Environmental Volunteer News November 2020

Updated: Oct 30, 2020

The latest news and opportunities for environmental volunteers in Indian River County.

Thankful For Our Volunteers!

In the month of gratitude, the team at the ELC would like to express their sincere thankfulness for each and every one of our volunteers! We couldn't accomplish our mission to educate, inspire, and empower without the help of our dedicated volunteer friends who are with us every step of the way.

Volunteering Opportunities in November

  • NOAA Planet Stewards Beach Cleanup #2 - Saturday, Nov 21 - 9-11 am at Golden Sands Beach. Join us as we clean up the beach to keep garbage from entering the ocean and collect what we need to create our trash-art for the Discovery Station as part of the NOAA Planet Stewards project with our Junior Interpreters. REGISTER HERE. The first 20 people to register will receive a reusable water bottle after the successful completion of the cleanup!

  • Can't make this event? Help us spread the word by sharing this event on Facebook.

  • Captain Hiram's River Challenge - Sunday, Nov 22 - 7:30 - 10 am at Captain Hiram's Resort. The ELC is one of three beneficiaries of this event and we need ELC volunteers to help us show our support! Come be a part of an exciting event on the Treasure Coast. From packet stuffing to road support, serving breakfast, and everything in between the river challenge would not be possible without the dedication of volunteers!

  • Register to volunteer here and please inform nancy@discoverelc.org if you are volunteering so she can record all of the ELC volunteers, thank you!

Volunteer from home

If you can't make it into the ELC, there are still a few ways you can really help further our mission! We are working hard to engage a larger audience and strengthen our online presence. There are a few ways you can do this right from the comfort of your home:

  • Facebook - share our posts! Yes, it's that simple, the more our posts are shared by our followers the better rankings we get with Facebook. If you see a post you like or think others would appreciate, please share it with your network. And ask your friends and family to follow us.

  • Google Reviews - If you love the ELC, let the world know! Submit a review on google. Right now we have 49 reviews and hope to get up to 100 by the end of the year. Just google "Environmental Learning Center Vero Beach" and on the right-hand side of your screen scroll down to the reviews, then click "Write a review."

  • TripAdvisor - Have you taken a trip and used TripAdvisor to find a place to go? Help visitors know that the ELC is a must-see destination in Vero Beach! Go to the ELC TripAdvisor page and scroll down to the review section and click "Write a review." We are currently #10 of 51 things to do in Vero Beach - and we want to be in the top 5! Thanks for helping us get there.

If you have any questions on how to share, submit a review, or want to get started on social media contact nicole@discoverelc.org.

Nature Nook Updates

The nature nook has some new products that we want to highlight for our guests:

  • MANG GEAR is here! The new shipment of Mang Gear apparel will be available in the Nature Nook in early November. For every shirt purchased a mangrove tree is planted. Learn more about the budding partnership between the ELC and the talented twin brothers from Mang Gear here.

  • Holiday shopping is upon us and we are stocking the nature nook store in the entry pavilion with some new products. If you have questions about any of the new goods please contact nancy@discoverelc.org

New Exhibit on Campus

The ELC Citizen Science Walk is undergoing some transitions and we are excited to announce that our ELC MANGROVE WATCH has been upgraded through a partnership with Chronolog.io Guest can help create a time-lapse video of the mangroves using only their cellphone.

How you can help

  • Learn more about this new collaboration here.

  • Encourage guests to walk over to George's Perch, the high rise platform overlooking the mangrove forest on the east side of campus, and follow the directions on the sign. This is a fun way to get more people walking on the mangrove walkways on the east side of campus and an additional thing to do at the ELC.

  • Take a walk over there yourself to check out the new exhibit and contribute to this citizen science project.

  • If you have questions or are interested in becoming more involved with the citizen science walk please contact nicole@discoverelc.org

A Day in the Life Program

ORCA (Ocean Research & Conservation Association) is looking to expand its ‘A Day in the Life’ (ADIL) citizen science project and ELC would LOVE to establish a team to conduct this sampling each quarter. As you may know, the ADIL project is conducted throughout the entire 156-mile IRL, and data is collected by trained citizen scientists, just like you! ELC has partnered with the Sebastian Charter Junior High 8th graders to collect this data each year. I bet some of you reading this have helped each year!

For the project expansion, citizen scientists will collect data on weather conditions, water chemistry and flow, biological data from core samples and seining surveys, and photo documentation of the site and the sampling process on a quarterly basis.

Our ELC staff team would help train interested volunteers and would help as much as schedules allow. Ideally, we’re hoping to find a committed group of ELC volunteers to work together to sample somewhere around the ELC. Previous knowledge is not required as training is provided but interested participants must be able to wade in the IRL for seining surveys.

Please contact Sara Piotter with any questions at sarap@discoverelc.org.

Things to do at the ELC

Sometimes it's difficult to keep up with all the things going on at ELC, so we are trying to make that easier for you! We have created a dedicated QR code for visitors to scan which will take them to an online list of the latest activities on campus.

This sheet is located at the front desk and guests can easily scan the code by using the phone on their camera. Not sure how to use a QR code? If the visitor has an iPhone, just ask them to open the camera on the 'photo' mode and point it to the QR code on the page. A box with the website link should automatically pop up, have them tap it and they will be sent to this page. (This page will be updated often as we get new activities and exhibits on campus.) Still confused? Check out the tutorial here.

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