Environmental Learning Center – Vero Beach, FL

255 Live Oak Drive, Vero Beach, FL 32963.
Located at the western base of the Wabasso Bridge on the 510 Causeway. 

Visit ELC:

Tuesday – Friday: 10 am –  4 pm
Saturday: 9 am – 12 pm
Sunday: 1 pm – 4 pm
Phone: (772) 589-5050
email: info@discoverELC.org

Welcome to our 64-acre island campus! Start your tour with a stop in our Entry Pavilion to pay the admission fee of $5 for adults and children over 12; free forELC members and children under 12. Our Greeter will describe what you can do on campus. Learn about our history and ask about our cell phone audio tour, discovery guides, and site map.

Then go out to take a walk and learn about this beautiful, diverse and ecologically authentic place. It’s diverse because it ranges from hammock (high ground) through salt marshes (sometimes underwater) to mangrove forest (with its feet in the water). It’s ecologically authentic because before we built our pavilions, we cut down all the exotic invasive trees like the Brazilian peppers and the Australian pines and replaced them with indigenous (native) species such as live oaks, cabbage or sabal palms, coontie and wax myrtle.

Our surroundings are especially beautiful because they provide a natural habitat for birds, fish, crustaceans, and mammals of many kinds. In fact the Indian River Lagoon, the big body of water that nearly surrounds us, is home to more than 4,000 different species, 36 of which are endangered or rare. It’s such a diverse estuary (the most diverse in North America) that the Environmental Protection Agency has named it an Estuary of National Significance.

With luck you’ll see a dolphin or a manatee down by the canoe dock. Follow the signs posted near the paths and boardwalk. Stroll our boardwalks into mangrove swamps.  Pause at our viewing pavillions and if you bring your yoga mat our screened in viewing pavilion is a beautiful place to do your yoga or tai chi! By the way, be sure to take your cellular phone on your exploration. We have 13 stops where you can dial a number to hear an ecological message.

Then come inside our buildings. At the Entry Pavilion look into the Nature Nook, a nature-oriented gift shop whose profits help our educational mission.

The Discovery Station Interactive Museum is home to the largest brackish water aquarium in Indian River County, a 145-gallon touch tank where you can get up close and personal with some of the critters that occupy the Indian River Lagoon, 3 other aquariums, dioramas with lift panels, hands-on exhibits and a life-size replica of a manatee’s head where you can experience how a manatee eats seagrass from the lagoon floor. Check back with us for changes as we bring new educational information to the #discoverystationmuseum

GetOutside with a kids learning and play area called our Imagination Station located next to the Entry Pavilion! There’s also a “Tipi” – with a bench for sitting under it – a beautiful  nature place where the handbuilt Tipi is actually sprouting leaves!

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