Manatee Observation and Education Center
480 North Indian River Drive, Fort Pierce, FL 34950 - United States
The Manatee Observation and Education Center is a waterfront environmental education and wildlife viewing center located on Florida's east coast in beautiful downtown Fort Pierce. We are a not-for-profit organization operated by four full-time staff members and over 100 volunteers.
The Center lies just west of the Atlantic ocean and straddles the nationally recognized Indian River Lagoon, a saltwater estuary, and Moore's Creek, a freshwater tributary. The site is a historical congregating place for Florida manatees as a result of warm water effluent from the long-retired Henry B. King Power Plant. While the plant is no longer there, it continues to be a congregating place for manatees and visitors alike.
Come inside the Center to learn about manatees and other wild animals, Florida's diverse habitats, and much more. Explore hands-on exhibits and informational displays that are both fun and educational. Stand along the covered observation walkway or climb the second story observation tower for your chance to see Florida's "Gentle Giants" resting or playing in Moore's Creek. You may also see a variety of other wildlife including the Bottlenose Dolphin, Mullet, Brown Pelicans, and Terns. Stroll through the Center's gardens where red, yellow, and purple flowers abound. We are striving to replace exotic plants with native plants to attract Florida's colorful butterflies. Visit our latest installment - the Florida native butterfly garden - complete with accessible hand-constructed arbors, mosaic benches from local artists, and more along the beautiful Moore’s Creek in Downtown Fort Pierce.
This Saturday, April 4, 2020, the Manatee Center will be co-hosting a special Boys & Girls Club Fishing for Futures tournament, and our neighbors will be hosting Oysterfest at Veterans Memorial Park. We will have partner organizations at the Center with special kids activities, and we'll be painting oysters for an oyster-egg hunt to be held on Sunday, April 5th. PLUS Visit us on this exciting day to see our latest partner exhibit, Team Frapper, and learn all about invasive lionfish in the Indian River Lagoon and this team's efforts to trap them and protect our native species.
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