Manatee Observation & Education Center, Fort Pierce

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The Manatee Observation and Education Center is a waterfront environmental education and wildlife viewing center located on Florida's east coast in beautiful downtown Fort Pierce. We are a not-for-profit organization operated by three full-time staff members, two part-time staff members, and nearly 100 volunteers.

The Center lies just west of the Atlantic ocean and straddles the nationally recognized Indian River Lagoon, a saltwater estuary, and Moore's Creek, a freshwater tributary. The site is a historical congregating place for Florida manatees as a result of warm water effluence from the long-retired Henry B. King Power Plant. While the plant is no longer there, it continues to be a congregating place for manatees and visitors alike.

Come inside the Center to learn about manatees and other wild animals, Florida's diverse habitats and much more. Explore hands-on exhibits and informational displays that are both fun and educational. Stand along the covered observation walkway or climb the second story observation tower for your chance to see Florida's "Gentle Giants" resting or playing in Moore's Creek. You may also see a variety of other wildlife including the Bottlenose Dolphin, Mullet, Brown Pelicans, and Terns. Stroll through the Center's gardens where red, yellow, and purple flowers abound. We are striving to replace exotic plants with native plants to attract Florida's colorful butterflies. And visit the pond area to read about our effort to sprout red mangrove propagules to donate and plant along the shoreline where needed.
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  • Great stop while on Ft Pierce. We watched for manatees from the bridge and marina wall across from the center. It was a slow day for Manatees but we did see one. Worth the stop.  more »
  • This is a small observation area that is worth the stop if you are downtown. There is a small museum that costs $1 per person. The museum would be good for young children but my 13 year old was bored,...  more »
  • Took my grandaughter to visit this place in October, she did enjoy it, and it was worthwhile. I do think they should expand the displays and provide some more details about these creatures, we left no...  more »
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