Virtual Field Trips

Virtual Field Trip: Helping Sea Turtles Survive!

September 23, 2021
9:00 to 9:45 am

Do you know all of the sea turtle species that visit our beaches? How old can a sea turtle get? Why is Brevard County an important place for sea turtles? To find out, join the Marine Resources Council (MRC) and the City of Melbourne ECO Division on September 23, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. for our first virtual field trip of the fall season! Our special guests, Susan Skinner and Dan Schaller with the Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS), will be out in the field to teach us about these amazing creatures.
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Brevard County beaches host nesting sea turtles each summer and are some of the most important nesting habitats in the world for loggerhead and green sea turtles. These living dinosaurs have been around for more than 100 million years, but now face a growing threat from humans. The Sea Turtle Preservation Society (STPS) works to protect sea turtles and their habitats, and each one of us can also do our part to help sea turtles survive.

Come check out the sea turtle rescue vehicle, take a virtual trip to the beach, and learn about the history, importance and stories behind these ancient reptiles found right along our coast! This 45-minute long virtual field trip is geared toward youth, but open to all ages. Participants will have the chance to ask questions through the Q&A box that will be answered toward the end of the presentation.

For more information about our Virtual Field Trips, please contact the MRC’s Nicole Broquet at nicole@mrcirl.org.


Past Virtual Field Trips

Among the Mangroves

February 18, 2021

Get ready to escape the classroom or your home by joining us on a virtual field trip to learn about one of Florida’s most amazing ecosystems, MANGROVES! This program will introduce you to the mangroves of Florida, how to ID each species, and why these trees are terrific. We’ll showcase our mangrove nursery, discuss restoration, and then plant a mangrove on the MRCs shoreline.

MRC Facilitators Nicole Broquet, Director of Education, and Caity Savioa, Director of Science and Restoration, are your guides during this 45-minute tour.

Discover the Florida Scrub

March 11, 2021

Join Megan Selva with the City of Melbourne Environmental Community Outreach (ECO) Division as she hikes through our local scrub ecosystem and interviews special guest Dustin Angell, Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station. Dustin will be at Archbold, a 9,000-acre pristine scrub ecosystem located in Venus, FL.

They will be exploring two separate scrub habitats to compare and contrast our coastal scrub here on the Atlantic Ridge to the inland scrub located on the ancient dune islands that make up the Lake Wales Ridge.

An Explorer’s Guide to Stormwater

April 15, 2021

Do you ever wonder what happens to all the rainwater when it falls? Where does it all drain to when it hits our roofs and roads? How does so much trash end up in our Lagoon? Join MRC and the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division to find out the answers and learn how you can help prevent polluted water entering our Lagoon.

Viewers will discover the impacts human behavior and the best management practices for stormwater. Our special guest is Jennifer Thompson, Environmental Specialist with Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department. Jennifer reports from the field on stormwater drainage systems, and Nicole Broquet tours MRC’s rain garden and offers alternative techniques to help clean and conserve water.

IRL Restoration Efforts

May 8, 2021

In this virtual field trip you’ll meet up with Nicole from the Marine Resources Council in Melbourne, Florida, for an overview of steps being taken to restore the Indian River Lagoon.

Nicole will first guide you through MRC’s mangrove nursery. You’ll see the three types of mangroves grown in the nursery and learn how to identify them. Nicole with also explain why it’s important to have mangroves on our shorelines. Later, Nicole will briefly discuss rain barrels and their importance in reducing stormwater runoff into the Lagoon. Finally, you’ll head down to the Lagoon shoreline and see more examples of mangroves, discuss the important of oyster prisms, and finally go over the importance of breakwaters for shoreline health.