ELC Annual Appeal 2020

Everyone deserves a healthy planet. With your donation, we can do our part to help take care of it, and create more environmental stewards.


How you make a difference

Read on to learn more about Wyatt, our young environmentalist, and how your donations support his learning and adventures at the ELC.

The outdoors is Wyatt’s “happy place”. It’s a place where he can have fun, get his hands dirty, and his feet wet. It’s a place of adventure. It’s a place that is peaceful and beautiful.

In these times, the outdoors is a safe-haven— a place that holds many benefits for humans, benefits we need now more than ever—and Wyatt understands this. Nature needs us and we need nature.

Several years ago, Wyatt moved to Florida from Colorado and quickly learned about our diverse ecosystem. He enjoys kayaking, watching sunsets and volunteering his time at the Environmental Learning Center’s touch tank (which sadly was closed for several months due to COVID-19). He’s also learning about the environment as a Junior Interpreter at the ELC. At just 12 years old, Wyatt knows more about snakes than anyone else we know.

What you donations support

Because of you, the ELC impacts many thousands of people each year just like Wyatt, and empowers their love for the environment. We couldn’t have done this without you. In 2020, ELC provided:

  • Free admission for the months of March through July, so that our visitors could safely social distance outdoors and take in the benefits that nature has to offer.

  • Campus improvements to enhance the guest experience.

  • Immersive field trips for thousands of Indian River County students.

  • Lagoon Island Family Adventures as a safe way to get hands-on education while our Summer Camps had to be canceled for the safety of our community.

  • Nature Near You Kits that provide structured activities to educate hundreds of children at home.

  • Scholarships supporting families in need to participate in programs, both on campus or virtually.

  • Virtual events to connect people to nature, as well as in-person events at the beginning of the year that attracted thousands of youth and adults to our campus.

This education and love for the outdoors are crucial to our community and our planet. In these difficult times, would you please give generously to help support a healthy planet?


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