‘It’s devastating’: Florida questioning Michael Mota after resort’s protected mangrove trees chopped down

“It’s devastating,” said Loraé T. Simpson, the director of scientific research and conservation, at the Florida Oceanographic Society. 

Dirty water update: High bacteria on beaches, algae in Fort Pierce, dead clams in Palm City

Bacteria, algae and — believe it or not — millions of dead clams: It's all in the water along the Treasure Coast; and it's all nasty.

Discharges from Lake Okeechobee to head to St. Lucie River

The US Army Corps of Engineers announced that discharges from Lake Okeechobee will be heading to the St. Lucie River, after the action was recommended by the South Florida Water Management District.

Discussing South Florida water management and quality

The effort to improve water quality in South Florida is in high gear. Over the next few weeks, the Army Corps of Engineers will announce when the new Lake Okeechobee discharge schedule will begin.

Disney’s Role in Conserving our Planet and our Own Backyard

Find out about Disney’s Animal, Science, and Environment team, which is responsible for the care and wellbeing of domestic, zoo, and aquarium animals that are part of Disney experiences worldwide.

Dolphins and Climate Change: Baseline Work in The Bahamas Over Three Decades

Find out how a population of Atlantic spotted dolphins in The Bahamas has responded to hurricanes, food shortages, and climate change.

Don Denny - Water is in His Blood

Don Denny has always enjoyed rivers and the ocean and the opportunities for enjoyment they provide. As a water sample tester on the Narrow River in Rhode Island, he was inspired when a volunteer organization led a campaign to clean it up.

'We don’t want a single drop': Water conservationists respond to Army Corps plan

Several conservationists, including Florida Oceanographic Society Executive Director Mark Perry, spoke with WPBF 25 News about the Army Corps decision for a preliminary plan.


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Dune remains strong following December storm, though expert warns of erosion potential going forward

The recent string of winter storms has had an impact on our coastal beaches, especially along the Treasure Coast.

EAA Reservoir Project (SB 10): 90 Days In

It looks like the project is making progress. Everything has been moving forward according to schedule, with the exception of the US Army Corps of Engineers who requested 30 additional days to begin the post-authorization report.

Earth Day At-Home Challenge

This Earth Day, practice personal stewardship wherever you are! 

Earth Day Beach Cleanup

Start your day with us at Stuart Beach for a beach cleanup! 

An Earth Day Message from Executive Director Mark Perry

April 22, 2020, is the 50th Annual Earth Day! 

Eastbound discharges from Lake Okeechobee are over, Army Corps says

Last week, officials announced a two week pause in eastbound discharges from Lake Okeechobee.

EcoChampion Program

Thanks to the generosity of the Doris M. Carter Family Foundation, you have the incredible opportunity to double the impact of your monthly gift and stand with us in the fight for clean water. Our waterways matter, and that's why we're working tirelessly to protect and preserve them. Maximize your…

Education Outreach

Each year, the Education Department at Florida Oceanographic Society educates thousands of students from around our community and around the globe with on-site field trip programs, Virtual Field Trips, in-school outreach programs, summer camps, and special educational activities. Under the…

Educational Resources

Florida Oceanographic Society wants to ensure that your youngsters are able to learn and cultivate a passion for the environment.  On this page, you will find a variety of educational resources and activities geared towards at-home learning for children (and adults…

Educational Tours

Are you interested in visiting the Coastal Center with a large group? Take a look at the different forms of educational tours that we offer: Adult Groups Self-Guided Groups  Field Trips

Environmental experts respond to Lake Okeechobee discharge into Indian River Lagoon and St. Lucie River

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has begun releasing water from Lake Okeechobee after citing higher-than-average water levels from El Niño conditions. Many local environmental experts say they are worried.

Environmental groups react to Florida ban on balloon releases

Balloons have long been used to celebrate or commemorate life’s biggest moments. However, celebratory releases will soon be a thing of the past in Florida. House Bill 321 will ban the intentional release of all balloons, including those that are biodegradable.