Nature-based Educational Programs for Students Ages 7-12

We offer immersive sensory environmental education experiences that are hands-on, feet-wet, and encourage outdoor exploration using scientific tools on the ELC’s lagoon island campus. All ELC education programs are STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) oriented and integrate Sunshine State Standards. Our programs are led by environmental education experts who are Certified Interpretive Guides through the National Association of Interpretation and Experienced Program Staff Certified through the American Camp Association.

Lagoon Academy Home School Program

Each month we explore different aspects of the ELC’s island lagoon camp through environmental education programming that incorporates hands on, science-based activities to make learning fun! 

Lagoon Academy features one month programs which include 4 sessions that focus on a specific topic.

Classes are Thursdays from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m 

Cost is $60 per program per student

Maximum of 20 students per program

*NEW* Sign up for 3 months for a savings of $30!


We offer a menu of programs that can be adapted to different grade levels and interests.  We will work along with your group to build an experience that fits your needs.

Contact us for more information or to book your group program today!


  1. Take the classroom outside! Outdoor learning produces higher grades in all disciplines, better health, improved overall behavior and decreased stress levels

  2. STEM education equips children with the knowledge and skills to solve tough problems, gather and evaluate evidence, and make sense of information

  3. Hands-on learning allows children to take the concepts they’ve learned in the classroom and actively apply them to real life scenarios for improved understanding

  4. The future is STEM. The number of STEM-related jobs continues to drastically increase, and access to quality STEM education is necessary to spark our youth’s interests in pursuing these career path

  5. It’s FUN! Even your most indifferent student will be focused and engaged in our programs as we dive in deep into the Indian River Lagoon, North America’s most bio-diverse estuary!

Sunshine State Standards covered during ELC Field trips:

  • Science (e.g.: Earth Science, Life Science, Nature of Science)

  • English Language Arts (e.g.: Speaking and Listening)

  • Mathematics (e.g.: Measurement and Data)

  • CTE – Engineering and Technology Education (e.g.: Engineering Technology)

ELC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Admission, memberships & donations are critical to continuing our mission. Join or give today! 

Monday - Saturday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone: (772) 589-5050

ELC is a Smoke-Free campus.  
Service Dogs only, please.

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255 Live Oak Drive

Vero Beach, FL 32963

Located on the western base of the Wabasso Bridge on the 510 Causeway