New Welcome Center…

As  we approach our 33rd Anniversary, Dolphin Research Center has already begun one of the most exciting, ambitious ventures in our long history.  We have broken ground on our new Welcome Center that will have over 6,900 feet of space and represents our commitment to DRC’s future. Because our future is grounded in our past, and our heart and mission remain the same, we are dedicating this Welcome Center as a lasting legacy to our co-founders, Jayne Shannon Rodriguez & Mandy Rodriguez. 

This project has a total cost of over $1,000,000.  We have already received a grant for $421,000.  Additionally, we were able to raise $190,000 through our Founders’ Weekend Celebration. You can choose to make a one-time payment or a two year pledge. Your support of $1,000 or more will be acknowledged on a beautiful dedication plaque that will hang in the Welcome Center. Please contact me at sandy@dolphins.org or (305) 289-1121 ext. 205

The new building will include additional ADA-compliant second floor office space, classroom and a multi-functional space that can be used to entertain guests during rainy days and other events.  Exhibits will include large visuals to demonstrate the magic of DRC through a focus on ‘family’ in relation to the dolphins and sea lions, the staff and the visitor experience. There will be new restrooms and separate Ticketing, Retail and Photo Sales areas.  All of these facilities will make our check in and purchasing experiences more efficient. 

To all our extended family, we thank you for your dedicated partnership and hope that you will continue to honor us with your incredible support. We are confident that this project strengthens DRC and our drive to honor the past while pursuing a bright and prosperous future.

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Our Mission - Through education, research and rescue, Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment we share with the well being of DRC's animals taking precedence.