About The Florida Oceanographic Society
Florida Oceanographic Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1964 with the mission to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida's coastal ecosystems through education, research and advocacy.
The Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center is in Martin County, on 57 acres of bio-diverse land between the Indian River Lagoon and the Atlantic Ocean, which is home to over 4300 species of plants and animals. Opening its doors in 1994, the Center has become a popular place to visit and volunteer for locals and tourists alike by offering hands on experiences that are fun and educational.
Fun for all ages, the Coastal Center aims to engage our community by getting people interested in wildlife, inspiring them to want to work to preserve this environment for the future. Popular among visitors are the touch tanks, where sea urchins, horseshoe crabs and stingrays can be seen, touched and even fed. The sea turtle pavilion allows visitors to experience the beauty of larger than life sea turtles up close and personal; some weighing in at over 400 pounds. The one of a kind, 750,000-gallon game fish lagoon is home to over 300 different animals, even sharks. There are also nature trails and indoor exhibits and aquariums.
Along with the activities of the Coastal Center, this summer you can enjoy the adventures of Nighttime Sea Turtle Walks, Oyster Bagging and a Seagrass Survey. Be sure to check out all of the activities the Florida Oceanographic Coastal Center has to offer by checking out their events calendar, and don't forget to volunteer!