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Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animals, Arts & Culture, Environment, Natural History & Natural Science Museums, Protection of Endangered Species, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

Mission: The Foundation’s mission is to support and enhance environmental awareness, education, conservation, and stewardship of endangered species and natural resources, fulfilling its mission through the Manatee Observation and Education Center.

Results: To further its commitment to environmental awareness and education, the Foundation has contributed funding for Manatee Center programs, has awarded scholarships to local graduating seniors interested in pursuing a degree in the field of environmental science, and has given classroom mini-grants to local teachers for classroom projects designed to enhance conservation efforts. Through volunteer initiatives, citizen involvement, community, business and governmental partnerships, both the Manatee Center and the Foundation are committed to continuing their missions.

Target demographics: support and enhance environmental awareness, education, conservation and stewardship of endangered species and natural resources,

Geographic areas served: the Indian River Lagoon through the Manatee Observation and Education Center

Programs: environmental summer camps, lecture series, scholarships, hands-on experiential learning at the Manatee Observation and Education Center, and more.

Community Stories

11 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for the Manatee Center for over 15 years and have assisted in many events. I have been impressed by the knowledgeable staff and the other volunteers who donate their time every week. Volunteers are trained well, which helps to enhance the visitor's experience. This is a great organization to volunteer for or to donate funds to assist in it's cause. You will not be disappointed.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

A hidden gem.....this is a great organization that offers vastly important information and programs to protect and care for the Indian River Lagoon. I have been proud to help as a volunteer for many years and look forward to many more. Spending time with kids using a seine net and watching them smile as they observe their catch in amazement is one of my favorite experiences.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at the Manatee Center in Ft. Pierce for three years. I love helping our visitors learn about manatees and the IRL. I've made some lifelong friends with employees as well as other volunteers. A great place to hope I'm making a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering at the Manatee Center for over 2 years now, and it has been an incredible experience. I have learned so many life lessons, and I will never forget the people I have met

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a sponsor of TCMF for several years, and participated in many of their events. They historically have fulfilled, and continue to fulfill, an extremely valuable service for the Treasure Coast and the Manatees. Their educational programs and events are an invaluable resource for our community, especially for our children and young adults. TCMF is a clearinghouse for information concerning the many inter-related facets of the Indian River Lagoon---as well as a "hub" for disseminating information about this 'treasure' of a natural resource.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I sit on the board of the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation because the future is education and that is what this foundation does, it raises funding for education. The Indian River lagoon is the most diverse estuary in the United States. Without organizations that protect through education and physical actions this area would be lost and all the sea creatures it supports would disappear from the earth. The events that TCMF hosts are family orientated for nature lovers of all ages. The attached photo was taken by an avid sponsor of TCMF while boating on the Ichetucknee River outside of Branford Florida on February 18th 2017

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with the Manatee Center for almost a decade, starting when I was a teenager. I have learned so much about not only the environment, but the amazing people working with this establishment. The staff and other volunteers truly care about educating the public and doing what they can to promote environmental safety and knowledge by donating their time.
The moments I enjoy the most is seeing the wonder and amazement in the faces of visitors as I tell them what I know about manatees and the other wildlife here in Florida. The Manatee Center and TCMF are wonderful, and I hope they keep up the amazing work they are doing to promote education to the public.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Great organization supporting multiple environmental educational programs about one of the most diverse marine estuaries in the world.

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Donor

Rating: 5

They show everyone where the lagoon and learning intersects!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Unreal beauty. Kindest volunteers. A true treasure.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at the Manatee Center for over 20 years. I have learned about manatees & other creatures and their environments through the personnel who were employed or came to teach at the Manatee Center. It is a wonderful place to pass on environmental knowledge and stewardship, especially to our young folks. There is nothing more rewarding than to have families stop to thank you for teaching them about manatees and the live critters at the Center. To me, summer camp has the most impact on the children, and I have heard the older kids (12-13 year olds) say they can't wait to be a junior counselor at camp (15 years old) - and many do. I know that I have found an outlet to pass my knowledge on to other volunteers and our most precious treasure - our children.