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 4-12)  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.

 

5th Annual A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON will take place in October 2022

 

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

2021 Partners

 

ORCA

Marine Discovery Center

Volusia County Marine Science Center

Florida Fish & Wildlife

Marine Resources Council

Brevard Zoo

Brevard County Parks; Riverwalk

Stella Maris Environmental Research

The Manatee Conservation & Education Center

IRL Aquatic Preserves

Florida State Parks: Sebastian Inlet State Park

University of Florida: IFAS Ext of Brevard County

City of Sebastian

Friends of St. Sebastian River

Environmental Learning Center

Indian River County Stormwater Division

US Fish & Wildlife Services

Hobe Sound Nature Center

The River Center- Loxahatchee River District

Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse Outstanding National Area

The Nature Conservancy at Blowing Rocks Preserve

University of Florida: IFAS Extension St Lucie 4-H Program

Brevard County Natural Resources

Indian River State College Science Team

City of Cocoa Beach

Environmental Studies Center

Surfrider Foundation Space Coast Chapter

Ecological Associates

Indian Riverkeeper

Martin County High School

SLW Centennial High School

Pine School

AEMS Academy at Atlantic High School

Storm Grove Middle School

Sebastian Charter Junior High

Sunlight Christian Academy of Port Saint Lucie

All About Achieving

Sungrove Montessori

St. Andrew's Episcopal Academy

Jensen Beach HS Earthsavers

Martin County Homeschoolers

Cocoa Beach High School

Martin County Ecosystems Division

St. Edwards Marine Research Club

Brevard County Homeschoolers

Jupiter Homeschoolers

 

 

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

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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