ELC Pontoon Boat Now Wheelchair Accessible

NEWS RELEASE

The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is proud to announce that we can now have guests with wheelchairs on our beloved pontoon boat excursions. With our new roll-a-ramp, a portable, aluminum ramp that gently gets the guests from the dock to the pontoon boat, all guests can now enjoy this beautiful boat trip on the Indian River Lagoon.

The Environmental Learning Center’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. With our pontoon boat now being easily accessible, we are carrying out our mission to reach all people.

In addition to the ELC’s wheelchair ramp, we also have all-terrain wheelchairs for those who would like to explore the campus and admire the natural world around them.

The ELC offers several different pontoon boat tours. Our Pelican Island Pontoon Boat Tour carefully glides over sea grass beds, while you search for wildlife on the Indian River Lagoon. The cruise takes you by Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge (the nation’s first national wildlife refuge) and mangrove islands where birds, manatees, and dolphins gather. Our naturalist guide provides just the right touch of education through commentary and props and will also provide information about how you can positively impact the Lagoon. Binoculars are provided.

Advance reservations required to guarantee a seat on board.

  • Child $15 /Child Member $12
  • Adult $35/Adult Member $30
  • Infant (under 2 years old) $12
    Passengers will meet their Guide in the Welcome Center. Please arrive 15 minutes in advance of departure. A minimum of 8 passengers is needed for this tour.

Sunset Tours

A perfect way to end the day! Sit back, relax and take in the beauty around you on our Sunset Pontoon Tours. Cruise on the lagoon and enjoy the incredible Florida sunsets while watching the wildlife. Binoculars are provided.

Advance reservations required to guarantee a seat on board. Please call (772) 589-5050 ext. 101 for more information.

Private Tours

To reserve the entire pontoon boat for a family or friends gathering, birthday or wedding party, business or club outing, contact: 772-589-5050 ext. 101 or GuestServices@DiscoverELC.org. ​Catering, tour guide and other options available.

For over 30 years, the ELC has worked to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being. Plentiful, year-round options are available for humans to connect with nature and learn about the interdependence of all ecosystems, including guided pontoon boat trips on the Indian River Lagoon, summer camps for children, a monthly EcoTalk Lecture Series, school field trips, professional development training, and more. Our 64-acre, lagoon-island campus includes native plant gardens, miles of boardwalk through mangrove forests, kayaks and canoe rentals, a children’s play area and many other amenities to increase access to nature for people of all ages. Learn more about volunteer, membership, sponsorship, and program opportunities at DiscoverELC.org.

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