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.

Our next lecture: Wednesday, March 1 • 10am | Lunch and Learn at MDC with Audubon
Come join us on the grounds of the Marine Discovery Center on Wednesday, March 1 for a tour of the bird-plant garden with the Southeast Volusia Audubon Society (SEVAS) chapter. SEVAS installed the bird-friendly plants adjacent to the center’s restored salt marsh to attract birds and pollinators. Learn which plants were used for the garden, which birds the plants have attracted, and why these gardens are important to the ecosystem. The presentation is free and will take place at 10 a.m., followed by a bag lunch on the grounds at MDC with Florida Master Naturalist Lisa Mickey. For easiest access to our Bird Garden, please park in our large West parking lot. 

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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…

Invasive Species of Florida

April 16, 2020


August 20, 2020

Right Whales

January 21, 2021

Bird Migration

April 15, 2021

Florida's Springs

July 15, 2021

Sea Turtle Conservation

October 21, 2021

Migratory Birds

February 17, 2022

Timucua of Volusia County

May 19, 2022

Chatting with the Chads

September 15, 2022

Bird Walks at MDC

May 21, 2020

Florida Weather Myths

September 17, 2020

Horseshoe Crabs and Human Health

February 18, 2021

Honey Bees

May 20, 2021

Diamondback Terrapins

August 19, 2021

2021: A Year in Review at MDC

November 18, 2021

NSB Coastal History

March 17, 2022

Giant Ground Sloth

July 21, 2022

Climate Change & Coastal Resilience

July 16, 2020

Seahorse Research

October 15, 2020

Microplastics in the IRL

March 18, 2021

Manatees in the IRL

June 17, 2021


September 16, 2021

Right Whales

January 20, 2022


April 21, 2022


August 18, 2022

Our Mission:

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