The Manatee Observation & Education Center is a fun-filled, family-friendly, environmentally based education center that celebrates Florida’s incomparable natural resources and wildlife! Our goal is Education! How do we accomplish it? By offering many unique experiences including touch tank demonstrations, fascinating programs, summer camps, monthly lecture series, workshops, special events, and so much more! Be sure to check out our Events Calendar! Then, drop by the Manatee Center to check out our aquariums, educational exhibits, and amazing gift shop!
A membership to the Manatee Center does more than just give you perks! A membership supports our mission to promote understanding and responsible actions for the protection of the Treasure Coast’s fragile ecosystems and their inhabitants by providing sustaining support for the educational programs, displays, and exhibits that are enjoyed every day at the Manatee Center.
DON'T MISS OUR SPECIAL OFFER!
Purchase any of our adult memberships and receive another adult membership of equal or lesser value FREE! This is an amazing gift even for loved ones far away as we are partners of the ANCA Reciprocal Membership Program allowing discounts and benefits on nature centers nationwide! Your Manatee Center Membership card is more valuable than ever!
So get in the spirit and Buy One, Gift One! Hurry, offer ends December 31st!
Our number one goal is to provide quality education to all of our visitors! View our HOLIDAY EVENTS to see all our upcoming programs that you do not want to miss!
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MONDAY MADNESS CAMPS!
Monday December 23rd- Spineless Wonders!
Monday December 30th– What’s For Dinner?
Study foods webs, dissect an owl pellet, and more! Find out what makes up the ocean food web and how humans impact it.
Monday January 6th-
Become Sherlock Homles in this Detective Camp! Learn problem solving skills by cracking codes, collecting clues and solving a real mystery!
Looking for something new and exciting for your child?
The Manatee Center is offering weekend workshops, hands-on educational programs, and special events just for you!
Join the Manateam!
We are looking for some dedicated people, like you, to volunteer at the Manatee Center. Do you want to learn more about Florida's favorite marine mammal? Come volunteer in our Exhibit Hall where visitors can learn all about manatees and our local environment through our educational displays. Do you love shopping for the perfect gift? Come explore our unique nature inspired items and get a volunteer discount! in the Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop as a Gift Shop Assistant. Do you enjoy the excitement of live animal encounters? Come volunteer as a Discovery Guide and show others our reptiles and marine critters in our touch tank. Training for all positions is provided! Our dedidicated team of volunteers, otherwise known as the ManaTeam, allow us to continuously provide environmental education for all of our visitors. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Jackie Jurgensen (772) 216-3746, for more information or attend our monthly Volunteer Recruitment Open House on the first Saturday of every month from 2-4pm.
Gift Shop News
The weather outside may not be frightful, but Christmas in Florida can be so delightful! While balmy breezes and swaying palms may not be everyone's idea of a typical white Christmas, The Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop has some pretty unique ways to celebrate the season! Shop online or visit us in the store for all your seasonal shopping!