Field Trip Programs

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K-12 Field Trip Programs

Discover Amazing at MDC this school year with hands-on & feet-wet Marine Education Field Trip Programs that students will love.

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Homeschool Field Trip Programs

Homeschool Field Trip Programs

Experience the Indian River Lagoon in a whole new way!

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School Year Camps

Activities for ages 5-12 during Volusia County holiday breaks. Whether we are kayaking, boating, or exploring our restored salt marsh, discovery awaits at every turn.

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Summer Camps

Summer camps that explore the Indian River Lagoon through a variety of hands-on, feet-wet activities.

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Community Programs

Sea Squirts

The Sea Squirts Program introduces marine life to children ages 3-5 years. Adults will accompany their children to the program. Activities may include examinations of species both skeletal and alive, arts and crafts, stories, audio visual presentations, and games.

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Saturdays on the Marsh

Saturdays on the Marsh are designed to introduce sustainable practices into your household by educating on the designated topic and then demonstrating easy implementation. By providing a foundation of environmental mindfulness within your family unit, small practices can lead to big ideas that positively impact our community.

The take-away item will be crafted as a family and is intended to be used or enjoyed as a family. This workshop will inspire attendees to reuse and repurpose single-use items to make life at home a little more green.

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    Forever Explorers

    Forever Explorers is a brand new program that is especially designed for the young-at-heart lifelong learners who want to explore their coastal environment with certified naturalists.

    Whether you have retired and moved into our coastal community and want to learn about the new flora and fauna around you, or whether you have lived in Florida for many years and simply want to learn more about what you can do to protect and conserve the Indian River Lagoon, MDC hopes to help you have fun in a unique educational exploration.

    We plan to explore the roles of salt marshes, mudflats and various saltwater plants and animals in our ecosystem by visiting different spoil islands on MDC’s Discovery boat. We will get off the boat and explore marshes and sandbars, and use a seine net to identify different species.

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      Monday with Wild About Birds

      Join us on a select Monday of each month to learn about the interesting world of raptors.

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      Florida Master Naturalist Program

      The mission of the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP) is to promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Florida’s natural world among Florida’s citizens and visitors.

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      Our Mission:

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