The Coastal Center of the Florida Oceanographic Society (FOS) on Hutchinson Island in Stuart offers a habitat-rich site that enlightens all ages about the ocean, barrier island, and estuarine wetland systems. Our mission is to inspire environmental stewardship of Florida’s coastal ecosystems through education and research. Daily scheduled events for our visitors include a Stingray Touchtank Feeding Program, Guided Nature Trail, Sea Turtle Program, and Gamefish Lagoon Feeding Program.
These programs address the attributes of all 57 acres, including the 40 acres of mangrove impoundment and hammocks to our west that have a mile-and-a-half of trails. The other 17 acres house the Coastal Center, butterfly garden and shade house, four pavilions that shelter touch tanks for sting-rays and invertebrates, a classroom, offices, and a 750,000 gallon saltwater man-made lagoon that showcases our indigenous species including sportfish, sharks, and sea turtles (non-releasable).