Lunch & Learn
Join us on Friday, September 12th at noon
for the Manatee Center Lunch & Learn!
Invasive Plants: What You Need to Know!
Bring your lunch and join us on Friday, September 12 at noon for our FREE Lunch and Learn lecture featuring guest speaker Erin Cartmill, naturalist and affilliate of the Florida Conservation Corps. Invasive exotic plant species cost the state of Florida billions of dollars every year and can infest even the healthiest of plant communities. This lecture will offer insight on how to identify invasives, how they can affect you and how to prevent their spread. Ms. Cartmill will also offer alternative landscaping solutions focusing on native plant species. Please join us at the Manatee Observation and Education Center, (MOEC), to learn how you can support your favorite ecosystems, from flatwoods to mangroves and the lagoon.
Our number one goal is to provide quality education to all of our visitors!
Looking for something new and exciting for your child?
The Manatee Center is offering weekend workshops, hands-on educational programs, and special events just for you!
Join the Manateam!
Looking for something fun to do?
Become a Volunteer!
We are always looking for awesome volunteers to make the Manatee Center shine! Have you ever wondered if manatees have fingernails? Or how a corn snake got its name? There's so much to explore and learn when you become a member of the ManaTeam!
Spend your time exploring for manatees in our creek or talking to people from around the world. Perform animal encounters with our amazing touch tank and if you're brave enough, our snake!
You could even show visitors the best gifts in town in the Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop!
Make some amazing friends and give back to the community! The rewards are endless as a Manatee Center Volunteer!
Contact our Program Coordinator at
(772)466-1600 X3334 for more information
Gift Shop News
Vanishing Mermaid Gift Shop
Time for Some Florida Fun
Whether you are visiting our area for the first time or enjoying a Florida "staycation" stop by the Vanishing Mermaid for your Fun 'n the Sun needs!
Manatee Beach Towel
Foldable Sun Hat
Fashion Sun Shades
Here are a few specials:
Fashion scarves 20% off
All jewelry 20% to 50% off
Fiber Doormats Now only $10