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, Moores Creek 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, September 18, 2021, the Manatee Center will be open from 10am to 5pm. Visit us to learn all about manatees, the Florida marine mammal! You'll also learn about the Indian River Lagoon and native versus nonnative species, explore the touch tank, test your knowledge of plastics decomposition time, and more. Don't forget to take a peek at our latest history exhibits teaching all about the Treasure Coast, the long-closed Henry King Power Plant, and the Manatee Center's origins. Outside, climb the two-story observation tower, visit the pollinator garden for your chance to spot the once-thought-extinct atala butterflies, and more. Plus don't miss our partner exhibit all about manatee vocalization, designed by Dr. Beth Brady at Mote Marine Laboratory.
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