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Apalachicola Environmental Education and Training Center
108 Island Drive
Eastpoint, FL 32328
(850) 670-7700
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 9 am - 4 pm

 

The Apalachicola Environmental Education and Training Center is nestled along Apalachicola Bay amidst scrub live oaks and saw palmetto. It features 18,000 square feet of learning space, including two working wet and dry research laboratories. Representing the river, bay and gulf habitats found in Apalachicola, the center features three large walk-around tanks that each hold over 1,000 gallons and house a variety of native plant life and creatures. A mural stretching along the nearby walls demonstrates the connectivity among the river, bay and gulf habitats as one continuum instead of discreet, separate systems. Additional exhibits highlight the rich history of the area with descriptions and testimonials of life working on the bay and waterfront

Oyster boat on display

An oysterboat sits on display outside the entrance to the education center to highlight the importance of oystering in the community.

In keeping with the idea of education and environmental stewardship, the building is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) silver certificate standards. Many of these environmentally friendly features become a part of the exhibit with explanations about their function and how they help protect the environment.

The new center includes a central area that can be closed off for special events without disturbing visitors to the rest of the center. There is also an auditorium and an outside amphitheatre for workshops and presentations. Educational offerings include ongoing guest lecturers for the community and coastal management workshops for environmental professionals. For more information about the research and education programs offered, please contact the Reserve at (850) 670-7700. Admission to the center is free.

 
Aquariums in education center

The three aquariums and mural give visitors a glimpse of the interconnectedness of the different ecosystems.

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Last updated: May 12, 2014

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