The Florida Conservation and Technology Center and the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center Keep Growing
Wow! Have you noticed the construction and expansion happening at the Florida Conservation and Technology Center and the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center, just south of the Manatee Viewing Center? Both facilities keep growing and are they cool.
What’s happening? As a quick refresher the FCTC and SYCC are incredible facilities in Apollo Beach, opened in April 2016. They’re part of a unique partnership between TECO, The Florida Aquarium and the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.
In a nutshell, the facility has a sea turtle hospital (Coming – the steel structure just went up); incredible coral research greenhouses (Did you read about The Florida Aquarium working with scientists in Cuba to regrow stag-horn coral? Well, a lot of the research is happening right HERE); and, a makes-you-want-to-be-a-kid-again SYCC youth education facility. The SYCC offers youth fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding camps, along with an amazing classroom and educational center.
You can catch all of the nitty-gritty details of the facility here in my original article from June 2016: http://bit.ly/SunCoastYouthConservationCenter, but….
If you want to get your own sneak peek, the SYCC is hosting an OPEN HOUSE on January 30, 3pm – 7pm. It’s a not-to-be-missed event.
Come try your hand at the new augmented reality sand table (you can make it rain with the swish of your hand) and catch a glimpse of the new Diversity Wall, which features all of the animals that have been spotted on the property (Uh, probably don’t want to walk around there at night with the bobcats). If you’re a fisherman you’ll probably leave completely jealous of the cool tools they use to teach kids about fishing, but on the 30th adults can come play, too.
New Education Center at the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center
Fishing Educational Materials for Fishing Camp
Come see this amazing facility for yourself at the OPEN HOUSE on January 30, and to learn more about the youth programs you can visit: Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network.
Have you been to check out the FCTC and SYCC? Comment below.