A DAY IN THE LIFE
OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON

A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon (ADIL) is a community-based, experiential research program designed to have students, teachers, community volunteers and environmental experts collaborate in the collection of water quality data and biological inventories along the Indian River Lagoon.

This project is designed to help students (grades 2-12)  and community members develop an appreciation for, and knowledge of, the Lagoon and the current health issues and stressors facing this estuary.

 

Each year thousands of teachers, environmental experts, students and community volunteers collect scientific data at various sites along the 156-mile stretch of the Lagoon – all on the same day in October. Volunteer citizen scientists use hands-on field techniques to measure chemical, physical, and biological parameters to determine how their local piece of the estuary fits into the larger ecosystem. Data such as, temperature, salinity, dissolved oxygen, pH, and nitrate and phosphate concentrations from all sampling locations are posted on the ADIL website. These data are available to the general public, including Indian River Lagoon decision makers. Teachers are encouraged to integrate ADIL data into school curriculum, science fair projects, and research projects throughout the school year. The results will help students and community volunteers build a better understanding of their local ecosystem’s ecological health and the relationship their site has to the entire watershed; essentially creating an environmental report card of the lagoon.

 

All schools and scientific organizations along the IRL are encouraged to participate in this hands-on educational opportunity and community collaboration.

 

4th Annual A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON will take place in October 2021

 

If you have questions about this project or are interested in getting involved, please contact Missy Weiss at: mweiss@teamorca.org

2020 Partners

 

Friends of St. Sebastian River

Florida Sea Grant

FWS Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

The Nature Conservancy at Blowing Rocks Preserve

Florida Department of Environmental Protection: Sebastian Inlet State Park

The Manatee Conservation and Education Center

City of Sebastian

Indian River County Stormwater Division

Oxbow Eco-Center

Environmental Learning Center

The River Center

Stella Maris Environmental Research

Brevard County IFAS

Florida Oceanographic Society

Central Florida Chapter of the Climate Reality Leadership Corp

Barrier Island Sanctuary

Martin County Environmental Quality Program

City of Satellite Beach

Florida Institute of Technology

Marine Resources Council

Brevard County Natural Resources: Stormwater

Indian River Lagoon Aquatic Preserves

Marine Discovery Center

US Fish and Wildlife Services: South Florida Ecological Services

Marine Oceanographic Academy Prep at Forest Grove

Surfside Elementary School

Sea Park Elementary School

Sun Grove Montessori School

Manatee Academy

Arbor Ridge K-8

Indian River State College Science Team

Brain Lab Tutoring

The Pine School

Sebastian Junior Charter School

Palm Pointe Educational Research School at Tradition

ORCA's Lagoon Guardians with the Homeless Children's Foundation of IRC

ORCA's Lagoon Guardians with Gifford Middle School

ORCA's Lagoon Guardians with Storm Grove Middle School

ORCA's Lagoon Guardians with Dasie Hope Center

AEMS Academy at Atlantic High School

St. Lucie West Centennial High School

Port Orange Homeschoolers Group

Lowe Family Brevard Calvery Co-op in Melbourne

Team South Beach

Rather Family

Sunrise Rotary Vero Beach

Rotary Vero Beach Oceanside

Girl Scout Troop 31017

TeamORCA staff and family

 

 

 

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Mailing Address: PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science: 2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office: 140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach.

 

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Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Mailing Address:
PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

 

inquiries@teamorca.org

ORCA is dedicated to the protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems and the species they sustain through the development of innovative technologies, science-based conservation action and community education and outreach.

 

Please help support our mission.

Connect with ORCA

Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Main Office:
PO Box 4291, Fort Pierce, FL 34948

Center for Citizen Science:
2515 Airport N Drive, Bldg B, Vero Beach, FL 32960

Engineering Office:
140 Tomahawk Drive, Unit 6, Indian Harbour Beach, FL 32937

 

P: 772.467.1600

 

inquiries@teamorca.org