Oxbow Eco-Center Earns Hometown News Readers’ Choice Award
For the third consecutive year, the readers of the Hometown News in both Port St. Lucie and Fort Pierce voted the Oxbow Eco-Center as the Best Nature Center in the weekly newspaper’s Readers’ Choice Awards for 2018.
Situated on a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the Oxbow provides a beautiful background for friends and families to experience the real Florida. In fact, each year about 30,000 people do just that. Some come out to hike the trails or visit the Oxbow’s animal ambassadors, some volunteer their time to give back to the community, while others seek to learn and gain knowledge by participating in some of the hundreds of educational programs offered each year. The Oxbow is best known for its large special events such as the annual Earth Day Festival in April and the Procession of the Species, which is part of the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival – held this year on Saturday, Oct. 27, starting at 10:30 a.m. along the Ft. Pierce waterfront.
“For almost two decades now, the Oxbow has been focused on bringing the community together to learn about, experience and celebrate our natural world. We’ve done that through a variety of programs aimed at all ages whether that’s a lecture on water quality or workshops in our butterfly garden,” explained Sandra Bogan, environmental education and outreach manager for the Oxbow. “With ongoing support from the Board of County Commissioners, our staff will continue to focus on the county’s mission statement relating to the protection of our natural resources, especially our waterways.”
The Oxbow Eco-Center promotes conservation and sustainability of natural resources by actively engaging people in immersive, interactive educational programs designed to increase awareness of the interconnectedness of people and the natural world. Its mission is to cultivate knowledge, nurture a sense of wonder, and inspire stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism and celebration.
“The Oxbow has more than 100 volunteers, from young people to retirees, bringing a wide variety of knowledge, skills and interests with them,” Bogan added. “We will continue to work with these amazing community leaders and expand our educational efforts this year to really focus on what our residents and businesses can do to help improve our local waterways, including the Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River.”
For a complete list of programs stop by the Oxbow Eco-Center at 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie or call the staff at 772-785-5833 or visit www.oxboweco.com. The Oxbow is an environmental learning center managed and operated by the St. Lucie County Board of County Commissioners, within the Environmental Resources Department.