Volunteer News October

Updated: Oct 1, 2020

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

October 10th Campus Work Day

We will have a campus clean up day on Saturday, October 10th from 8:30 am until 12:30 pm. There is a group of youth volunteers coming to the ELC, but we will need help from volunteers to guide the teens as we will be cutting branches, putting down mulch and pulling invasives from around campus. Please email Nancy@discoverelc.org if you are interested.

ELC Campus Improvements

If you've been to campus lately, you may have seen the improvements underway. Most recently the cottage that stood near the new site for the Thomas R. Schidel Education & Event Pavilion and Oval is being removed.

The walkway between the Entry Pavilion and the Administration Building has been taken up and will be replaced with an earthen path. The staircases from the Admin Building to the Entry Pavilion and down to the mangroves are being redesigned, upgraded, and replaced with Lumberock from our partners from East Coast Lumber. This is part of the "TLC for ELC" campaign to revitalize the campus. Donors can purchase a plank for this area of campus with custom engraving to commemorate a special person or important event. Learn more here.

Touch Tank Volunteers Wanted

We’d like to begin offering Touch Tank again either 10 am - 12 pm or 2 pm - 4 pm, with the hope that we can fill these spots every day of the week. We will have a training/refresher on Monday, 10/12 at 3:30 pm led by ELC Educator, Amy Shea. It should last no longer than 45 minutes. We will ask all guests/volunteers/staff to wear masks when in the Discovery Station. We certainly understand if our regular touch tank volunteers are not yet comfortable returning. If you haven’t been a Touch Tank volunteer and think you might be interested please feel free to attend.

Roving Nature Guide Meeting Oct 21 at 10 am

We are meeting with the Roving Nature Guides on October 21 in the Lagoon Room and available on Zoom. If you haven’t been a Roving Nature Guide but think you might be interested feel free to join us.

The purpose of the ELC’s Roving Nature Guide Program is to provide members, guests, and visitors educational support that will enhance their experience as they explore the ELC campus.


Roving Nature Guides become familiar with an area(s) of campus and offer

an interpretation of the habitats, organisms, and conservation efforts of the Indian River Lagoon and ELC programs. ELC will provide you will a full manual and more information on any area of interest. Independent research is encouraged along with utilizing other Roving Nature Guides as


New "How Wide is Your Wingspan Display"

Come check out our new bird wingspan display that was created by educator Heather Feather and artist Sandra Johnson. This new exhibit encourages visitors to measure the length of their arms when stretched out like the wings of a bird and compare it to the sizes of birds found in our area.

Volunteer Portal

The manuals for all the Volunteer positions can be found in our VOLUNTEER PORTAL. The password is volunteer (all lower case).

Contact Nancy@discoverelc.org with questions.

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