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

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)

Veterinary Medicine and Vet Tech Courses

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


  • Veterinary lectures
  • Daily hands-on learning experiences 
  • Practical application of techniques and management tools
  • Small class sizes
  • Certificate awarded upon successful completion 

Participation Includes

  • Ultrasonography and physical examinations
  • Animal training and husbandry skills
  • Diet preparation
  • Laboratory techniques, treatments, and medications
  • Safety protocols
  • Report writing
  • Collection and preparation of diagnostic samples
  • Pathology interpretation of lab results 

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

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Hours of Operation

Mon-Fri 8AM-5PM

Sat-Sun 10AM-4PM