A Message from Mark Perry, Executive Director
To our members, supporters, visitors and donors:
In order to do our part to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe, we have made the difficult decision to close the Coastal Center to the public. This decision is effective today, March 17th until further notice. We made this decision based on guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Florida Department of Health and Martin County. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates if anything changes.
We wish that we were able to remain open to the public so that visitors could be inspired by the natural world around them and learn about the ecosystems and animals that call this special place home. We look forward to being able to re-open when the time is right. In the interim, we hope that you will stay engaged, as we will be, in protecting and preserving our waterways. To continue to support our mission and our fight for clean water, we encourage you to:
- Sign up or renew your membership
- Check our website and social media for educational program posts and animal updates
- Adopt an Animal
- Make a donation in support of our waterways
On behalf of the Board of Directors and our staff, I would like to thank you for your patience and continued support during this difficult time. I am humbled by the generosity, kindness and passion of those that are working with us to save our waters.
Florida Oceanographic Society strives to make the health and safety of our guests, staff, volunteers and animals our top priority. Since being out in nature is something we all enjoy, the Coastal Center outdoor exhibits and nature trails remain open at this time. Daily programs and operations will run as scheduled with the following modifications:
- Cleaning and sanitizing of public areas will be increased and occur throughout the day.
- To allow a more thorough cleaning opportunity, the Coastal Center will close daily at 4pm.
- Our indoor aquarium hall will be closed, but guests will be able to enjoy all daily programming in our open-air pavilions and explore the outdoor exhibits and nature trails.
- The daily educational programs and feedings will be limited to 50 guests each program at this time.
- The amount of guests interacting at our stingray tank and invertebrate touch tank at one time will be limited.
- Events with large numbers of attendees at the Coastal Center will be postponed. Updates will be sent to those who have already registered.
We encourage guests to practice social distancing and personal hygiene while attending our programs and exploring our exhibits. Please wash your hands regularly, avoid touching your face or any unnecessary surfaces and cover your cough/sneeze with a tissue or your arm.
To help us take care of our guests, staff, and animals, Florida Oceanographic kindly asks guests to refrain from visiting the Coastal Center if you are not feeling well, have flu-like symptoms, have been recommended for self-quarantine or self-monitoring or have recently traveled outside of the U.S.
Florida Oceanographic will continue to monitor the situation and make changes to our operations as needed. Further updates, including any facility closures, will be posted on this page and on our Facebook page.
We appreciate all the community support and thank our guests and members for their flexibility during these unique circumstances.