Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center

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The heart of education, conservation, and community.

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Environmental Learning Center

A bio-diverse, 64 acre lagoon-island Nature Center located in the heart of the Indian River Lagoon in Vero Beach, Florida.

Our Mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being.

Nature Guide On Pontoon Boot


ELC provides visitors with hands-on learning opportunities to explore the Indian River Lagoon ecosystems and discover the complex connections between us and the natural world.

Girl With Fish / Seine Netting 1


ELC inspires conservation by recognizing and appreciating other living organisms and demonstrating how our actions impact the environment and our health.

Circle Boys At Disovery Station


ELC empowers the community to restore and protect the Indian River Lagoon, an estuary of national significance, by utilizing and sharing its campus for learning, exploring, collaborating, and celebrating.

Monthly Happenings

July and August Boat Eco-Tour & Kayak Special Offer - Buy One Get One 1/2 Off
(to take advantage of this opportunity call us and mention this offer)

Clyde Butcher Living Waters

ELC’s 36th Anniversary

Thursday, August 22, 2024 Cocktail Party 5-6:30 PM Join us in toasting our 36th anniversary with a special cocktail reception in the Lagoon Room. Enjoy the captivating beauty of Clyde

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Daily Happenings

Explore the ELC 64 acre campus with miles of walking trails, 2000 gallons of aquariums, an interactive science museum, indoor and outdoor play areas, plus two art galleries, Kayak and Paddle Board Rentals.

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