barrier island center

Join us for a free, fun, family event to celebrate animal diversity, ecology, and conservation with a Halloween theme!

Enjoy a plethora of live animal encounters from creepy crawlies to cuddly softies, critter eco-art, building a bee house, trying your hand in a puppet play, meeting a mermaid, hiking with a guide to search for creatures, playing outdoor animal games, talking with animal rescuers and keepers, eating edible insects (or a more conventional meal from a food truck), and enjoying more creatures!

Costumes encouraged!

There are a multitude of ongoing exciting events and programs at the Barrier Island Sanctuary Management and Education Center, less formally known as the Barrier Island Center. The Center is located at 8385 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach - right in the heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge was established by Congress in 1989 to protect sea turtles now threatened with extinction throughout the world.

The Barrier Island Center will be offering a series of activities through November as part of Trash Treasure Month. Saturday, November 17th is Turkey Creek Paddle day. Explore hydric and mesic hammocks and sand pine scrubbed by the treasured blackwater creek. The meeting place for the event is at Goode Park in Palm Bay at 1 pm. Please wear water shoes and sunscreen and bring a water bottle, a snack and insect repellant. Kayak tours for singles and pairs will be available with a limited enrollment of 20 people.

Created in 2008 by the Sea Turtle Conservancy, the Tour de Turtles is a fun, educational journey through the science, research and geography of sea turtle migration using satellite telemetry. Kick-off the Tour de Turtles with a celebration featuring hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, a silent auction, local artists and music. 

Beat the heat by attending the Barrier Island Center’s special showing of “Coral Reef Adventure”.  The film event takes place Saturday, June 9 at 1 p.m. and again at 3 p.m.

Experience some of the world's most vibrant and endangered coral reefs on the big screen….all in recognition of World Oceans Day. Attendance is free.