CITIZEN SCIENCE & EDUCATION

ORCA’s citizen science program educates and engages community members in solving the problems that are leading to the degradation of the Indian River Lagoon.

Our educators and scientists train citizen volunteers to participate in different components of our research programs and initiatives.  This approach allows us to uniquely involve residents of all ages in measuring and monitoring local environmental conditions, identifying pollution in and around the lagoon, and arming and activating their own community to address these problems and develop solutions.

 

CITIZEN SCIENCE PROJECTS

One Health Fish Monitoring

 

The OHFM project looks at the transfer of toxins and toxicants from the Indian River Lagoon and surrounding waterways into fish in order to estimate potential exposures to humans.

Living Shoreline Monitoring

 

Living Shorelines are a restoration technique used to stabilize and accrete shorelines,  improve water quality, and provide habitat for plants and animals.  Citizen scientists will assist in the construction and monitoring of ORCA's living shorelines to better understand the benefits these habitat restoration projects provide to a shoreline.

Pollution Mapping

 

This project asks teams of citizen scientists to seasonally monitor and analyze water and sediment samples from various sample sites throughout the lagoon to help identify the sources of pollution and stop those contaminants upstream, prior to entering the system.

Vital Signs: Monitoring Life in the Indian River Lagoon

 

ORCA's Vital Signs project assesses the environmental health of specific areas of the Indian River Lagoon by monitoring the health and survival of sentinel species such as oysters and clams.

SCHOOL Programs

Our participatory educational experiences were developed to bridge the gap between citizen science and education by offering students of all ages, the opportunity to engage in real-world science and citizen science that challenges them to problem solve, inquire, engage, and think critically.

A Day in the Life of the Indian River Lagoon

 

This annual, long-term project is designed to help students (grades 4-12) develop an appreciation for and knowledge of the IRL by collecting valuable biological, chemical, and physical parameters of an adopted sampling location.  The data collected will provide a better understanding of current health issues and stressors facing this waterway.

School Lessons

 

ORCA works with schools, homeschoolers, scouts, and community organizations across the Treasure and Space Coasts to provide both classroom and field-based lessons that are exploratory, educational, inspiring, and impactful.

Kilroy Academy

 

Kilroy Academy is a collection of educational resources that provides area educators and students an innovative way to engage with live Kilroy data in relevant, real-world learning to help the local ecosystem and understand the complexity of the challenges our planet is facing.

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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

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.

ORCA is a non-profit, non-governmental conservation organization tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) IRS. Contributions are tax-deductible.

 

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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