Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge
One of the nation’s significant land acquisition efforts to protect marine turtles. Located on the barrier island north of Wabasso Causeway. (772) 562-3909 ext 275.
Environmental Learning Center
A hands-on approach to investigating the environment...walk through a mangrove forest, butterfly garden, wet labs and more. Open daily with one-hour tours weekdays. 255 Live Oak Drive, Wabasso Causeway. (772) 589-5050.
Environmental Viewing Area
View manatees and other wildlife during the winter months. Located on the west of the Vero Beach Municipal Power Plant, Indian River Blvd. Near the 17th Street Bridge.
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Explore the world of underwater science. Land and boat guided tours are available, as well as planned activities: turtle walks, day trips and Associate Member events. Unique gift shop featuring marine life books, clothing and jewelry. Located at 5600 N. U.S.1, Ft Pierce. Call (772) 465-4600 or visit www.fau.edu/hboi/
McKee Botanical Garden
This 18-acre subtropical garden offers a diverse botanical collection as well as several restored historical treasures, library and gift shop. Self-guided and pre-arranged tours available. Tues.-Sat, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday, noon - 5 p.m. 350 U.S.1, Vero Beach.
Call (772) 794-0601 or visit www.mckeegarden.org
Enjoy the Oslo Road Conservation Area, 350 acres along the Indian River Lagoon in southern Indian River County. Canopies of live oaks, orchids, wild coffee bushes, mangrove wetlands and wildlife are part of the experience. Open daily from dawn till dusk. There is no admission charge. (772) 778-7200.
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge
Designated as the first National Wildlife Refuge by President Theodore Roosevelt, this historical landmark protects thousands of pelicans and other wading birds. Jungle Trail observation area and boat tours available. (772) 562-3909, ext.275.
St. Sebastian River Buffer Preserve
Hiking, jogging, walking and nature study are permitted throughout the preserve. Horseback riding allowed. (321) 953-5004.
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