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Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Holding Satellite Events

Celebrate Science, Indian River Lagoon Oct. 14 in Downtown Fort Pierce

Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Holding Satellite Events. 

FORT PIERCE – Want to partake in a beach clean-up, solve an escape room puzzle, or go on a canoe paddle back in time? The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival has you covered! The IRL Science Festival is coming soon to a location near you through science-themed satellite events. There are a variety of activities for science enthusiasts of all ages, including kids-only, family-friendly, and adults-only events. The schedule is outlined below and full details for each event, including any registration requirements, can be found at


Saturday, Sept. 30 from 8 – 11 a.m., Shoreline Clean-up at Blowing Rocks Preserve, 574 S. Beach Road, Hobe Sound: Join The Nature Conservancy and Florida Fish & Wildlife Conversation Commission for a shoreline clean-up. When you arrive, check in at the beach kiosk located near the east parking lot to sign in. Bags, gloves, and other materials will be provided. For more information contact 561-744-6668.

  • Saturday, Sept. 30 from 10 a.m. – noon, Science Fair Boot Camp at Savannas State Preserve Park: Presented by Junior Academy of Science 4-H Club, the Science Fair Boot Camp is for middle and high school students interested in science fairs. You must register for the event through
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 from 12:30 – 4:30 p.m., Escape Room Saturday at the Port St. Lucie Branch Library, 180 Prima Vista Blvd.: Teams will have 30 minutes to solve a challenging escape room puzzle based on the young adult novel “Rot & Ruin” by Jonathan Maberry. Registration is required. Contact 772-871-5450 for more information.
  • Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10:30 a.m., S.T.E.A.M. Power! Ecosystems at the Morningside Branch Library, 2410 SE Morningside Blvd.: Come explore the world of science with stories and a science demonstration. Learn about weather, rainbows, color, motion and more! Contact 772-337-5632 for more information.


  • Saturday, Oct. 7 from 2 – 3 pm., S.T.E.A.M. Power! at the Zora Neale Hurston Branch Library, 3008 Avenue D, Fort Pierce: Join us for fun, hands-on creative activities including games, projects, experiments and more! Contact 772-462-2154 for more information.

  • Sunday, Oct. 8 from 8 a.m. – noon, Lagoon Community Paddle with Florida Oceanographic Society at the U.S. Sailing Center in Jensen Beach: Paddle your way across the IRL and stop on Florida Oceanographic’s shoreline for a breakfast of grits and clams with a brief educational presentation by a local historian. This is a bring your own canoe or kayak event. Registration is required at
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 from 3:30 p.m., S.T.E.A.M. Power! at Lakewood Park Branch Library, 7605 Santa Barbara Drive, Fort Pierce: Join us for fun, hands-on creative activities including games, projects, experiments and more. Contact 772-462-6870 for more information.
  • Thursday, Oct. 12 from 3 – 6:00 p.m., National Wildlife Refuge Open House at the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge and Nature Center, 13640 SE Federal Highway, Hobe Sound: Join the Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuge & Nature Center in celebrating National Wildlife Refuge Week and the IRL Science Festival. Contact 772-546-2067 for more information.
  • Saturday, Sept. 30 & Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Advice from an Artist at the Oxbow Eco-Center, 5400 NE St. James Drive, Port St. Lucie. Get help on using recycled materials to create your animal consume for the inaugural Procession of the Species, which will be part of the Oct. 14 Indian River Lagoon Science Festival. Call 772-785-5833 or visit for details.

For more information

on satellite events, including a complete list with descriptions and how to register, please visit Please direct any questions toward Festival Co-Chair Jasmine Fox at 772-465-3271 or

The IRL Science Festival

has been made possible through funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Smithsonian Marine Station, Friends of the Smithsonian Marine Station, FAU Harbor Branch, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation’s Specialty License Plate Program, the Florida Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence, Waste Pro, Sunrise Ford, St. Lucie County, the City of Fort Pierce, and the generous support of WGYL 93.7, WJKD 99.7, WPHR 94.7, WOSN 97.1, and WTTB 1490.

Established in 2014, the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is a two week-long celebration of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) that culminates with a large-scale community event. The festival aims to demonstrate that science is meaningful, relevant, and fun, to make science accessible to all residents of the Treasure Coast, and to highlight STEM resources in the IRL region. The Festival planning committee is made up entirely of volunteer organizers from local governments and research, education and non-profit organizations, and administrative support is largely provided by the Smithsonian Marine Station. A member of the Science Festival Alliance ( since 2013, the IRL Science Festival serves as a leader in promoting science and science festivals across the state Florida. For more information about all Festival partners, sponsors, and scheduled activities, visit #IRLsciencefest

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