Marine Discovery Center

The Marine Discovery Center offers a variety of "hands-on and feet-wet" adventure camps for children four to 16 years old. Camp activities vary with age and type of camp but may include island island explorations aboard their 40-passenger floating classroom, lab investigations, arts and crafts, kayaking, fishing, snorkeling, SCUBA Diving, surfing and much more! Summer camps at the Marine Discovery Center are designed for children to experience the water. All camps will include island exploration, science experiments, marine-related arts and crafts, fishing, shoreline studies in our salt marsh, and a photo show of your child's week at camp! Each camp will offer a graduated experience that makes the camp unique and gives children something to look forward to each year. The Marine Discovery Center offers the following camps:

SALTY SCIENTISTS

Ages: 4-7   Price: $130    Max # of campers: 20
A three day camp about the salty sea creatures found off the Florida coast. It will include island exploration, fishing, marine related arts and crafts, and more!

WATER WARRIORS

Ages: 8-12    Price: $130    Max # of campers: 20
A three day camp designed to expand campers’ knowledge of the wonderful world of water. It will include island exploration, fishing, marine related arts and crafts, and more!

LOGGERHEADS

Ages: 4-7   Price: $215    Max # of campers: 20
Our youngest campers will learn about the plants and animals of the Indian River Lagoon through a variety of hands-on, feet-wet activities. This camp will take a field trip to tour the Ponce Inlet Lighthouse.

LEATHERBACKS

Ages:  7-9    Price: $230    Max # of campers: 20
Children in this camp will expand their knowledge of the plants and animals found in the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding coastal waters. This camp will take a field trip to tour the Marine Science Center.

MANGROVE MANIACS

Ages: 9-12    Price: $240    Max # of campers: 20
In this original MDC Camp, children will engage in a variety of activities, including kayaking, to develop their naturalist skills through interpretation of the Indian River Lagoon and coastal waters.  This camp will include archery and a field trip (location TBD).

ARCHERY

Ages: 8-12    Price: $150    Max # of Campers: 12
This camp introduces children to the basic skills needed to shoot a bow and arrow on a target range by certified USA Archery Level 2 instructors.  All equipment is provided through our partnership with Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network. This a half day camp (9:00 AM-12:00 PM) with the exception of July 1-3 (9:00 AM-2:30 PM).

FWC SALTWATER FISHING

Ages: 10-14    Price: $240    Max # of campers: 16
Students in this camp will learn about ethical angling, fisheries conservation, rods and reels, knot tying, casting, tackle, and fish morphology. Campers will also participate in archery and kayaking during this camp. All equipment is provided through our partnership with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

AQUATIC ADVENTURES

Ages: 10-14   Price: $315    Max # of Campers: 20
Campers will explore the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s coastal waters through various aquatic activities. Marine Discovery Center partners with other community organizations to introduce campers to surfing, snorkeling, kayaking, paddle boarding, and fishing.

LAGOONYS

Ages: 10-14 Price: $315 Max # of campers: 24
Participants will focus on snorkeling as a way to explore the Indian River Lagoon and Florida’s coastal waters. Students will snorkel in several different areas of the lagoon as well as several local springs to learn about the marine life in their natural habitats.

SCUBA

Ages: 10-16    Price: $315    Max # of campers: 16
This camp is designed for campers who are experienced snorkelers. The Marine Discovery Center partners with Sea Dogs Dive Shop to introduce campers to SCUBA diving. This camp will not result in SCUBA certification. *Additional health information is required for this camp.

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