Forever Explorers

Let Marine Discovery Center’s certified naturalists engage you in a fun and unique educational exploration of the Indian River Lagoon and the flora and fauna that thrive here.

Forever Explorers is designed for young-at-heart, lifelong learners and is geared to offer outdoor opportunities for adults who want to explore and better understand their surrounding coastal environment alongside certified naturalists and scientists!

Participants will explore the roles of salt marshes, mudflats and various saltwater plants and animals by visiting different spoil islands on MDC’s pontoon boat, Discovery, as well as through kayak excursions, land-based programs, and conservation activities! Each participant will receive an Adventure Guide binder and pen to document their experiences.

This program features a spring and fall session, and each will conclude with an end-of-season gathering, slide show and prize drawing. There’s even wonderful Forever Explorers incentives for those attending multiple programs – 5 events earns a T-shirt; 10 earns a hat; 15 earns a water bottle; and 20 earns a pair of Costa del Mar sunglasses.

This program is only for participants 18+.
Boat (price includes meal):
$60 MDC Members | $65 Non-Members
Kayak (price includes snacks): $50 MDC Members | $55 Non-Members
Land: $8 MDC Members | $10 Non-Members
Conservation: Free (donations accepted)

Monthly program descriptions and registration buttons are below!

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FEBRUARY • PERFECT PLANTS

Boat – Monday February 12, 4pm-6:30pm | We will be visiting TWO islands during this hands on, feet wet adventure to explore the unique flora that thrive in the Indian River Lagoon. Dinner is provided!

Kayak – Wednesday February 21, 5:30pm-8pm |  Be the first to preview a brand-new kayak program coming to MDC! This tour will paddle through Browns’ Bay and land on Firecracker Island. This paddle adventure is not to be missed! Snacks are provided! This program departs from Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park at 700 Sandpiper St, NSB. – this date was changed from the 7th due to weather.

Land – Tuesday February 20, 1:30pm-3pm | Come to MDC for a brief public lecture from a Volusia County official on “Be Floridian Now”, a state-wide initiative to protect our rivers, lakes, and estuaries. By attending this lecture, you will leave with a bright prize from Lindley’s plant nursery.

Conservation – Monday, February 26, 1:30pm-3:30pm | Get an in-depth look at invasive species in Florida and take part in “bustin’ ” out some Brazilian Pepper at MDC Main Campus with our Conservation Science team. Brazilian Pepper Removal takes a team and we need your help! Please wear long sleeves and long pants to this event.

MARCH • SENSE FOR SCIENCE

Boat – Thursday March 7, 5pm-7:30pm | On this adventure, we will make a dusky island stop to explore the flora and fauna on south causeway sandbar and then climb back on the boat to compare our findings with what can be caught in the trawl net in the ICW. Dinner is provided!

Kayak – Monday March 25, 6pm-8:30pm | By the light of the moon, we will paddle through mangrove forest to Firecracker Island and explore how sound can inform our observations as scientists and adventurers. This program departs from Indian River Lagoon Preserve Park at 700 Sandpiper St, NSB.

Land – Tuesday March 12, 1:30pm-3pm | During this program, participants will learn ways to use their senses to identify some wonderful creatures that we have here locally. Guests will identify tracks, scat of some of our common animals, use hearing to identify sounds of nature, and smell to try to discover presence of certain species.

Conservation – Wednesday March 13, 9am-10:30am | • Get a taste of wild Florida by foraging for edible plants that grow in and around the estuary. After the edible plants workshop, we will be joining MDC’s SWAT (Site Work Action Team) to help maintain and beautify campus.

If you have any questions about this program,
please contact Carley Metcalf at [email protected] or 386.428.4828. 

Our Mission:

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