All St. Lucie County beach accesses will be closed July 3-5 to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

Oxbow Eco-Center

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St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department

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St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department (ERD) is committed to providing County residents with excellent customer service while being vigilant about the CDC’s COVID-19 recommendations.  It is our role and responsibility to prioritize the health and well-being of our customers and staff while protecting, preserving, and enhancing St. Lucie County’s environmental resources.  To achieve these goals, ERD’s main office, and the Oxbow Eco-Center will be closed to the public, though personnel are available to answer phone calls and emails. The Oxbow Preserve trails remain open 6:30AM-6:30PM daily.

The Guided Nature Program series has been suspended during this time, however on the bright side, all of St. Lucie County  Preserves remain open daily and are FREE to visit! For more information, visit:


Check out Oxbow Eco-Center's Resources and Learning Opportunities page for timely and relevant resources, activities and learning opportunities curated and created by Oxbow Eco-Center staff. 


Explore Oxbow Eco-Center's Virtual Volunteering and Stewardship Opportunities here!



What We Are

The Oxbow Eco-Center is a 225-acre preserve on the North Fork of the St Lucie River. We function as the Environmental Education and Community Outreach Division of St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department.  In a partnership between St. Lucie County & South Florida Water Management District, the property was purchased using Environmentally Significant Lands and Save Our Rivers funding. The land is managed and preserved to sustain native wildlife. Boardwalks, pedestrian trails and observation towers allow visitors to fully experience nature without disturbing it!

Trails are open daily from sunrise to sunset. The Oxbow Eco-Center is open Tuesdays-Fridays, 12pm-5pm, and Saturdays 10am-5pm. Dogs are welcome, but must remain on leash. Please pick up after your pets. Bikes are not permitted on trails, but check out other county preserves, as some do allow bikes!


Between the Pines: The Oxbow Eco-Center Newsletter

Oxbow Eco-Center's electronic newsletters are currently shared on a weekly basis. We're committed to bringing you timely, useful information from St. Lucie County and beyond. You'll discover relevant, engaging topics and ideas in each issue, and we also share 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 this page! 

Staying Healthy in COVID Times    April 13

Celebrate & Take Action! Earth Day 2020    April 22


Get Involved!

Volunteers play an essential role in Oxbow's operations and initiatives.  Whether you're looking for ongoing opportunities or a one-time project, check out the volunteer page.   


Come Explore!

The Eco-Center houses our Exhibit Hall and Discovery Room, and invite you to use all your senses. Touch various artifacts of nature, listen to bird songs, and meet some of Florida’s native reptiles! Our centerpiece exhibit is a life-size diorama of the St. Lucie River that takes you on a journey from its lush freshwater beginnings to the rich biodiversity of the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Look closely to spot some of your favorite Florida natives…they may be hiding!

Our Discovery Room is home to our Animal Ambassadors and presents various ways to touch, play and explore! Check our calendar for a complete schedule of programs and special events!

Building Green & Being Green

The Oxbow also teaches by example! The Center was constructed using 'green building technologies,' and is a model for sustainability. Passive light design, solar panels, recycled and recyclable materials were used in the Center's construction. In addition, a cistern system captures rainfall to flush the toilets, and the floors are made from salvaged pine trees from the St. Johns River in the early logging days. The building is proof that each of us can lighten our load on the planet and protect our precious natural resources for future generations to come.




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The Oxbow Eco-Center cultivates knowledge, nurtures a sense of wonder and inspires stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism & celebration.

5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie    34983

(772)  785-5833