December Greetings from the Executive Director
Why Do You Give?
#GivingTuesday for the environment
This Giving Tuesday, December 1st, give to support environmental education, conservation, wellbeing in nature and fostering the connections we need to ensure a healthy environment. Host an online fundraiser, share our event or donate to our cause. Learn how you can contribute.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Wintergreen Night Lights Holiday Event
Due to overwhelming demand for our quick canoe trips in the magical lit mangroves, we have added additional days to our annual holiday event. Visit us on December 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19 from 6 to 9 pm. The event is FREE and open to the public, canoe trips are $10 per person and require advanced booking. Private canoe tours for groups and businesses are available.
IRL Report Card with MRC
December 8th at 12pm and 6pm the Marine Resources Council will present their third Indian River Lagoon Health Report Card.

Register to learn more about the health of our lagoon and what you can do to help.
Youth Holiday Market
On December 12th #ShopLocal and support young entrepreneurs with the Youth Homeschool Holiday Market hosted at the ELC!

You can gather your holiday gifts from arts and crafts to baked goods, granola, seedlings, jewelry and more. This market is an initiative to spark entrepreneurship in children. Your purchase will support their efforts!
Golden Sands Beach Cleanup #3
December 12th from 9 to 11am at Golden Sands Beach. Help pick up trash and clean the beach for our #NOAAPlanetStewards project!

This is the last in our 3 part series of beach cleanups collecting debris to create a trash art sculpture as part of the NOAA Planet Stewards education program.
*FREE* STEAM Program for IRC Middle & High School Students
December 28, 29, 30 - Explore the Indian River Lagoon, build a robot, and fly a drone! The ELC's STEAM immersion camp is supported by the Children Services Advisory Committee of Indian River County.

Pre-registration is required.
Full Moon Forest Therapy Walk
December 30, 5:30-7:30 pm. By way of moonlight, we’ll send off our messages to 2020 as we set intentions and wishes for the coming year.

This practice will help you unwind and tap into all of your senses for a truly immersive nature experience.
Walking Meditation Every 4th Sunday with Elise
December 27, 11 am to 12 pm. If our daily lives are about 'going to' or 'coming from' a walking meditation is simply about being here, happy to be alive!

We'll attune to nature through our five senses in the embrace of the Butterfly Garden.
SUPPORTING OUR MISSION
Sponsor Appreciation - Suds-N-Shine
Our sponsors play a vital role in the continuing success of the ELC! Locally owned, Suds-N-Shine Car Wash is helping to keep our Indian River Lagoon waters clean. Learn more about why they support the ELC and how you can help support them and the environment with a car wash.
ELC's Annual Appeal 2020
Everyone deserves a healthy planet. With your donation, we can do our part to help take care of it, and create more environmental stewards.  Read on to learn more about Wyatt, our young environmentalist, and how your donations support his learning and adventures at the ELC.
The ELC is sponsored by:
Volunteer Corner
December 14 - Volunteer Open House & Orientation for new and existing volunteers. Read all the latest volunteer information and updates below.
In Memory of Don Rhodes
The ELC was fortunate to have avid birder and photographer, Don Rhodes, leading our pontoon boat trips for one and a half years. He loved the water and spent a lot of time developing his pontoon guide information. His insightful storytelling and shared knowledge captivated his audience as they cruised the lagoon. The ELC family is grateful for his contribution to our organization and community, through sharing his love of nature and capturing its beauty.
DISCOVER NATURE
Learn about beauty berry and bald eagles. This month's species spotlight was written by teen volunteer William Briggs.
ELC NEWS
New ELC Van Wrap

The ELC van recently received an upgrade! We are looking for places around the Treasure and Space Coasts to park the van and spread the word about the great things happening at ELC. If you have a high visibility location, contact us.
LOOKING BACK ON LAST MONTH
The ELC honored the life and work of Alma Lee Loy and Bob McCabe with a ceremony and proclamation of lifetime achievement awards. View the full ceremony here.
Our first ever Lantern Walk was a huge success. Over 100 folks brought light into the darkness, connected with nature and had simple fun. See the pictures and smiles here.
One month left for talent entries!
This county wide talent contest is open to all ages! The deadline for entry is January 15, 2021. There is still time to show off your talent through this community event.
Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.
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