Get Involved - Learn More About The Environment

Citizen Science

“You teach me, I forget. You show me, I remember. You involve me, I understand.”
- Edward O. Wilson

Citizen science is scientific research conducted by amateur or nonprofessional scientists. Through many of our program, ORCA encourages college and high school students and well as the entire community to get involved in our work.

If you would like to find out more, ORCA is always looking for good volunteers. Whether you have scientific knowledge and skills or not, we need volunteers to help with all kind of projects.

If you think you would like to get involved, email We will send you an application and help match you to volunteer position that is just right for you.

Learn More About The Environment

Since its inception, Dr. Widder and the ORCA team have achieved exciting progress in using the latest science and technology to develop low-cost solutions for the analysis and monitoring of our polluted waterways. We are proud of our accomplishments, but are fully aware that our work is not complete until we can turn our scientific data into conservation actions. With rare exceptions, people do not intentionally cause water pollution. Pollution is an unintended consequence of many of our activities of daily life - and in reality, we all contribute to pollution. By just changing the things we do on land that leads to water pollution we can begin to stop water pollution at its source. In most cases these changes are simple, inexpensive and do not impact quality of life.

Please click here to view ORCA's informational pamphlet: Stopping Water Pollution at its Source or you can download and print it here.

Additional Resources can be found at the following links.

Florida Oceanographic Society

Marine Resources Council

Indian RiverKeeper

Environmental Learning Center

The Nature Conservancy


Waterkeeper Alliance






Studies show that protecting critical marine habitats -- such as coral reefs, seagrass beds and mangroves -- can dramatically increase fish size and quantity.

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