Special Events and Promotions Start Summer at the ELC

The Environmental Learning Center has exciting events and programs to start the summer.  From now until September 1st, they offer a buy one get the second one at half-price promotion on their award-winning pontoon boat eco-tours and paddle rentals.   Guests can call 772 589-5050 to book these special price reservations.   

The ELC is participating in the Blue Star Museum initiative, which provides free admission to active-duty military personnel and their families from Armed Forces Day, May 18th through Labor Day on September 1st.  

The last Brown Bag Lunch and Learn of the season is Wednesday, May 29th at 12:00 PM. Environmental Educator Sharon Tyson will share her insights into the intriguing world of manatees in the wild, examining behavior and the management challenges facing this endangered species.  This event is free for ELC members. Guests can pay $10 admission and attend the talk as well as explore the campus before or after lunch.  

Summer Camp begins June 3rd for nine one-week sessions and there are still a few openings for 1st through 8th graders.  It is a great opportunity for students to have a “hands-on feet-wet” adventure and learn about native Florida wildlife and ecosystems.   Details and registration information are on the ELC website. 

The ELC will celebrate National Get Outdoors Day, also known as GO Day, by offering FREE admission to everyone on Saturday, June 8th.    This nationwide event is held on the second Saturday in June and is sponsored by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable and the U. S. Forest Service.  Everyone is welcome to enjoy the trails and boardwalks, picnic areas, Mud Kitchen, and Imagination Station, and visit the Discovery Station and Touch Tank.   

On June 12th, 4:00-6:00 PM, the ELC will host the author of “Haunted Indian River County” Larry Lawson for a book talk and signing.   The author will have books for sale and share the experiences he had that motivated him to write the book.    

On Sunday, June 16th, the ELC will have an additional FREE admission day to celebrate Father’s Day.  Visit the ELC website to join one of the May or June scheduled Guided Kayak Excursions and see more events on the public calendar.   

The ELC’s mission is to educate, inspire, and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their well-being. Founded 36 years ago, the ELC is committed to sharing the importance of protecting and restoring natural resources. From toddlers to teenagers and adults, the ELC has opportunities for learning through outdoor adventures, eco-tours, wellness classes, Brown Bag Lunch and Learns, and special events including a nature-inspired art exhibit series. The 64-acre non-profit island nature center is located at the western edge of the Wabasso Bridge on County Road 510. Whether you are looking to relax in nature or engage in activities and educational opportunities, the ELC is open seven days a week to welcome you. Please note, the ELC will be closed on Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day. Visit www.DiscoverELC.org or call 772 589 5050 for more information.

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