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NEW! Spring Break Camps

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CAMPERS ages 7-12 will have a whale of a good time this Spring Break with special daily camps. Sign up for your favorite days or sign up for the whole week and get one day free. 

22nd Annual NatureFest

HandTreeNATUREFEST is just around the corner. Join us Saturday, February 24th, 2018 for our greatest environmental festival with over 30 family-friendly eco-orgs and businesses on display. Join the Fun!

Manatee Center 5K

MOEC 5K Top ArticleWALK OR RUN across Seaway Drive Bridge in Downtown Fort Pierce for the Manatee Center 5K! Kids and adults will love this year's special 10th anniversary 5K on St. Patrick's Day 2018!

UPDATE: The Manatee Center raised nearly $300 during our Mother's Day Plant Sale! These funds will be dedicated specifically to purchasing plants for the native butterfly garden being installed at the Manatee Center. Thank you to everyone who supported us, and keep an eye out for future plant sale fundraisers! :) 

A [Native Butterfly] Garden Grows

The Manatee Center is proud to announce that we are beginning the installation of a native butterfly garden at the Center along Moore's Creek. In mid-March, nine volunteer students drove from Plymouth State University during their Spring Break vacation to begin installation of the garden. With support from the City of Fort Pierce and donations from Home Depot, we have transformed a grassy patch into the early stages of a mulched native butterfly garen.

Day 3 garden on the water               Week 2 mini fence


Presite Waterfront     Day 1 removing sod3

We are working with a local contractor to install an ADA-accessible walkway, will host a plant sale fundraiser in time for Mother's Day, and hope to furnish the garden with stepping stones, bird bath, and bird feeder. In early June we will be installing two beautiful garden benches donated by staff from Harbor Retirement Associates in honor of Lynn Simmers and designed by renowned local mosaic artist Anita Prentice

The garden will serve as a local natural area to visit in Downtown Fort Pierce, as well as an outdoor educational area to learn about the benefits of plants and butterflies native to our region. 

Thank you to the following groups and sponsors for supporting our Native Butterfly Garden so far:

City of Fort Pierce  PSU logo  Home Depot    HRA Logo RGB  

For more information, or to help support this new endeavor, please contact MOEC's Development Officer, Rachel Tennant, at 772-429-8597 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.