The Living Lagoon

ORCA's Living Lagoon Program exposes students to the world of living shorelines. The program provides STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities for local students and provides a relevant hands-on component to their classroom learning. The Living Lagoon is the evolution and expansion of ORCA's technology, research and education programs. Our established programs provide information to identify sources of pollution in waterways and emphasize involving the community to complete environmental monitoring and to find solutions to environmental challenges.

The mission of the Living Lagoon Program is to develop a community of Indian River County students dedicated to improved stewardship of our water-based life support systems. The Living Lagoon Program provides the platform to teach students how to help restore the Indian River Lagoon through a school nursery program where students grow native vegetation to be planted along impaired areas of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL).

Four partner schools in Indian River County, FL were chosen to participate in the first year of the program during the 2017-2018 school year. The program includes the design and construction of school nurseries, the propagation and care of important IRL vegetation (with a highlight on salt marsh cordgrass), monthly visits from ORCA education staff focused on IRL topics and student/community participation in living shoreline plantings along the IRL.

The Living Lagoon Program fits directly into ORCA's goal of using our science to find solution-based projects on the Indian River Lagoon.

Although in its fledgling year, the Living Lagoon has been designed to grow and we hope to expand to other IRL counties during future schoolyears.

To learn more about our habitat restoration work, visit our Habitat Restoration page.

Living Lagoon Program Partners
Indian River County Children’s Services Advisory Committee






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