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Celebrate Earth Month!                                             View this email in your browser
                                               
Coastal Center Mission Appeal - We Need Your Help Now! 
 
We hope that you are staying healthy and safe during this critical time of COVID-19. Closing the Coastal Center has impacted our Admissions and Gift Shop income dramatically. We are doing everything that we can to maintain our funding levels so that we can support our staff, care for our animals, continue the scientific research that powers our restoration programs, educate and inspire environmental stewardship, and advocate for our waterways.
 
You can help us now! Please consider supporting Florida Oceanographic today: 
Celebrating Earth Day 2020 

On April 22, 1970, 20 million Americans came together for the first Earth Day as one voice for protecting the planet. Now, 50 years later, we must keep that movement going. Earth Day 2020's theme is climate action. The time is now for each and every one of us to make changes and be personal stewards of Florida's ecosystems and the planet!

Here are a few things you can do to get started: 

Save Our Waters Pledge and Tips
April 22: Earth Day Cleanup  
 
This Earth Day, commit to doing a cleanup wherever you are! Visit our event page to join our personal stewardship challenge for a chance to win a special gift from Florida Oceanographic.

Follow us on Facebook for Earth month tips! 
 
Volunteer Appreciation Week 
 
National Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 19-25, 2020. Florida Oceanographic wants to thank all our volunteers for everything they do for us year-round! 

Check out what they accomplished in 2019!
Conservation & Restoration Programs 
 
Work continues on our FLOOR and FOSTER programs. The research team is busy conducting site visits and collecting data. They are also maintaining the 50 onsite seagrass nursery tanks that currently grow shoal, turtle and manatee grass. Since these are all seagrass species found in the Indian River Lagoon, this nursery area allows us to perform experiments to improve restoration efforts. 
 
Learn more about our FLOOR and FOSTER programs. 
 
Florida Oceanographic has partnered with the University of Central Florida to help identify which types of microplastics remain suspended in the surface water contents of the Indian River Lagoon.

Read more about this microplastic research.
 
At Home Lessons & Activities  

We want to ensure that your youngsters are still able to learn and cultivate a passion for the environment.

Get engaged with a variety of educational resources and activities geared towards at-home learning.

Activities Page
Check out our Latest Blog Posts! 

Brush up on your fish knowledge with these educational blogs: 

Sustainable Seafood

Healthy Ecosystems for Healthy Fish Populations

Gender Gyration in the Fish World
 
Volunteer Spotlight: 

“As a volunteer for Florida Oceanographic Society, I get to do marine conservation work, and be around people who are passionate about what they do – I love it! I feel like I’m making a difference.” - Russell Rothfeld

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Behind the Scenes: Animal Care   
 
The Animal Care & Life Support team at Florida Oceanographic stay busy every day caring for and feeding our 240 Animal Ambassadors. Get a glimpse into their day-to-day with these short clips: 

Food Prep

Stingray Feeding
Water Quality Monitoring
 
Did you know that Florida Oceanographic has been testing water quality parameters in the St. Lucie Estuary for over 20 years? This citizen science program collects data to generate a weekly water quality report. 

Check out recent Water Quality Reports 
Get Social (at a distance) with Us! 
 
Like and follow Florida Oceanographic on Facebook and Instagram to get updates and learn more about our Animal Ambassadors, conservation programs or Florida's coastal ecosystems.

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Florida Oceanographic Society's mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy. 

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890 N.E. Ocean Blvd. 
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