New Entrance Guidelines
effective June 29, 2020
The health and safety of our community has been, and will continue to be ELC’s primary focus. Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Indian River County, we have closed our indoor facilities and some of our offerings are not available at this time.
We are collecting admission fees on an honor system. Please book your entry online or text ADMIT to 772-238-5424 for the admission button link.
Enjoy our beautiful 64-acre nature center and enjoy all of the benefits nature has to offer!
Things To Do
The ELC is your destination on the Treasure Coast of Florida for outdoor learning and fun! Come explore the Indian River Lagoon and our island campus featuring interactive exhibits, walking trails, and water sports in Vero Beach.
Read more about our offerings below.
Discovery Station & Touch Tank
Our interpretative center with interactive exhibits, aquariums and a touch tank! Learn more about who lives in the Indian River Lagoon and how you can help keep our planet clean and green.
Take a pontoon boat ride along the Indian River Lagoon to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge or enjoy a guided kayak trip through our mangrove forest! The ELC offers a wide variety of water sports and activities for all levels and interests.
Our 64 acre campus offers walking trails and interactive exhibits to keep the whole family engaged. Become a scientist on our citizen scientist walk or learn more about the mangroves on our Discovery trail. Let the kids free play at our Imagination Station and Nature Playscape.
All-terrain wheelchairs are perfect for getting around campus. Please bring someone to push, or call (772) 589-5050 if you need assistance.
Look for cool creatures and plants as you roam! Find the Biocubes and note what you see inside.
Check out an adventure backpack at the front desk of our Welcome Center. Discover the ELC using the tools in the bag!
Wellness in Nature
Enjoy your favorite wellness program or try a new one in the beautiful nature and peacefulness of the ELC. We offer weekly classes and private group bookings for certain programs.
Each season we feature new artists from a variety of backgrounds and art mediums in our Tidal Gallery and Lagoon & Wetland Room venue. Viewing the artwork is free with admission and a wonderful addition to your trip to the ELC.