The Florida Oceanographic Society is leading efforts in research, monitoring and restoring habitats in South Florida, particularly in the southern portion of the Indian River Lagoon. The Indian River Lagoon is North America’s most bio-diverse estuary, home to more than 4,300 species of plants and animals, including 36 rare and endangered species. A key component of our programs is the involvement of the community in our efforts. We coordinate several programs in which volunteers are directly involved in research and data collection. This information is then disseminated directly to our local community. It is our hope that these "citizen science” programs foster not only knowledge, but stewardship of our treasured ecosystems in Florida.