Educational marine science and veterinary medicine programs tailored to all grade and experience levels.

Not Currently Offered In-Person

Programs can be provided virtually and will resume

in-person eventually. To inquire email us at

Marine Science 

Education Programs

On- and off-site programs for students of all ages from organizations, schools, and special groups. Instructors teach to the appropriate grade level to meet curriculum needs.


  • Education about dolphins and other marine mammals
  • Art activities, discovery labs, and dolphin observations
  • Learn about aquatic ecosystems, including mangroves and coral reefs
  • Lectures on conservation, ecosystem dynamics, and marine mammals
  • Hands-on experience with our invertebrate touch tank 

Course Examples

  • Invertebrate Touch Tank Lab
  • Animal Dissections
  • Ultimate Science Lab
  • Dolphin Anatomy Lab
  • Traveling Invertebrate Touch Tank (off-site)

Not Currently Offered In-Person

Programs can be provided virtually and will resume

in-person eventually. To inquire email us at

Introduction to

Marine Mammal Medicine Course

Provides students the unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in the veterinary care of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins at a managed care facility.

This week-long course is geared for college and graduate-level students who are studying or interested in veterinary medicine, veterinary technology, animal science, marine biology, or other animal-related field.


  • Daily hands-on learning experiences with Atlantic bottlenose dolphins
  • Lectures given by marine mammal veterinarian and animal care staff
  • Practical application of techniques and management tools
  • Small class sizes
  • Certificate awarded upon successful completion 

Participation Includes

  • Daily ultrasonography and physical examinations
  • Animal training and husbandry skills
  • Diet preparation
  • Laboratory techniques, treatments, and medications
  • Collection, preparation, and interpretation of diagnostic samples 

Course Details

Tuition $1,325 per person

(includes educational materials and nearby housing)

This application is open to current college or graduate-level students (and recent graduates)

To apply

We are not currently accepting applications.

  • Winter I: January 6th – 11th
  • Spring Break I: March 2nd – 7th
  • Spring Break II: March 9th – 14th
  • Spring Break III: March 16th – 21st
  • Spring Break IV: March 23rd – 28th
  • Spring Break V: March 30th – April 4th

Courses begin on Monday and end at noon on Saturday. Students must arrive to Key Largo on Sunday in order to check in to our accommodations.

Educational Outreach

IDC has a variety of educational opportunities. 

Therapy Programs 

Animal-assisted therapy where trained therapists individualize each session for the participant’s needs—both in the water and in the center. 


Internships & Practicums

Programs for animal care and volunteer practicums are available for students studying special education, behavior management, marine biology, and other innovative therapy modalities.

Field Trips 

Customized field trips for groups of all ages and sizes. 





We are happy to answer any questions you may have about the nature of our educational outreach programs.

‘The opportunity to learn is beyond my greatest expectation! Best course I have ever taken!”

– Former IDC Student

Our Donors

Virtual & Covid Frontline Workers Program in partnership with The Miami Foundation
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IDC Dolphin Virtual Visits

Virtual Dolphin Visits! Bringing the joy of spending time with the IDC dolphin pod to you. 

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Hours of Operation

Due to COVID, IDC is unavailable for in-person visitors. Virtual visits are available. Please email to reserve yours.

Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM

Sat-Sun 10AM-4PM