Each year the Council & Center offer educational and community activities that help promote environmental education among both youth and adults. Click here for a current schedule of our upcoming events.
Turtle Walks: The Environmental Studies Council hosts two sea turtle nesting walks at the Environmental Studies Center each summer. Join us at the Center for an educational lecture, while our scouts patrol the beach looking for a nesting loggerhead sea turtle. Once a turtle has been spotted, participants will drive to the beach to watch her nest. Nesting walk dates will be announced in May.
The Great Give: The Great Give is a 24-hour online giving event designed to raise as much money as possible for local nonprofits in a single day. Every gift made during the 24-hour period will be multiplied by additional dollars from a bonus pool raised by the Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties. It will take place this year on April 24th (midnight to midnight). Please click here for more information.
Open Houses: The Center opens periodically on weekends during the school year for families to attend and share this unique experience. Open Houses include the back-to-school Open House in the Fall, Grandparents Day in February, and Earth Day in April.
Youth Driven Cinema, K-12 Environmental Film Festival
The Environmental Studies Center is excited to present this year’s Youth Driven Cinema (YDC). The mission of YDC is to engage the youth of Martin County in community involvement and environmental awareness through the arts and sciences. Youth Driven Cinema fulfills its mission through an environmentally themed film competition for Martin County students and public film festival that features the competition’s best entries.
All public, private, and home school K-12 students in Martin County are encouraged to create and enter their films in the competition. Students can enter their 3 minute film in variety of styles but must incorporate this year’s theme, “Saving Florida’s Ecosystems.” The entry deadline is March 22nd and detailed submission instructions can be found on the YDC website.
A panel of judges scores all of the entries and the top five films in four categories (Elementary, Middle, High School, and School of Fish) will be shown at the YDC Environmental Film Festival on May 10th at 6:30 pm at the Lyric Theatre. The Indian River Lagoon Council has generously donated cash prizes for the top three films in each category. All students attending the festival will also have an opportunity to win a GoPro Hero camera.
Students, families, and the general public are encouraged to attend the film festival. Thanks to a generous donor, we are excited to announce FREE admission to the film festival. Tickets may be picked up at the Lyric box office. Donations will be accepted with proceeds supporting Environmental Studies Center summer camp scholarships.
Detailed information including submission instructions and how to get your FREE ticket to the film festival can be found at www.youthdrivencinema.com
Environmental Lecture Series presented by the Tobacco Free Partnership of Martin County: Fun, educational lectures for adults and children in February and March in the Center’s auditorium! Each year the series features speakers who are leaders in their respective field of environmental education. Past lecture topics have included “Water Quality, Coral Reefs and Red Tide,” “Health of the Indian River Lagoon System,” “Florida’s Role in a Sea Turtle World,” “Managing Natural Areas,” “Fishing for Ear Bones,” and “Hurricane Impacts on Marine Ecosystems.” Visit our Lecture Series page for a complete schedule.
Summer Day Camp (June and July): The Center hosts a popular summer camp program during the months of June and July, where students can participate in seining, fishing, snorkeling, and trips to St. Lucie Inlet State Park, Jonathan Dickinson State Park, Bathtub Reef Beach, Dubois Park, and Coral Cove Park. The camps are one-week sessions offered during the months of June and July. You can register here.
Camp W.E.T. (Water – Environment – Technology): This grant-funded program consists of three two-week sessions of active classroom lessons and intense hands-on field investigations. Students are selected by teachers for their enthusiasm for marine science and many receive scholarships from the Council to participate!
Summer Camp Scholarships: The council provides scholarships for summer camp to second through eighth grade students in Martin County. Area teachers nominate students with interest in the environment to receive these scholarships. Each scholarship awarded provides one week of summer camp. These scholarships are supported through the ongoing generosity of individuals and organizations throughout the community.
College Scholarships: The Council awards scholarships to assist students graduating from high schools in Martin County who will pursue environmental education in college. Each student receives $2,000 the first year, and $1,000 for each of the next three years provided they continue to meet the Council’s criteria.
Pre-K Tours: Depending on the availability of the Center’s classrooms and campus, pre-K classes may be scheduled throughout the school year. The classes are conducted by Council volunteers who have received training by the Center’s teachers in age-appropriate curriculum.
Hall of Fame Garden: The Council has honored recently deceased local men and women who were environmentalist who made an impact on our community. A plaque in their honor is added to the Hall of Fame Garden in front of the campus at the Environmental studies Center. The ceremony honoring the individual is held in November, though not every year.