January 2021 Environmental Volunteer News

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

Ending 2020

Happy New Year to all of our valued volunteers! We are wishing you a wonderful 2021!

WinterGreen NightLights was a huge success despite its scaled-back version. We had over 1000 visitors enjoy the canoe trips through the lit trails and the bonfire. A real plus was a large number had never visited ELC before.

Volunteering Opportunities

Oslo Riverfront Conservation Area Coastal Cleanup

January 9, 9 am - 12 pm. Please try to register online using the link above, if you have problems email nancy@discoverelc.org.

Campus Improvements

If you are available to help on January 11th or 12th with gardening work, please email nancy@discoverelc.org. We will have lots of new plants arriving to plant on the side of the lagoon. The new plants will arrive on or around January 11. We’ll have more specifics the week before.

What goes up must come down.

We will be taking down the holiday lights the week of Jan. 4th. If you have some time or have a slow shift and would like to help please let me or Sara Piotter know. The spools/boxes for the lights are located in the area behind the Tidal Gallery

Campus and Activity Information

Native Plant Nook is coming back!!

We will once again offer native plants from Digg Gardens starting 1/16 and 1/17. They will be in the ELC Greenhouse area again, payment will be made at the Greeter desk.

Treasure Coast Kid's Quest

The ELC is a stop on the Treasure Coast Kid’s Quest passport starting in January. The idea is that kid's will visit six locations, take a photo at the designated 'spot' at that location and receive a stamp in their passport. The Touch Tank will be the ELC's spot in the passport.

If someone fills their passport at the ELC, there is a prize package for you to give out: drawstring backpack, stuffed animal turtle, ELC sunglasses, completion certificate. All of this can be found in the back closet in a blue bin. If they get all of their locations stamped, we can give them the prize.

More info and a description of the contact free version and passport version:

  • They have created a website- http://treasurecoastkidsquest.com/, Facebook, and Instagram

  • Contact-free option:

  • Visit each location.

  • Have a parent or guardian post a photo on Facebook at each partnering location.

  • This photo must show proof that you participated.

  • Tag @tckidsquest on Facebook and the appropriate partner page.

  • Claim your Treasure at the Indian River County Chamber of Commerce located at; 1216 21st St., Vero Beach, FL 32960.

  • Passport option:

  • Get a passport at any of the six locations

  • Get your passport stamped at all destinations and claim your prize at the final location you visit!

  • Video: https://www.facebook.com/tckidsquest/posts/164383102024371

NEW Scavenger Hunt

The Biocube scavenger hunt has been replaced by a New Year’s Resolution Scavenger Hunt. The description is on the cart located outside the Entry Pavilion (or inside if the weather isn’t cooperating). There is a sheet with six activities, locations, description of the activity and observations.

Things to Do

We have the 2021 Indian River Lagoon calendars in the Entry Pavilion on the Greeter desk. They are free, please help yourself

The Forest Therapy program scheduled for 12/30 sold out very quickly. We have added two more programs:

  • Full Moon Forest Therapy - 1/29/21, 6-8 pm

  • Sunrise Forest Therapy - 1/6/21, 5:30-7:30 am


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

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