Where people & ideas come together
to understand and explore the Indian River Lagoon!
Join us as we bring awareness to conservation issues impacting the Lagoon and our community through the sharing of student and professional programs and projects that are making a difference.
This year’s event will be held at…
Brannon Center at 105 S Riverside Drive in New Smyrna Beach.
Attendance is FREE and open to the public. Click the “Register to Attend” button above to sign up.
Presentation submissions for a 5-minute lightning oral presentation or a poster presentation are open to undergraduate and high school students only. Accepted presentations will be announced on March 7, 2024; deadline for Applications is 5:00 PM on February 27, 2024.
If you would like to be a judge, please click the “Register to Attend” button above and select “Judge” as your option.
A collaborative event that engages the community in the sharing of research, education and conservation efforts centered around the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding coastal ecosystems
An opportunity for high school and undergraduate students to work with faculty and other professionals to share their research ideas, projects and programs
A cross section of scientists, artists, educators, conservationists, business leaders, policy makers, and other stakeholders focused on the management, care and conservation of the IRL and surrounding coastal ecosystems
Clay Henderson has had a long career as environmental lawyer, educator, and writer. He has served as president of Florida Audubon Society and Florida Trust for Historic Preservation. Until his retirement in 2019, he served as Executive Director of the Institute for Water and Environmental Resilience at Stetson University. He was elected to two terms on the Volusia County Council and served on the Florida Constitution Revision Commission.
Henderson is most associated with wildlife and land conservation. He sponsored most of the environmental provisions in Florida’s Constitution including the creation of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and co-authored the Florida Water and Land Legacy Initiative, the largest conservation funding program our nation’s history. He was also a leader in the development of Florida’s signature land acquisition programs including Preservation 2000, Florida Forever, and Florida Communities Trust, and negotiated the acquisition of over 300,000 acres of conservation lands. His new book Forces of Nature (University Press of Florida) is an environmental history of Florida, and winner of the 2023 Stetson Kennedy Book Award.
Henderson has been recognized for his body of work including the national public service award from The Nature Conservancy, lifetime achievement awards from the Marine Resources Council, Florida Trust for Historic Preservation, and Bill Sadowski Memorial Award from the Environment and Land Use Section of the Florida Bar.
Clay will be available for a signing of his book, Forces of Nature, at this event. Reserve your copy today!
"To protect and restore Florida's coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."