March Greetings from the Executive Director
2021 FUNDRAISER
ENVIRONMENTAL INSIGHTS
The Paris Climate Agreement:
What is it, why did we leave, why did we go back?

In this informative white paper, Chair of the ELC Board of Directors, Don Barr, explains the Paris Agreement and its implications for the US.
UPCOMING EVENTS
LAGOON ISLAND ADVENTURE SUMMER CAMP

Registration for ELC members now open!
General registration opens on March 5th.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR'S MARKET
March 6 - 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!
HOMESCHOOL CLASSES
Tuesdays & Thursdays in March
There is something fishy here! Our homeschool classes will have students exploring the world of fish.

Learn what makes a fish a fish and go seining net fishing to see which fish live in the Indian River Lagoon!

Registration is still open for Thursday classes.
A SENSE OF PLACE
March 11 - Florida will be in the spotlight for the final week of A Sense of Place series.

It's not too late to sign up and receive the readings for our Thursday event where we explore Florida through readings in natural history.
FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST
March 11 - The ELC will be leading the Florida Master Naturalist Coastal Systems Course from March 11 - May 10, 2021.

This course is a combination of online classes, self-lead experiences, and practical experiences.

*Registration closes at 10:00 am on March 8, 2021
JUNGLE TRAIL BIKE TOURS
March 12 & 18 - Offering two trips in March, Friday morning and Thursday evening.

The tour starts and ends at Captain Forster's Hammock Preserve and includes several interpretive spots where you will learn about the history of the Jungle Trail, Capt. Forster's Preserve, and more. It's a comfortable 8-mile ride that includes stops.
HOOK KIDS ON FISHING
March 20 - Our first event with Anglers for Conservation was a great success, so we are offering the program again in March. A fun-filled, educational event for kids ages 5-15 and their parents.

Future anglers will learn fishing essentials from the pro, practice fishing with their new friends, and receive a free rod, reel, and tackle box for only $3.
STEAM IMMERSION SPRING BREAK PROGRAM - FREE
March 22, 23, 24 - STEM fields are predicted to be the fastest growing sector of our economy.

Our FREE STEAM spring break program for middle and high school students in Indian River County will have students flying drones, building ROVs and exploring the lagoon. Learn how these technologies are used in the real world to help the environment.
FULL MOON FOREST THERAPY
March 25. Join us for a moonlight forest therapy walk on ELC’s lagoon island campus! This slow-paced and easy walk will help you unwind and tap into all of your senses for a truly immersive nature experience.

We encourage becoming fully present through an evolving series of invitations given by our Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) certified guide. The full moon rises late this night, so we will walk from 8 to 9 pm.
STEAM EXPLORER WEEKEND WORKSHOP
MARCH 27. Join a hands-on, feet-wet experience for students in grades 2-3 and their caregivers. Discover the incredible world of insects on the ELC's Wabasso Island campus.

The event is only $5 for residents of IRC. This weekend workshop is made possible by support from the Children’s Services Advisory Committee.
GUIDED GLAMPING EXPERIENCE
March 27 & 28. Ladies, join us for an immersive, overnight experience embracing the feminine side of nature – and yourself – under the full moon.

Enjoy primitive camping at the ELC, full moon forest bathing, council fire, sunrise kayaking while you explore the essence of feminine energy in nature and yourself.
WALKING MEDITATION
March 28, 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.
ARTIST SERIES
ORCHID ISLAND ART CLUB
The Orchid Island Art Club is open to all Club members and is an active membership including workshops and member exhibits. The artwork is inspired by the unspoiled beauty of our location and supports the artists of Orchid Island and the ELC.
CHAD PERIMAN
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.
SUPPORTING OUR MISSION
back stairs being rebuilt
Thank You East Coast Lumber!
If you have been to campus lately, you may have seen that many parts are undergoing maintenance. The back stairs by our admin building were in need of fixing, and thanks to Megan Osteen and the team at East Coast Lumber we are getting a new set of stairs!

East Coast Lumber is donating half of the materials and providing the other half at the cost price which is a significant saving for us. Stop by the ELC campus any day to see the updates and upgrades we are undertaking with the generous help of volunteers and community support!
Give back to support a healthy environment and earn community recognition! Starting at $250 our new 2021 packages are full of perks to get your organization connected to nature.
The ELC is sponsored by:
Archie S. Wingfield Jr. Charitable Trust
VOLUNTEER CORNER
Check out the latest news, activities and volunteering opportunities.
ELC NEWS
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS COALITION
Read the first edition of the quarterly newsletter from the new Environmental Leaders Coalition of Indian River County, spearheaded by the ELC!
LOOKING BACK ON LAST MONTH
ELC Happenings. It was busy on campus in February. We had Ken Nelson leading Qigong, our first Hook Kids on Fishing Event, the Girl Scouts visiting, and much more!
Jungle Trail Bike Tour. Check out this sneak peek of our jungle trail bike tour! We have 2 dates in March, this is an activity you don't want to miss!
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!

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