Click Below for July Greetings from the ELC Team
Visit us at Boom on the Lagoon 4th of July Celebration
Presented by the City of Vero Beach
at Riverside Park on Sunday, July 4th from 5:00 - 9:00 PM

Don't Miss All the Fun at the ELC Tent!
Sizzling Summer Sustainability Tips
Pontoon Boat Trip + Nature Nook Gift Basket Giveaway
Family Games & Activities
And more!

Saturday, July 17. Head over to Walking Tree Brewery at 3 PM for the opportunity to dunk our Executive Director, Barbara Schlitt Ford, at the Walking Tree Brewery Staying Rooted 5 Year Anniversary Party! The dunk tank is to benefit ORCA (Ocean Research & Conservation Association Inc.) who lost their lease unexpectedly at their Fort Pierce location.
Join the ELC Cleanup Team!
Email your name and shirt size to
Nancy Puglio by July 19th.

Saturday, July 24. 8 am - 12:30 pm
Join the ELC Clean Up Crew! We look forward to hosting a waterway clean up site at the Wabasso Causeway for this year's Waterway Cleanup presented by the Marine Industry Association of the Treasure Coast.

This event is for all ages; perfect for students, service clubs, yacht clubs or anyone who wants to be part of the solution to pollution.
ELC Members-Only Guided Nature Tour at Captain Forsters Hammock Preserve

Wednesday, July 28. 8 am - 10 am
While visiting the Captain Forster Hammock Preserve, visitors will feel as if they have entered another time and place as they're enveloped in the majesty and splendor of the huge oaks in the maritime hammock.

Captain Forster Hammack Preserve is located at: 8650 Jungle Trail, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Saturday, July 3. 10 am to 2 pm. #Shoplocal and support a group of dynamic and inspiring youth who create a wide variety of super cool products.

Shop from homemade baked goods, granola, tree seedlings, arts and crafts, jewelry, heating bags, and much more!
Sunday, July 25. 11 AM - Noon
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.

3 person minimum to hold class.
Remember that the ELC is open for you to drop in anytime
7 days a week M-F 8 am - 5 pm, Sat. and Sun 8 am - 4pm.

Perseid Meteor Shower & Star Party at the ELC
Saturday, August 7th | 7 pm - 10 pm
Free with paid Admission to ELC

Join us for one of the best cosmic events of the year! The Perseid Meteor Shower & Star Party at the ELC will offer viewing from high-powered telescopes, a space-themed presentation, story time and a craft for children, and more!

This year’s shower will be particularly spectacular because it coincides near the new moon, making the sky exceptionally dark for optimal viewing. Just bring a blanket or lawn chair, along with a pair of binoculars if you’d like.

Due to inclement weather during this time of year, a backup date has been reserved for this event on Saturday, August 14th.
Summer Camps & Programs Are In Full Swing

Our diverse array of summer camps are filled to capacity! We are hosting two busy sessions of our Lagoon Island Adventures for elementary age campers, as well as middle and high school STEAM Immersion mini-camps. We are also partnering with the Boys and Girls Club in Fellsmere this summer hosting middle school girls for their own intensive STEAM Explorers Program. We are just wrapping up our Literacy on the Lagoon program in partnership with the School District of IRC and the Learning Alliance. We have also had a great turnout at our Little Wonder's Program for toddlers age 18 months to age 4. Lots of “hands on, feet wet” summertime fun happening here at the ELC! 
Artist Meet and Greet
with Jessica Hanson & Chad Periman
Special thanks to our Beverage Sponsor: Beach Bites

It was a beautiful evening showcasing the amazing nature-inspired art from local artists, Jessica Hanson and Chad Periman. Attendees enjoyed strolling through the ELC's Tidal Gallery and Lagoon Room, connecting with other local art lovers, and even purchasing a masterpiece to take home!
Check out the Artist Series lineup
August 2021 - May 2022
Come meet the ELC's newest resident: a Diamondback Terrapin!
Written By: Clara Masseau, ELC Intern
Terrapins are a type of turtle that lives in brackish coastal waters such as estuaries, salt marshes, swamps, lagoons, and mangrove thickets.

Diamondback terrapins have top shells that vary dramatically in color and design. Their name is derived from the diamond shaped plates on their carapace (the top part of their shell). Their reptilian skin is grayish with darker spots and webbed at their feet for swimming.

Females grow to be almost twice the size of males, up to 25cm, and males getting up to 14cm. They eat crustaceans, mollusks, and vegetation and enjoy softer soil or sand for nesting.

Our terrapin is a new resident of the Environmental Learning Center's Discovery Station as it was rescued by the Florida Wildlife Hospital and deemed non-releasable by Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

We are still looking for a name, so please send suggestions to! We will select the top choices for a social media vote in July!
"Take only memories, leave only footprints."

Now is the time for us to revamp our beloved campus, and you can be a part of it. People of all ages visit the ELC every year and leave the same footprints on our boardwalks and trails. We want to continue to inspire those people who have walked our campus and share our passion for the environment while encouraging others to get outside and immerse themselves.

When you purchase a plank, you will be leaving your mark on campus while helping the ELC revitalize its infrastructure so we can continue to be the place where memories are made.

  • Give a gift to a loved one.
  • Celebrate a special occasion.
  • Honor a person or pet.
  • Commemorate a family vacation or memory.
  • Display your business' commitment to the environment.
  • Support our mission to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being!

Thomas. R Schidel Education & Event Pavilion
Leave a legacy and further our mission by pledging your support
Naming Opportunities

Alfresco Kitchen Living Wall Trellis
West Side Alfresco Living Wall Trellis
$15,000 each or $25,000 for both

Tree surrounding Education & Event Pavilion (18) Available
$5,000 each
Help Bring our Discovery Station to Life!

We are moving forward with the transformative Discover Station ecosystem flooring project in August!

Our goal is to provide an immersive, educational ecosystem flooring in our Discovery Station. Imagine our Discovery Station with brighter, artistic and colorful flooring showcasing the many ecosystem habitats around the Environmental Learning Center.

Naming Opportunities
Your name could be painted in the epoxy ecosystem flooring as well as displayed on Discovery Station signage!

Sponsor One Ecosystem - $7,000
We love our sponsors and sharing their stories with our network. Our 2021 sponsorship packages are full of perks to get your organization recognized for your commitment to nature.
Check out the latest news, activities and volunteering opportunities.
Critters on the ELC Campus
When you visit the ELC, keep an eye out for marsh rabbits! These little critters are found near marshes and swamps of coastal regions of the Eastern and Southern United States.

Cool Fact: They're strong swimmers!
What's all the buzz about?
While out hiking the Fort Drum Conservation area, this awesome beehive was spotted high in a cypress tree. Bees are so important to our environment and they help humans in so many ways so it is wonderful to see such a beautiful hive.
Our mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.

Thank you for the many ways you support our critical mission.
We simply couldn’t do it without you!

The ELC is sponsored by:
Archie S. Wingfield Jr. Charitable Trust
Susan Kasten
Richard and Laura McDermott
William and Laurie Stewart
Jim and Virginia Sourbeer
Alice and Ronald Hall
Dale Sorensen Real Estate
Hair by Talia
Robert and Margaret Martin
Mr. Robin Dunlap
Bob and Joan Peirce
Donald and Pamela Barr
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