Welcome to the Manatee Center!
Manatee Center Summer Camps!
Join us for our Nature Seekers Camp, June 16-20, where we will discover wetlands, uplands, and coastal ecosystems found in our own backyard! This camp is designed for ages 5-9 and runs from 9 am- 4 pm.
Need even more adventure? Check out Eco-Keepers Camp, July 7-11, for ages 8-12. This camp features exciting outdoor adventures, including beachcombing, seining, kayaking, and more!
Our number one goal is to provide quality education to all of our visitors!
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!
Ages: middle school aged children
Cost: $5.00 per child/ adults free with admission
Date & Time: Saturday, April 26th at 11:00 p.m. – 12:00 p.m.
We are turning trash into treasure! Learn how to upcycle materials from around your house to turn them into cooler, useful items! We will be using everyday items like....plastic bottles, bottle caps, cans, plastic bags, etc. Instead of these items ending in a landfill, learn how to use these materials to make new, even better, items! Spaces are limited and registration is required. Must meet minimum.
Join the Manateam!
Looking for something fun to do?
Become a Volunteer!
We are always looking for some awesome volunteers to make the Manatee Center Shine! Have you ever wondered if manatees have fingernails? Or how a corn snake got its name? There's so much to explore and learn when you become a member of the ManaTeam!
Spend your time exploring for manatees in our creek or talking to people from around the world. Perform animal encounters with our amazing touch tank and if you're brave enough, our snake!
Or show visitors the best gifts in town from the Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop!
Make some amazing friends, learn about Florida's state marine mammal and give back to the community! What could be better than that? The rewards are endless as a Manatee Center Volunteer!
Contact our Program Coordinator at
(772)466-1600 X3334 for more information
Gift Shop News
The Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop has some pretty unique ways to celebrate spring! Shop online or visit us in the store our latest and greatest additions like the adorable Mana-Tea Infuser, funky octopus boxers, and classic manatee notecards!