October Greetings from the ELC Executive Director
and Board Chair
Barbara Schlitt Ford
Executive Director
John Daniels
Board Chair
Environmental Learning Center Annual Fundraising Gala
and Thomas R. Schidel Education & Event Pavilion Unveiling

Saturday, March 26th, 2022 | 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Event Features

> VIP Pre-Party
> Red Carpet Photo Experience
> Paella Presentation
> Live DJ
> Professional Dance Performances
> Live Art & Auction
> Dessert & Champagne
A One-of-a-Kind Immersive Experience
Presented by the ELC in Partnership with FW Productions

For more information, contact: Sue@DiscoverELC.org
Thank You To Our Event Sponsors
Doug & Lesia Graybill

For more Sponsorship information click on the button below:
7th Annual Bird & Nature Art Show
sponsored by Pelican Island Preservation Society
The Environmental Learning Center is proud to partner with Pelican Island Conservation Society to present the 7th Annual Bird & Nature Art Show through the month of October.

There will be other related activities taking place throughout the month of the show, such as birding tours, sunset wine and cheese cruises to Pelican Island sponsored by Vero Beach Outlets, and an artists’ reception on October 16th.

Plein air artists are invited to paint at the ELC or Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 2nd. Artists wishing to participate should arrive no later than 8 AM.

Reserve a spot for Sunset Wine & Cheese Cruise to Pelican Island.

Sign up for a birding tour. Click on date for registration information.
  • October 11 - Shorebird Walk with Sarah Piotter
  • October 12 - Migratory Birding with David Simpson
  • October 13 - Beginning Birding for Kids with Leah LoPresti
  • October 14 - Owl Hoot with David Simpson
  • October 15 - What Makes an Outstanding Bird Photograph with Juanita Baker
October Lagoon Academy Registration Open!
October 2021 Lagoon Academy
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 10:00 - 11:30 AM | Ages 7 - 12
$60 for 1 month (pre-registration required)

Get out and about on ELC's Campus and study how we move through water as we explore energy and forces. It will involve an energy scavenger hunt, building and testing toy sailboats, collection and observation of aquatic animals, and exploration of the physics of kayaking.
**Please note the VeroX Pumpkin Patch scheduled to start in October at the ELC has been cancelled**
Held Fridays from 1- 2 PM
This all-levels class suitable for beginners will focus on core stability and isometric and body weight resistance-based muscle toning. Each class will provide a whole-body workout to promote body awareness, physical discipline, mental focus and a spirit of youthfulness and joy! 
Held Monday thru Saturday from 9 - 10 AM

Qigong uses movement, self-massage, visualization. The idea that human beings are more than flesh, blood and bone is not new. The idea that there is an energy, a life force, that animates our physical bodies is gradually being integrated in our sciences and culture.
Saturday, October 2. 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!
Quick Canoe Trips for just $15
Saturday, October 2
11 AM - 1 PM

Stop by the ELC to enjoy a quick canoe ride for just $15 per person. A great way to explore the Indian River Lagoon!
Native Plant Walk with ELC and Pelican Island Conservation Society

Wednesday, October 6, 13 & 20
at 9:00 AM

Join us and explore real Florida on this easy short hike through the ELC’s 64 acre property that comprises beautiful coastal hammock, salt marsh and tidal swamp. We will be talking about halophytic (salt loving) plant communities, the nature of Florida’s endangered bromeliads, and about what makes wild Florida so unique. Bring water and proper sun protection.

Limited space. To register or learn more, click the button below.
Hook Kids on Fishing with Anglers for Conservation and ELC
Saturday, October 16
9 AM - 11 AM

In partnership with the Environmental Learning Center, Anglers for Conservation (AFC) is coordinating AFC’s Hook Kids on Fishing (HKOF) program.

Kids ages 5 to 15 are welcome and registration is $5.00. This program is limited to 40 kids that will receive a free rod/reel and tackle box thanks to the Fish Florida Tag Foundation.
Virtual Book Promo Early Nature Artist in Florida by Chris Fasolino

Monday, October 18
11 AM - 12 PM
Zoom link will be provided

Author Chris Fasolino shares the stories of artistic expeditions in a collection replete with gorgeous artwork that includes high-definition images of Audubon's rarely seen original paintings.
Little Wonders Program
Wednesday, October 20
10 - 11:30 AM | 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.

Limited space. To register or learn more, click the button below.
Thank you Sunrise Rotary Club of Vero Beach for your support of this program!
ELC Members-Only Walk at North Sebastian Conservation Area
Wednesday, October 27
8 AM - 10 AM

This 407 acre property offers a mosaic of different habitat types including one of the healthiest and most biodiverse sand pine scrub and oak scrub on the treasure coast, that are also home to the endangered scrub jay, as well as a beautiful freshwater marsh.

To sign up or learn more, click the button below.
Maximum 20 people
Pre-registration encouraged by September 20
Sunday, October 24
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. To learn more or to register, click the button.

3 person minimum to hold class.
Pre-registration 24 hours in advance.
2021-2022 Artist Series Lineup
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.

September was packed with happenings at the ELC. We held our Artist Series Open House and unveiled our newly renovated Discovery Station! The campus was filled with smiling faces for our Lagoon Academy for kids ages 7-12 and our Little Wonders Program for children age 18 months - 4 years old.

Off campus, Members enjoyed a guided nature at the Toni Robinson Waterfront Park while learning about native plants and the community joined the ELC Crew for the International Coastal Cleanup at Riverside Park.
More than 100 gathered at the Environmental Learning Center Artist Series Open House on Wednesday night for an outdoor cocktail soiree.

Attendees browsed galleries adorn with... [read full article here]
Little Wonders Exploration Fun for Toddlers
Lagoon Academy Fun for ages 7-12
International Coastal Cleanup at Riverside Park
Guided Nature Walk at
Toni Robinson Waterfront Park
Wellness in the Wild
Schedule of Events November - March
What's your adventure scale? From glamping to primitive camping, there's something for every adventure seeker. Join us for Wellness in the Wild where wellness meets wild meets women empowerment.

Each activity has been rated on an Adventure Scale of 1-10 to help you select just the right amount of wild you are willing and able to handle, with Level 1 being pretty tame and Level 10 being the wildest we have to offer.

To learn more or to register, click on the button below.
November - December Schedule
January - March Schedule
A Land Remembered Study Group has been postponed to February 2022.

To learn more or register click the button below.
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Join Us!

Interested in Volunteering with the Environmental Learning Center?

Reach out to Volunteer Coordinator
Nancy Puglio at
Contribute $1,000 or more toward our Roof Match Campaign and get a custom plank along our boardwalk!

Call 772-589-5050 or email Give@DiscoverELC.org
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
Phil and Stacey Busman
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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