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WABASSO -- The Environmental Learning Center is sponsoring a Big Beach Clean Up from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on March 30 as one of its 25th anniversary celebration events. The beach clean-up is hosted by Penny Hill Beach Emporium.
Parking for the clean-up will take place at Wabasso Beach, or follow the additional parking signs. Participants should then start by visiting ELC's booth alongside Penny Hill Beach Emporium located at 1840 Wabasso Beach Road.
Pick-up gloves, bags, and picker-uppers will be provided. When a participant returns with a full bag of beach trash, they will receive a special gift that includes an array of items including free ELC admission passes, memberships or a free canoe excursion.
The first 50 early birds also will receive an official ELC/Penny Hill reusable acrylic cup and free drink refills for the rest of the day. They may bring the cup back to Penny Beach Emporium any time after the clean-up and receive a discount on drink refills.
The Environmental Learning Center is a nature center located north of Vero Beach off County Road 510 at the western end of the Wabasso Bridge.
More than 30,000 children from the county have participated in ELC's educational programs, one of the few experiential field trips offered to all children in the Indian River school system.
The center is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon, and on Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults, with children under 12 free. The first Saturday of every month the admission fee is waived. The 64-acre island campus includes a Discovery Station with aquariums, a marine touch tank and exhibits as well as a native plant gardens, a self-guided audio tour, picnic facilities, a gift shop and a visitor center. ELC is a non-profit organization funded by private donations.
For more information visit www.DiscoverELC.org or call (772) 589-5050.