Environmental Learning Center turns 25

Feb 25, 2013

Twenty-five years ago, a group of environmentally conscious residents of the Treasure Coast incorporated the Environmental Learning Center on Wabasso Island in the Indian River Lagoon north of Vero Beach.  The idea was to create a place to provide stimulating experiences that foster an appreciation and an understanding of the natural world.  Today the ELC offers hundreds of programs for all ages and abilities.  To mark its Silver Anniversary this year, the ELC is putting on a long list of events tied to the theme of “Life on the Lagoon” – such as a fishing tournament and a film festival.  A highlight is the Ecofest next Sunday, March 3rd, from noon to 4.  The 64-acre campus will be abuzz with activities, including canoe excursions and touch tank encounters.  And it’s all for free.  I’m a frequent visitor to the ELC and sign go on their pontoon boat rides and kayak excursions.  When I stroll on the board walk, I linger at the plank with a little sign that says “Janensch Family.”  It recognizes a donation we made to honor my father, Carl Janensch, who was a seasonal resident of Vero Beach starting in 1972.  He loved the Treasure Coast’s natural environment, and I know he would wish the ELC a happy 25th.  For 88.9 FM, this is Paul Janensch