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Explore timely and relevant resources, activities and learning opportunities curated and created by Oxbow Eco-Center staff. Check back often for exciting updates including family activities, educational resources and inspiring guest speaker videos.



Between the Pines: The Oxbow Eco-Center Newsletter

Oxbow Eco-Center is committed to bringing you timely, useful information from St. Lucie County and beyond. In our newsletters, you'll discover relevant, engaging topics and ideas and unique activities and opportunities for you to enjoy in your own yard or one of St. Lucie's 22 nature preserves. You can view past issues by clicking the links below. To sign up and receive issues of Between the Pines by email, sign up at the bottom of  Oxbow Eco-Center's homepage

Staying Healthy in COVID Times    April 13

Celebrate & Take Action! Earth Day 2020    April 22



 NEW! Family Activity Guide for Families Exploring St. Lucie County Preserves

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 This printable activity guide includes easy, quick and fun activities perfect for exploring any of St. Lucie County's Preserves.  Find a preserve near you by visiting !

Additional issues coming soon with more fun activities! 


What exactly are these "new" lizards and reptiles around St. Lucie County?

 Curious about the new species of reptiles spotted in your neighborhood?

Download this guide to help identify them and learn how to be a part of citizen science.

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Watch an informational video about Oxbow's Invasive Reptile Citizen Science Intiative:




Meet a native local reptile, the Box Turtle!



Learn about the local native Greater Siren.



Follow the journey of water and discover how water connects us all.


More Family & Nature

10 Nature Activities to Help Get Your Family Through the Coronavirus Pandemic

Seven indoor activities you can do with kids about Leave No Trace, nature, and outdoor adventures!

 Found a mushroom, flower, or bug and not sure what it is? Learn about SEEK and see if it knows!

 Nature is a great teacher! Try these ideas from Project Learning Tree connecting children to the outdoors.

Birds are fascinating! Find out more with Cornell University's resources for kids K-12 (and grown-up kids, too!).



 Be a St. Lucie Water Champion!


For Your Viewing Pleasure: Notable Speakers from Oxbow Eco-Center's Lecture Series


"Back to the Future" presented by Dr. R. Grant Gilmore, Ph.D.

 Take a step back in time and feel the cool clear water of the Indian River Lagoon while learning about extraordinary fish and crustaceans that have long made Fort Pierce a hot spot for anglers, tourists and scientists alike. Why is St. Lucie County the healthiest stretch of the Lagoon, not just today but throughout time? By the end you’ll learn to love your river like never before. 


"The True Value of Green Spaces" presented by Chris Matthews at St. Lucie's Community Resilience Planning Workshop

Nature preserves protect and enhance our air and water quality, contribute to the public understanding of natural systems and native species, provide sites for educational activities, outdoor recreation, wildlife observation, and nature appreciation, and preserve unique features and the natural beauty of our area.


 "Beyond Triage: Treasured Waters"

St. Lucie County Administrator Howard Tipton and Water Quality Manager Patrick Dayan present the current state of the Indian River Lagoon, human impacts and what the future might hold for its treasured waters.





A Gut Reaction: The Indian River Lagoon

 Dr. Brian LaPointe, Ph.D., with Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, shares how septic tanks contribute to the decline of the Indian River Lagoon's health and water quality, and what can be done to mitigate their effects.




"Marjorie Harris Carr - A Florida Super Hero" with Dr. Peggy MacDonald 

With engaging historic postcards, photos, and lively discussion, historian Dr. Peggy Macdonald blends environment and history to convey an inspirational message through the life and work of Marjorie Harris Carr.



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