LagoonFest May 21st at ELC

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The Environmental Learning Center is hosting LagoonFest May 21st on their lagoon island campus from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. This event was formerly known as Eco-Fest.  “Restoration” is the theme for the 2022 LagoonFest, focusing on how healing the connection to nature can be and the ways the health of the environment is directly associated with human well-being.

LagoonFest activities and experiences will be set up in various areas across the ELC property and include Canoe Quick Trips and Pontoon Boat Rides.  Captain Hiram’s is sponsoring a treasure hunt for children. Admission to LagoonFest is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 11 and under.  Canoe Quick Trips are available for $10 and 45-minute Pontoon Boat Rides are $15.  Time slot reservations can be made on-site the day of the event. Eco-friendly exhibitors and vendors will be set up on the grass lawn area called the Oval in front of the new Thomas R. Schidel Education and Event Pavilion.   Entertainment includes Vero Beach Pipes and Drums at 11:30 AM and music throughout the day from Barwick Entertainment.

LagoonFest guests can experience the Touch Tank in the Discovery Station. Storytelling by local children’s authors; Camy De Mario and Piper Johnson, will be set up in the Lagoon Room. The ELC education staff will have environmentally friendly crafts for all ages. Pond dip netting is available for everyone who wants to get their feet wet and explore life in the Indian River Lagoon.  Food and beverages will be available all day long.

Schedule of Events

10:00 AM-4:00 PM     Vendors and Activities -The Oval

10:00 AM-4:00 PM     Captain Hiram’s Treasure Hunt-Check in at Captain Hiram’s Booth

10:00 AM-4:00 PM     Bio Cube, Scoop the Poop & Yard Games-Centerfield

10:00 AM-4:00 PM     Interactive Art Activities-Photo Wall Area

10:00 AM-12:30 PM   Camy De Mario-Animation/Storytime 10:30 AM-Lagoon Room   

10:30 AM-3:30 PM     Crafts-Under the Discovery Station

10:30 AM-12:30 PM   Bird Walks-Check in at the ELC Information Tent

10:30 AM-3:30 PM     Pond Dip Netting-Pond Area                     

10:30 AM-1:30 PM     Canoe Quick Trips-Canoe Dock-Purchase Tickets at the Oval                     

10:30 AM-1:30 PM     Pontoon Quick Trips-Pontoon Dock-Purchase Tickets at the Oval             

11:30 AM-12:15 PM  Vero Beach Pipes and Drums-Oval and Parade to Campus

12:30 PM                    Qigong Class-Nature Play Area

1:00 PM & 3:00 PM   Drum Circle with Kevin Beatkeeper-The Gazebo

1:30 PM-4:00 PM      Piper Johnson-Children’s Author Storytime at 2:00 PM-Lagoon Room

2:30 PM                      Walking Meditation Class-Butterfly Garden

For Event Information:      Sue Harr    772 589 5050

For Sponsor Information:  Janie Hoover   772 473 3410

For Vendor Information:   Nancy Puglio  772 589 5050

The Environmental Learning Center is a 64-acre island nature park surrounded by the Indian River Lagoon.    The ELC is open seven days a week and located at the western foot of the Wabasso Bridge in Indian River County. The nonprofit nature center is a destination for water activities, walking trails and wellness programs. With a mission to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own well-being, the ELC is committed to sharing the importance of protecting and restoring our natural resources.

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