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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
Great organization supporting multiple environmental educational programs about one of the most diverse marine estuaries in the world.
They show everyone where the lagoon and learning intersects!
Unreal beauty. Kindest volunteers. A true treasure.
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.