A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon (ADIL) is an 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.

7th Annual A DAY IN THE LIFE OF THE INDIAN RIVER LAGOON will take place on October 10, 2024.

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

Watch this webinar to learn more! ADIL Webinar

2023 Partners

Atlantic High School
Beachland Elementary
Brevard County Homeschoolers
Brevard County Rotary Park in Merritt Island
Barrier Island Sanctuary
BrainLab Tutoring
Brevard County
Brevard County Stormwater
Brevard County Natural Resources
Brevard County Parks & Recreation: Riverwalk Nature Center
Brevard Zoo
Bridges Montessori
Central Middle School
City of Cocoa Beach
Cocoa Beach High School
Ecological Associates Inc.
Eau Gallie High School
Edgewood Junior-Senior High School
Environmental Learning Center
Florida Institute of Technology
Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation 
Galileo School for Gifted Learning
Gifford Middle School
Heritage High School
Hobe Sound Nature Center
Holy Trinity Episcopal Academy
Indian River County Stormwater Division
Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program
Indian River State College
Jensen Beach High School Earth Savers
John Carroll High School
Lowe Family
Marine Discovery Center
Marine Oceanographic Academy at Forest Grove Middle School
Marine Science Center 
Marine Resources Council 
Martin County High School
Martin County Public Works Department
Martin County Office of Tourism & Marketing
Modern Minds
New Smyrna Beach High School
Ocean Breeze Elementary
Palm Beach Homeschoolers
Pelican Island Audubon
The Pine School
Redeemer Lutheran School
River Center, Loxahatchee River District
Rockledge High School
Sea of Learning
Sebastian Charter Junior High
Sebastian River High School
Smithsonian Marine Station Southern
Space Coast Surfrider
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy
St. Edwards Upper School
St. John’s River Water Management District
St. Lucie West Centennial High School
St. Marks Academy
Stella Maris Environmental Research
Storm Grove Middle School
Sun Grove Montessori School
Sunlight Christian Academy
The Nature Conservancy at Blowing Rocks Preserve
Tradition Prep
UF/IFAS Extension Brevard County
UF/IFAS Extension Martin and St. Lucie Counties
UF/IFAS Extension St. Lucie County 4-H Program
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Vero Beach Elementary
Vero Beach High School
Volusia County School Environmental STEM Education