Virtual Field Trips

Marine Resources Council and the City of Melbourne are teaming up to bring you Virtual Field Trips!

Join us every third Thursday at 9:30 a.m. through April as we live stream outdoors! Attendees are immersed in our local natural areas while learning about science, history, and conservation.

March 11, 2021: Discover the Florida Scrub
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

Attendance is free.
Open to all ages, but geared towards youth

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.

Come learn about the history and significance of these endangered ecosystems. This virtual experience will be 45 minutes long. We would like to thank Nicole Broquet, MRC’s Environmental Education Coordinator, for her support and expertise in making this virtual event possible.

The seminar will end with a live Q&A session, but we also recommend that participants please email any questions they might have that relate to this topic to the MRC’s Nicole Broquet at nicole@mrcirl.org by Wednesday, March 10.

This is a free virtual event, but you must register to receive the Zoom link and login information. If you are unable to register, we will be live streaming the event through the MRC’s Facebook page!

About Our Facilitators

Megan SelvaMegan Selva, Environmental Programs Coordinator for the City of Melbourne’s ECO Division, is a homegrown Floridian who began her environmental education career as a park ranger in Tampa after graduating from the University of Central Florida with a B.S. in Environmental Science and a B.A. in Spanish. She then moved to Washington State where she was immersed in a wooden boat building and sailing culture. She became a sailing and rowing instructor for youth programs and lived off-the-grid to learn the benefits of a sustainable lifestyle. Missing the sunny Florida weather, she landed a position at Archbold Biological Station starting off as an education intern and executive assistant to a research assistant at Archbold’s Buck Island Ranch where she gained experience in soil and vegetation research on a 10,000 acre working cattle ranch. Megan is proud to be working for the City of Melbourne as the new Environmental Programs Coordinator. She is currently a board member for the League of Environmental Educators of Florida.

Dustin AngellDustin Angell, Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station, is an environmental educator and conservation photographer living and working in the headwaters of Florida’s Everglades. As the Director of Education at Archbold Biological Station in Venus, FL, he builds community relationships and interprets ecological research for audiences of all ages. As an artist, he uses photography to document the science and conservation challenges of the region and the people trying to solve them. Dustin is the current President of the League of Environmental Educators in Florida.


View Past Virtual Field Trips

February 18, 2021: Among the Mangroves

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.