Oxbow Eco-Center

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St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department

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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.


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Happy Holidays from Oxbow Eco-Center!

The Center will be closed to observe the holidays on the following dates:

Saturday, December 22 - Tuesday, December 25

Tuesday, January 1

Come enjoy the trails and preserve that will remain OPEN sunrise to sunset daily.



Hours of Operation

Trails are open sunrise - sunset, seven days a week.

After-hours use prohibited. 

Exhibit Hall: Tuesday – Friday: 12:00pm-5:00pm; Saturday: 10:00am-5:00pm; Closed Sunday & Monday

There is no fee to visit the center or hike the trails. 

Dogs MUST be on a leash and under control at all times, per Florida Statute.



Contact Us

 5400 N.E. St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Phone: (772) 785-5833

What We Are:

The Oxbow Eco-Center is a 225-acre preserve on the North Folk of the St Lucie River. We function as the Environmental Education and Community Outreach Division of St Lucie County’s Environmental Resource’s 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 its native wildlife, utilizing boardwalks, trails and observation towers that allow visitors to fully experience nature without disturbing it.

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Come Explore!

The Eco-Center houses our Exhibit Hall and Discovery Room, which invite you to use all your senses. Touch various artifacts of nature, listen to bird songs and see some of Florida’s native reptiles! Our centerpiece exhibit, a life-size diorama of the St Lucie River, 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 houses our Animal Ambassadors and various ways to touch, play and explore! Check our monthly 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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