Hands-On, Feet Wet Adventures in Vero Beach!

This summer 2021 ELC is offering a new version of our traditional summer camps. Our goal is to offer nature-based experiences that are safe for kids, convenient for parents, and fun!


Camps take place on our Wabasso Island Campus and include a variety of adventures in and around the Indian River Lagoon. 

2021 Summer Adventures

Lagoon Island Adventures

Explore the mangroves, observe wild gopher tortoise and see who lives in the water. Take a pontoon ride and canoe along the Indian River Lagoon in Vero Beach! 


Scholarships are available for those who qualify. See info at the bottom of the page.

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If you are interested in a camp that is sold out, you can register for the waitlist by emailing

STEAM Immersion Program

Fly a drone, build a robot, and explore the Indian River Lagoon. This is a free program sponsored by the Children Services Advisory Committee of Indian River County.


Students must be enrolled in an Indian River County middle or high school. 

Lagoon Island Adventure Camp


Join outdoor adventures, nature-based activities, and summer fun on the ELC's 64-acre island lagoon campus! Our camps are kept small for a safe and individualized experience. 

Your child will enjoy activities that focus on our natural world, science, art, math, and more as we blend fun and learning each day.  Our hands-on, feet wet adventures for campers include:

  • Pontoon ride to Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge and a spoil island for a splash

  • Dip-netting in the ELC pond

  • Canoeing on the Indian River Lagoon

  • Exploring our touch tank, aquariums, and exhibits in the Discovery Station

  • Discovering the plants and animals that live in our Florida ecosystem

  • and much more!

Our trained staff of ELC educators ensures that your child will be safe and cared for while making friends and connecting to nature. 

Dates: Each week, June 2 through August 6, 2021

Time: 8:30 am to 1 pm

Ages: 5 to 12 (entering 1st grade to entering 6th grade)

Cost: $200 per child

Aftercare:  Available from 1 pm to 4 pm each day of camp

Cost: $100 per week

Fees will apply for late pick-ups.

ELC Members receive a 10% discount. Learn more about membership here.


Refunds are issued up to two weeks before the start date of your camp. A 5% admin fee will be held to cover the cost associated with the refund process.


Due to the concerns of COVID-19, we are continuing to implement extra precautions to ensure a safe and healthy environment for our campers.  Face masks are only required when 3 feet of physical distance cannot be maintained or when the group is indoors.  Each child must provide their own water, lunch, and snacks for the day.  There will be no sharing of food or food provided by the ELC.  Parents are required to wear a mask during the pick-up and drop-off process.


Please discuss proper hand hygiene, respiratory etiquette, and the importance of physical distancing with your child before the beginning of camp each week. We also ask parents/guardians to assess the health of your child daily and to please notify us immediately if your child has any of the following symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, muscle pain, sore throat, new loss of taste or smell, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).

For more questions contact More information will be sent prior to the start of camp each week.


The Maggy Bowman Scholarship Application for the ELC’s Lagoon Island Adventure Camp is closed for summer 2021.


Please check back for scholarship opportunities for our upcoming programs and school-break camps!