Manatee Observation and Education Center

Fort Pierce, FL

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Manatee Observation and Education Center
480 N. Indian River Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34950

(772) 466-1600 x3339
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Tues. - Sat. 10:00am to 5:00pm


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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. The Center lies just west of the Atlantic ocean and overlooks the nationally recognized Indian River Lagoon, a saltwater estuary, and Moore's Creek, a freshwater tributary and historical resting spot for the Florida manatee.

The endangered Florida manatee, also called sea cow, frequent The Center year-round but remember, they are in the wild so no one knows when they will swim by! 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 Bottlenose Dolphin, Mullet, Brown Pelicans, and Terns.

Stroll through The Center's gardens where red, yellow, and purple flowers abound. Visit the pond area to read about the effort to sprout red mangrove propagules to donate and plant along the shoreline where needed.

Go 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.

 The Manatee Observation and Education Center's Purpose

The Manatee Observation and Education Center’s primary purpose is to promote understanding and responsible actions for the fragile ecosystems of the Treasure Coast and their inhabitants. They exist to educate you about nature, how humans impact the environment, and teach ways to interact with the natural environment to lessen that impact.

Enjoy activities such as Indian River Lagoon Wildlife Boat Tours and kayak adventures. Join them for special events such as NatureFest, Summer Camps, Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series, and exciting guest speakers.

The Center teaches a planned educational curriculum for grades Kindergarten through fifth grade. As a part of the educational program, teachers can choose from subjects such as manatees, butterflies, insects, endangered species, sea turtles and more. If you are a teacher and would like to schedule a class, call (772) 466-1600, ext. 3337.

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Manatee Observation and Educational Center Manatee Observation and Education Center
480 N. Indian River Dr
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
(772) 466-1600 x3339

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