Treasure Coast Education
animals that live there.
Fifth-graders travel by boat to explore a spoil island.
Sixth-grade students spend a half-day boating
and a half-day at the center, studying water quality
and the types of river bottom. Seventh-graders
examine wetlands and their native plants.
As if the staff didn’t have enough responsibility
shepherding more than 12,000 students through the
center each year, two summer camps are open to
Also making the yearly field trip are environmental
science and marine biology students from Martin
County’s high schools.
The center’s supporters have always stepped up in
tough times to make sure it stays open. They see the
Environmental Studies Center as an example of the
best education money can buy in the fight to save our
“The Martin County School District invests
$500,000 annually to keep the center running, but
the benefits to the community, the children and the
future far outweigh the costs,” says ESC coordinator
Diane Pierce. In addition, the Environmental Studies
Council typically donates about $100,000 yearly.
“When we need things, they come through for us,”
says Pierce. “The council raises money to buy equipment,
supplies and fish food. Last year it was two new
engines for our boat and a pickup truck.”
Visitors to the Environmental Studies Center get acquainted with Joey, a baby alligator
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Now accepting applications for the 2010-2011 school year.
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3402 Delaware Avenue
Fort Pierce, FL 34947
who resides at the ESC with his own open air beach complete with pond.