June Greetings from the Executive Director
Happy Summer everyone! The ELC is certainly humming with activity!
Read my blog post to learn about everything going on at the ELC right now.
Spring Appeal
Your support makes an impact

Your donation makes a difference. Read about a small sampling of the success stories we celebrate because of your support. As we continue to set new goals it is exciting to know you are behind us 100%. Your tax-deductible donation is an investment towards the future of The ELC.

Please help us raise the additional $35,500 during the month of June with a donation that is meaningful to you that will help us during this particularly challenging fiscal year.
Pavilion Match Fund
Double your impact with the Pavilion Match fund!

Please consider doubling your donation by contributing to the $50,000 Tim & Carol Buhl donation match goal for the pavilion finishing touches. A huge thank you to those who have donated so far!
Summer Camps
Spots are almost all gone!

  • Take a pontoon trip to a spoil island for a splash
  • Canoe through the mangroves on the Indian River Lagoon
  • Become a marine biologist seining in the water
  • Outdoor learning and fun every day

Register soon to secure your spot.
June 5. 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!
Mondays in June. 9-10 am
This special series of mindful meditation classes include the presentation, experience, and discussion of four primary mindfulness meditation practices.

The class is lead by a skilled instructor, Steven Flynn. Free with admission
June 23. 10-11:30 am and 12-1:30 pm. A free nature enrichment and early literacy program for children 18 months to 4 years old and their parents, grandparents, and guardians.

Learning in natural environments provides a rich context for language skill development, and the ELC campus offers an array of learning opportunities with access to natural features.
June 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.
Aug 4-6. Only a few spots left for our 3 day program in August. July classes are sold out.

The program will focus on building skills and career interests in the areas of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.  Students must be enrolled in an Indian River County school and may attend only 1 session per academic year (October 2020 to September 2021).
Artist Meet & Greet

June 19, 2021 | 5 to 7 pm

Join ELC and friends for a cocktail party event to meet artists, Jessica Hanson and Chad Periman. Learn more about the inspiration and meaning of their artwork before the closure of their exhibits at the end of June.
Free event with a suggested donation of $5
Jessica's art incorporates "every color in the box" to express her love for the rich colors in nature. As a Vero Beach resident, a treasure trove of biodiversity and breath-taking landscapes is right outside her front door providing inspiration.
Chad's contemporary art includes recycled and repurposed sculpture, mixed media assemblage, and photography. The medium is the subject, which speaks as a visual meditation through a mantra of shapes and colors to convey its truth.
Water Pollution
written by Junior Interpreter, Nicholas Angelastro, Age 13
Indian River County Fertilizer Ordinance in Effect
We love our sponsors and sharing their stories with our network. Our new 2021 sponsorship packages are full of perks to get your organization recognized for your commitment to nature.
The ELC has completed the financial reporting for the fiscal year
July 1, 2019-June 30, 2020.
Check out the latest news, activities and volunteering opportunities.
Literacy on the Lagoon Returns

Literacy on the lagoon is a program the ELC participates in in partnership with The Learning Alliance of Indian River County.

"Literacy on the Lagoon and Literacy in Motion are innovative, engaging summer camps provided in partnership with the Environmental Learning Center and the Vero Beach Museum of Art. These camps combine hands-on, multisensory learning experiences with the carefree fun of attending summer camp. The camps run 5 days a week for 4 weeks." -The Learning Alliance
ELC Bird Box Residents. More exciting new visitors to the ELC bird boxes - a Wood duck with eggs, and three Red-bellied woodpecker eggs! Amazingly, wood ducks can lay 12-20 eggs and time the incubation of the hatch down to all of the eggs hatching within 24 hours.
New Pontoon Tour. ELC Staff member Jenn Satterly photographed this manatee on the St. Sebastian River munching on some shoreline grasses early last Sunday morning. These aquatic mammals are herbivores, meaning they only eat vegetation and do not consume meat.
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