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…

Public Lecture: Sharks | June 18, 7:00 p.m. EDT
Public Lecture: Sharks | June 18, 7:00 p.m. EDT

Registration info coming soon!

New Smyrna Beach is often called the “shark-bite capital of the world” because surfers frequently encounter sharks while surfing alongside the rock jetty at Ponce Inlet. Join Beth Bowers, a Ph.D. candidate in integrative biology at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science at Florida Atlantic University, who will discuss blacktip sharks (the species most often spotted during these encounters) and their prevalence on Florida’s east coast.

Past Webinars

Invasive Species of Florida

April 16, 2020

Public Lecture: Bird Walks at MDC

May 21, 2020

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.

Coming soon…

Storytime with Ms Rachel | Mondays & Fridays, 10:00 a.m. EDT
Storytime with Ms Rachel | Mondays & Fridays, 10:00 a.m. EDT

Science and stories join forces to offer a chance to learn about the amazing creatures in our coastal waters. Stories will vary and be geared toward preschool age, but all ages are welcome!  Storytime with Ms Rachel will be via Facebook Live on our MDC Facebook Page.

Past Webinars

Marvelous Mollusks

April 8, 2020

Splendid Spinies

April 29, 2020

Jazzy Jellies

April 8, 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.

Coming soon…

At this time, our Coastal Connections webinars have concluded for Spring 2020. We hope to resume webinars again in the fall.

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."