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Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation Inc

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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation offers so much support to the Manatee Observation and Education Center. The board members are very active in all fundraising events and even host work days to help spruce up the Center! They go above and beyond! Thank you for all you do!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have had the pleasure to work with this group of men and women for the past year and a half. Besides being stewards for our fragile ecosystem and our lagoon, the work done by this group has given countless young people opportunities to experiences they would not have had access to. I am proud to have my name associated with this foundation.

Previous Stories

Board Member

Rating: 5

The staff of the Manatee Observation and Education Center have a genuine passion and dedication to their work. For more than twenty years the center has been an integral part of our community. The programs and events they offer are not only educational, but are guaranteed to be fun for the entire family.
I now sit on the board and am proud to work side by side with a great team that is equally dedicated to ensure the Manatee Center can continue to, and expand on the work they are doing.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Through its support of the Manatee Observation and Education Center located in Fort Pierce, Florida the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation enables vitally important environmental education for school children and the general public, not only as to manatees but the Indian River Lagoon and the whole marine environment that manatees are dependent upon.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great Educational Facility teaching tourists our citizens and student's about the manatees along with other sea life.

Donor

Rating: 5

My experience with the treasure coast Manatee foundation was first-rate from my initial contact with them, until the event concluded.

All of the directors and personnel in the foundation were Hands-On, easy to work with people who were focused on making the event popular for both participants and their friends, family and observers.

I only wish that all other not charitable organizations with whom I am associated were as efficient as professional as tcmf.

Jay Kirschner

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation continues to gain recognition and expand it's donor base to support , through multiple fund raising activities, the great work in environmental education programs, environmental awareness events and community activities offered by the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce Florida.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a native of Florida (and the Treasure Coast) I have a great love and appreciation for our waterways and the animals that inhabit them. The Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation provides a great source of education and goes above and beyond to preserve and protect our our waters. I highly recommend that everyone visit especially if you have children!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

A great place to learn about local wildlife and their habitats. The staff is amazing and every visit is always an educational and positive experience!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I always bring out of area family and friends to the TCMF. Great experience, beautiful surroundings and a fun place even when the manatees are not visible. Love this place!

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an elementary and middle school science teacher, on special assignment in the St Lucie Public School’s Office of Teaching and Learning, with the responsibilities of a Science Curriculum Developer, I truly understand the need and value, for our diverse student population to have the ability to participate in hands on learning, in conjunction with real life experiences. The Manatee Observation and Education Center affords the students of the Treasure Coast and beyond, an extremely unique educational opportunity.

Emily D.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Provides crucial support for wonderful programs and behind the scenes needs of the Manatee Center.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Whenever we have family visit from out of town, this is always one of the places we have to visit. A fun place to check out the exhibits and to also pick up a souvenir from the gift shop

Patrice Florio W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

What an amazing little treasure! Tucked into historic Downtown Fort Pierce, The Manatee Center offers excellent information about these gentle giants of our waters. A must visit for children and adults alike!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of stopping in for the first time recently. I leahred much about manatees and their surrounding habitat. What a special experience to treasure in the area.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

TCMF supports, through multiple fund raising activities, the great work in environmental education programs, environmental awareness events and community activities offered by the Manatee Observation and Education Center in Fort Pierce Florida.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have worked with the Treasure Coast Manatee Foundation for nearly 1.5 years. In this time they have supported a Halloween Party at the Manatee Center with free admission for all visitors, a new tank for the Center’s corn snake, summer camp transportation and volunteer scholarships, and development of the new native butterfly garden. They fundraise with local events like the Manatee Center 5K and Painting with a Purpose, and sales like Enjoyment Books. This is an important local nonprofit that supports a community environmental education center, and I look forward to seeing them grow.

Nate C.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From fun fundraising events, like the Manatee Center 5k, to environmental education events, like Nature Fest, and even the behind the scenes stuff, like aquarium tank changes in the exhibit hall, it's always an amazing adventure and a learning experience for me to be a small part in the big picture of environmental protection and awareness. Thank you TCMF!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The members of the foundation go beyond the call of duty to promote the interest of the community by educating the community about our eco-systems and the importance of protecting our fragile environment.

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.