THE LIVING LAGOON

ORCA’s Living Lagoon is a hands-on program for Indian River County students. Students work with ORCA scientists growing and propagating coastal vegetation at schoolyard nurseries for habitat restoration projects.

 

Students are exposed to the world of living shorelines through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and relevant hands-on components to their classroom learning. Using the school-based nurseries, students are taught how to help restore the Indian River Lagoon through the growth of native vegetation that is then planted along impaired areas of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) owned by the Indian River Land Trust.

 

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.

Solution-Based Projects: Habitat Restoration

 

The Living Lagoon Program supports ORCA's goal of using science to engage the local community in completing solution-based projects to restore the Indian River Lagoon and will provide valuable intertidal habitat for protected and endangered IRL species, nutrient and sediment removal, water quality improvement, carbon sequestration, wave attenuation, shoreline stabilization and storm protection; wetlands vegetation planted during this program will provide species habitat and nitrogen removal. ORCA hopes to expand this program to other IRL counties in order to develop a strong network of students dedicated to improved stewardship of our water-based life support systems.

 

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

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Duerr Laboratory for Marine Conservation

1420 Seaway Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34949

 

P: 772.467.1600     F: 772.467.1602

 

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 and science-based conservation action.

 

Please help support our mission.

ORCA’s Living Lagoon is a hands-on program for Indian River County students work with ORCA scientists growing and propagating coastal vegetation at schoolyard nurseries for habitat restoration projects.

 

Students are exposed to the world of living shorelines through STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) activities and relevant hands-on components to their classroom learning. Using the school-based nurseries, students are taught how to help restore the Indian River Lagoon through the growth of native vegetation that is then planted along impaired areas of the Indian River Lagoon (IRL) owned by the Indian River Land Trust.

 

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.

Connect with ORCA

Ocean Research & Conservation Association, Inc.

 

Duerr Laboratory for Marine Conservation

1420 Seaway Drive

Fort Pierce, FL 34949

 

P: 772.467.1600

F: 772.467.1602

 

inquiries@teamorca.org