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Man Walking in Fields


Why can't I bring my dog or other pet to the ELC?

The goal of The Environmental Learning Center is to provide visitors with the opportunity to experience nature, including possible encounters with wildlife. While staff are very fond of our domesticated animal friends, our wildlife may not be. For the protection of visitors, the wildlife who live in the park, as well as your pets, we ask that all pets remain at home.
Click HERE to view hiking trails in Vero Beach that allow dogs.

Why is feeding the wildlife forbidden?

Bread, cereals and other processed human food contains ingredients that may interfere with the natural digestive process of wildlife, and could make them ill. In addition, some animals may become dependent upon human intervention in their feeding cycles, which could affect their migration and other natural habits. Please respect natural feeding habits and don't feed the animals.

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