vital habitats of the Indian River Lagoon.
We are not presenting new Coastal Connections at this time, but please enjoy recordings of our past programs.​

Past Webinars

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


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."