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New Entrance Guidelines

effective June 29, 2020

The health and safety of our community has been, and will continue to be ELC’s primary focus.  Due to the recent increase in COVID-19 cases in Indian River County, we have closed our indoor facilities and are collecting admission fees on an honor system.  Please book your entry online or text ADMIT to 772-238-5424 for the admission button link.

Enjoy our beautiful 64-acre nature center and enjoy all of the benefits nature has to offer!


Rates & Hours

FREE for ELC members
$5 for adults 12 and up
Free for children under age 12

Our campus is open Monday – Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Become a member for free admission year-round!

Explore Campus

Though the indoor facilities are closed, the ELC has plenty of activities for guests to enjoy. Guests may register for a paid, guided experience. The experiences available are pontoon boat tours, water sports rentals, nature reiki, walking meditation in the butterfly garden or a family lagoon island adventures! 

Family Adventures

Enjoy our campus with you family with activities lead by an ELC Educator!


Water Activities

Pontoon excursions, guided kayak tours, canoe rentals and more!



Our lagoon island adventure awaits, get outside and #DiscoverELC.

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in Nature

Enjoy a diverse range of  wellness programs in the beautiful outdoors.

Our surroundings are especially beautiful because they provide a natural habitat for birds, fish, crustaceans, and mammals of many kinds. The Indian River Lagoon, the waters that surround our campus, is home to more than 4,300 different species of plants and animals, 36 of which are endangered or rare. It is one of the most bio-diverse estuaries in North America and according to the Environmental Protection Agency, is named an Estuary of National Significance.

Be sure to bring your cell phone, because we have 13 interactive stops throughout our campus that will teach you about the environment and our unique habitat when you dial the number on a sign. Visit the Discovery Station Interactive Museum which is home to the largest brackish water aquarium in Indian River County, a 145-gallon touch tank where you can get up close with some of the marine animals that occupy the Indian River Lagoon, 3 other aquariums, dioramas with lift panels and hands-on exhibits. Our campus is always changing and we're always bringing in new programs and activities so check back often to experience new things here!

Lagoon Island Campus

Plan Your Trip

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All-terrain Wheelchairs

All-terrain wheelchairs are perfect for getting around campus. Please bring someone to push, or call (772) 589-5050 if you need assistance.


Scavenger Hunt

Look for cool creatures and plants as you roam!

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Adventure Backpacks

Check out an adventure backpack at the front desk of our Welcome Center. Discover the ELC using the tools in the bag!

Campus Map


ELC is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3). Admission, memberships & donations are critical to continuing our mission. 


Join or give today!



255 Live Oak Drive

Vero Beach, FL 32963


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

ELC is a Smoke-Free campus.  Service Dogs only, please.


Phone: (772) 589-5050

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