Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center

May Newsletter & Message from the Executive Director

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May Greetings!  May we honor mothers and nurturers in this month of Mother’s Day in particular, and all year long.  May we make time each day to connect with nature in whatever way is possible. Read the full May newsletter here May we accept the gift of restorative energy from Mother Earth and in return offer the gifts of […]

April Message from the Executive Director

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On April 1, I celebrate my fifth anniversary leading this impactful and dynamic organization!  Click here to read the full Newsletter. What a lot we have accomplished together! Our attendance has more than doubled from 12,000 annually to nearly 30,000 per year.  (Click here to read the detailed message in its entirety.)  We have built […]

March Message from the Executive Director

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March Greetings! Thank you to all that came out and supported our Mangroves, Moonlight and Mambo fundraiser February 3! It was a beautiful night spent with our ELC Family at our wonderful pavilion venue savoring the food, company, and cause. Remember this unique and memorable venue for your next special event. Read the entire March […]

February Message from the Executive Director

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Greetings ELC Friends, February has arrived and so I wanted to take the opportunity to share with you a few of the many things we love about the ELC! Click here to read the full February newsletter.

January Message from the Executive Director

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Click here to read January 2024 Newsletter Greetings to our ELC Nature Keepers!  We have reached the end of a busy year full of nature learning and activities, and we are totally pumped up for a fabulous 2024.  We have educational programs for toddlers (Little Wonders) to teens (Y-ELC), homeschoolers (Lagoon Academy) to school field […]

December Message from the Executive Director

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Click here to read December newsletter. December Greetings! Our seasonal visitors are returning and our campus is getting even busier, which we love. We hope that you will visit our gift shop to pick up those special gifts for your loved ones. Our youth programs continue including: For adults we have: Endless volunteer opportunities We […]

November Message from Executive Director, Barb Schlitt Ford

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Click here to read the November Newsletter November is a perfect time to remind you how thankful we are for each of you! We simply could not fulfill our mission of educating, inspiring and empowering stewards of the environment (and in the process improving our own well-being!) without our community of supporters. If you are […]

October Message from Executive Director, Barb Schlitt Ford

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Click to read the full October Newsletter here Time marches on – that is what the changing seasons remind me. Regardless of where we are in the country, October makes most of us think of pumpkins, owls, bats… we hope for some cooler, crisper weather (that in Florida we will generally have to wait a […]

September 2023 Message from Executive Director, Barb Schlitt Ford

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Click here to read the September Newsletter “I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery – air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, ‘This is what it is to be happy’.” Sylvia Plath (Picture: Beehive Summit hike during August trip with my college age kids to Acadia National Park in Bar Harbor, Maine.) Dear […]

August 2023 Message from Executive Director, Barb Schlitt Ford

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Click here to read the August Newsletter It’s been an exciting June/July here at your Environmental Learning Center! We have served over 600 youth through our summer programs which include: Many scholarships were provided to make sure all that wanted to attend were able. One really cool highlight this past week was our teen group […]