Monthly Public Lecture Series


Public Lecture Series

MDC’s Monthly Public Lecture Series provides a forum for the community to learn about Florida’s Coastal & Indian River Lagoon Ecosystems and surrounding habitats.  Qualified staff & guest speakers will share their knowledge about a vast array of topics including plants and animals, water quality, citizen science, local conservation efforts, and much more!

Our public lectures are FREE and open to the public but advance registration is required.

Astronomy | February 15
Derek Demeter, director of the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College, will present “Explore the Cosmos.” Demeter will discuss the wonders of the night sky with a short indoor presentation before leading guests outdoors to observe the various objects of the cosmos using a telescope. In the event of inclement weather, Demeter will present a longer indoor program on the latest discoveries of the James Webb Space Telescope.

Monarch Butterflies | March 21
Our presenter will be David & Susan Bruce. More details will be coming soon!

Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) |  April 18
Our presenter will be Missy Weiss of ORCA. More details will be coming soon!

Project Plankton | May 16
Our presenter will be Carley Metcalf, MDC Education Coordinator. More details will be coming soon!

Florida Native Plants | June 20
Our presenter will be Katie Tripp, Ph.D. More details will be coming soon!

Register online now!

Unless otherwise specified, our lectures will occur on the 3rd Thursdays at 6:30pm in our Learning Lab or outside at Hunter Amphitheater.
View some of our past public lectures below…

Conservation & Restoration

September 21, 2023

Florida Corals

May 18, 2023

Chatting with the Chads

September 15, 2022

Timucua of Volusia County

May 19, 2022

Right Whales

January 20, 2022

Sea Turtle Conservation

October 21, 2021

Florida's Springs

July 15, 2021

Bird Migration

April 15, 2021

Right Whales

January 21, 2021


August 20, 2020

Invasive Species of Florida

April 16, 2020

Canaveral Turtle Nesting

July 20, 2023

Giant Ground Sloth

July 21, 2022


August 18, 2022


April 21, 2022

Migratory Birds

February 17, 2022


September 16, 2021

Manatees in the IRL

June 17, 2021

Microplastics in the IRL

March 18, 2021

Seahorse Research

October 15, 2020

Climate Change & Coastal Resilience

July 16, 2020


April 20, 2023

NSB Coastal History

March 17, 2022

2021: A Year in Review at MDC

November 18, 2021

Diamondback Terrapins

August 19, 2021

Honey Bees

May 20, 2021

Horseshoe Crabs and Human Health

February 18, 2021

Florida Weather Myths

September 17, 2020

Bird Walks at MDC

May 21, 2020

Our Mission:

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