This holiday season the Manatee Center wants to create a dedicated classroom space by adding versatile, retractable screen walls to our outdoor pavilion. The Manatee Foundation is fundraising to support this effort.
The total cost will be $20,000, but we have a match! We're raising the remaining $10,000 for this project, and every dollar raised has already been matched by a generous donor. Your gift will be worth double!
About The Manatee Center
Each year, we reach over 55,000 people including students, travelers, locals, families, teens, and volunteers.
The Manatee Center offers guided education programs at our exhibit hall, led by our Education Coordinator, April Frederick, and wonderful education volunteers, many of whom are retired educators. Schools, day cares, and afterschool programs schedule field trips of 20 to 60 or more students to come to the Manatee Center and experience interactive, hands-on environmental lesson plans. Students hold sea urchins, build sharks, dress as veterinarians to diagnose injured (plush) manatees, and explore our beautiful Indian River Lagoon from the observation tower.
When field trips visit the Center today, we welcome them into our exhibit hall, and close half of the exhibit hall building in order to accommodate their program. If visitors come to the Center, they have limited access to our exhibits and can only experience half of the museum while the education program is under way.
We have been updating our indoor tanks and exhibits over the last year, and want to keep the exhibit hall available to our visitors, even when we have education programs.
How You Can Help
With your support, we will install motorized, retractable screen walls to the outdoor pavilion, which will create a dedicated classroom space of approximately 500 square feet, and permit us to run the bulk of our education programs in a private, outdoor setting. We are working with engineers to ensure that the space is safe, accessible, and comfortable in all weather.
The total cost will be $20,000, but we have a match! We're raising $10,000 for this project, and every dollar raised toward that $10,000 will be matched. Your gift will be worth double!
Your support will help us create a dedicated outdoor classroom space where educators can conduct hands-on experiential programming.