Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center

Venue Rentals

Immerse your next event in natural beauty

Create Customizable Experiences with our Nature Space

Our indoor and outdoor settings and customizable activities make our nature center the perfect place for any special event. We will work with you to create the perfect experience, whether it’s a big wedding, company retreat, kids’ birthday party, or anything your imagination can think up.

ELC has so many different types of activities, programs, and nature space to offer that we customize just about anything! Whatever you’re looking for, chances are we can make it happen. We can accommodate a small baby shower to an activity packed kids’ birthday party, a casual place for a business meeting, team building activities on land and water, private celebrations on our pontoon boat, or a large wedding at the waterside pavilion. The choices are endless!

Party Setup

Schidel Education & Event Pavilion

The Pavilion is ideal for all types of events with a capacity to host 1500 guests or more. The pavilion offers shade, cooling overhead fans, a catering kitchen, restrooms, a private lounge/dressing area, and two bar set-up/serving areas.  The Oval is a large lawn area ringed by native plants and can be tented or serve as a space for guests to sit, play outdoor games, or watch entertainment happening on stage.

Reservations required.

Lagoon Room

The Lagoon Room is an air-conditioned indoor space perfect for celebrations, meetings, and group gatherings. Windows are throughout most of the room, giving natural light and overlooking a vast mangrove forest. The room can accommodate up to 100 people in theater seating or 80 at tables. The walls display local nature-themed artwork. The Discovery Station next door can also be rented to provide additional space for guests, food stations or a beverage bar. Rental includes the use of a small catering kitchen, cocktail high-top tables, round and rectangle tables, chairs, glassware, and silverware. AV equipment and black linens are available for an additional charge.

Reservations required.

Lagoon Room
Discovery Room Rental Space

Discovery Station

The Discovery Station is an air-conditioned indoor space that has a Touch Tank, several aquariums, and interactive exhibits. It’s perfect for birthday parties, especially when you book a Touch Tank Experience and Nature Scavenger Hunt with our Education Team for added fun. The space is flexible enough to be set up for an elegant dinner party too.

Reservations required.

Tidal Gallery

The Tidal Gallery is filled with natural light and local nature-themed artwork. It is perfect for a small reception, gathering, or bridal shower. If you are renting other spaces at the ELC, this room can be a nice addition for a lounge, indoor bar set-up or staged photos. Event planners love the possibilities for this beautiful little space.

Reservations required.  

Gallery Space
Outdoor Covered Venue

Fort Mangrove

Fort Mangrove is an elevated nature space located on the boardwalk leading to the Canoe Dock. Book this space for happy hour, a family picnic, or before and/or after your paddle excursion. It is a quiet space up in the treetops and might be the perfect place for “the proposal” or even a small wedding ceremony surrounded by mangrove forest. This location is a favorite for yoga and meditation.

Reservations required.

Imagination Station

Imagination Station is outside next to the Welcome Center and has natural playscape features. Act out on stage, pretend to row your own canoe, water flowers from the rain barrel, and get dirty in the mud kitchen.

Imagination Station
Outdoor Rental Space

Outdoor Lawns

The ELC is 64 acres and has a wide variety of lawn spaces to accommodate events and meetings. Corporate meeting planners utilize our outdoor spaces for breaks and meals during multi-day training. Wedding ceremonies can be inside with a cocktail hour or dancing outside. Think of ELC outdoor spaces for family reunions, company picnics, and kids’ birthday parties. ELC can plan activities like nature walks and games to entertain all ages.  

Reservations required.


Have you always wanted to roast marshmallows by the fire but didn’t want to deal with the work and mess? Let ELC make this experience happen for you.

Reservations required.

Meditating At The Fire Pit
People In Picnic Area

Water-side Picnic Area

Located near the boat dock, this shaded area has several picnic tables
and a view of the water.

Casseekey Hut

Named after an Ais Indian Chief, this covered picnic area and outdoor classroom is close to the pond and has 4 picnic tables. 2 additional picnic tables are close by.

Reservations required.

Casseekey Hut
Trailside Picnic Area Covered On Main Campus

Covered Picnic Area

Located under the Discovery Station building with 17 picnic tables. Great for large groups.

Discovery Pontoon Boat

Take a private pontoon boat trip with up to sixteen people for your next event or special gathering.  ELC will provide the Captain and a Nature Guide, you bring your food and beverages. Enjoy one of the award-winning two-hour Indian River Lagoon tours that ELC is known for. If you have a large group, plan for a few 45-minute quick trips so everyone can enjoy time on the water.  Reach out to us to plan this part of your agenda well in advance.  This is one of ELC’s most popular activities.

Reservations required.

Captains For A Cause
Lagoonfest Event

Education & Event Pavilion

Rent our magical venue for a wedding or rehearsal dinner. Our indoor and outdoor settings make our nature center the perfect place for your special day. We will work with you to customize your event, utilizing your favorite spots on our campus. The green spaces and native Florida backdrop will create a visual masterpiece for you to remember your day.

Treat your staff to a new experience with a beautiful sit-down lunch or dinner and outdoor activities. Get the creativity flowing with the views from our banquet rooms that are captivating, overlooking native plants and grasses. Choose from a wide variety of activities to enjoy.