June 2023

By Jim Moir
Chair, Board of Directors
Kids for Conservation
are Cool
More and more young people in east central Florida are advocating for one of
Earth’s greatest natural treasures, the Indian River Lagoon.
Marine Resources Council (MRC) is spending the summer inspiring Kids for
Conservation. And, on Saturday, September 16, we’re dedicating International Coastal Cleanup Day along the lagoon to kids! It’s the Kids for Conservation 10,000!
  • Our goal is to remove 10,000 pounds of litter that day.
  • Be sure to register and bring the kids! Visit LoveTheIRL.org.
  • Kids for Conservation inspire others to protect nature, rather than hurt it.
  • Tell us what kids are doing to protect their lagoon, so we may share your story; send an email to [email protected].

Over the summer, MRC will be sharing with you stories about Kids for Conservation.

My son Colton was an early member of RiverKidz. RiverKidz was founded by a
dynamic young duo, Evie Flaugh and Naia Mader, who decided to help their adult
friends at Rivers Coalition stop Lake Okeechobee discharges into the southern

What started as a lemonade stand now is an army of young advocates, who develop
poise, self-confidence, and effective public speaking skills, while becoming the
conservation leaders of tomorrow. My son Colton earned his degree in
business, but he told me that he gained skills in public speaking through RiverKidz, and his love of the environment through the lagoon.

Over the summer, MRC will tell you about these and other stories (we hope you will
tell us more about other Kids for Conservation by sending us an email at
  • A Kids for Conservation family taking weekly water samples in the lagoon.
  • Hook Kids on Fishing, hooking kids on conservation through fishing.
  • Edna Wilson, a grown up kid, who is living her Kids for Conservation dream.
  • And, kids who are building robots to protect the Indian River Lagoon.
Special thanks to our Kids for Conservation Premier and Presenting Donors!
MRC Executive Director Search Underway
As MRC prepares to assemble the leaders of the community for its 21st Indian River
Lagoon Action Assembly in 2024, we have launched our search for our third executive director. Columns Fundraising is working with our Board of Directors and core crew to
strategically approach the next, and most important phase of our mission: to protect, restore, unite, and promote the Indian River Lagoon coastal community of east central Florida. We will keep you posted on progress. You can always share your thoughts and insights at [email protected].
MRC is located at Ted Moorhead Lagoon House

Call 321.725.7775 if you care to visit or arrange a tour
Events Calendar
June 6 - Lunch & Learn - Reflections on the Lagoon
June 10 - Mangrove Workshop - MRC St. Sebastian River Greenway Nursery
Marine Resources Council
3275 Dixie Hwy NE, Palm Bay, FL 3905 | (321) 725-7775 | www.SaveTheIRL.org