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.

April 15, 2021: An Explorer’s Guide to Stormwater
9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.

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

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? Come join Marine Resources Council and City of Melbourne’s ECO Division on our last virtual field trip of the season on April 15, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. to find out the answers and learn how you can help prevent polluted water entering our Lagoon.

This virtual field trip session will introduce participants to the impacts human behavior and the best management practices for stormwater. Our special guest this month is Jennifer Thompson, Environmental Specialist with Brevard County Natural Resources Management Department. Jennifer will be out in the field to talk about stormwater drainage systems and Nicole Broquet will be showing MRC’s rain garden and alternative techniques to help clean and conserve water.

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, April 14.

This event is free but you must register. Please register for the event here and the Zoom link and login information will be in your confirmation email. We will also be sending reminder emails! The field trip presentation will be streamed live and available to watch through the MRC’s Facebook page. If you are experiencing technical difficulties or need to leave early, the program will be recorded and posted to the MRC’s YouTube channel the afternoon of April 15.

About Our Facilitators

Jennifer Thompson, Environmental Specialist with Brevard County Natural Resources Management DepartmentJennifer Thompson came to Florida in 1998 to attend Florida Institute of Technology. After obtaining a Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Biology and Ecology, she dedicated her life to improving Brevard County’s water quality, falling in love with the Indian River Lagoon. While working for local cities, Jennifer saw how much help the Lagoon needed and behaviors that residents could easily adopt to decrease pollution. She now works as an Environmental Specialist for Brevard County’s Natural Resources Management Department and helps design stormwater projects and their monitoring, inspects private stormwater systems across our county as well as at Brevard County facilities, enforces rules to stop pollution from entering our stormwater system, and tests water samples from the ocean, Lagoon, and stormwater bodies.

Nicole Broquet is the Director of Education at the MRCNicole Broquet is the Director of Education at the MRC. She joined the MRC after moving to Florida in 2019. Previously, she obtained her MS in Fisheries and Mariculture at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi. While in Texas, she combined her graduate studies with a two-year Peace Corps service in the Philippines as a Coastal Resource Management Specialist focusing on coral research, environmental management, and community outreach. She loves Florida’s diverse habitats and offering hands-on feet-wet programs for kids!


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.

March 11, 2021: Discover the Florida Scrub

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.