The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) is excited to partner with TECO and The Florida Aquarium to create the Suncoast Youth Conservation Center (SYCC) located in sunny Apollo Beach on the shores of Tampa Bay. The 6,000 square foot building offers indoor and outdoor classroom space and is the educational hub for the Florida Conservation and Technology Center. We provide exciting learning opportunities for youth and families while they participate in recreational outdoor activities. The SYCC is a hands-on marine science center that is part of a much larger statewide network of youth conservation centers.
Programs provide hiking and paddling excursions through the mangroves of Newman Branch Creek and into Tampa Bay along with marine and coastal education programs focused on science based natural resource management. Age-appropriate programs that meet Florida's Core Curriculum standards are available during the school year, and fun-filled summer day camps that showcase Tampa Bay and the science and research being conducted in the area will be offered in June & July of 2017. We hope to inspire visitors of all ages with experiences that lead to a lifelong support of fish and wildlife conservation. Perhaps you will choose to come and enjoy the kayaking, hiking trails, boardwalks, wildlife observation tower and fishing activities that are planned for our center as we strive to enhance the connection to nature for youth and their families. Let's get back to basics on the eastern shore of Tampa Bay and plan a visit soon!