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Barrier Island Center, Brevard County EEL Program

Welcome to the Barrier Island Sanctuary

sea turtle license plate grant

Funding Available For Title 1 Field Trips 

The Barrier Island Center is excited to announce that it has received grant funding for school bus reimbursement for Title 1 schools in Brevard County to participate in our 2nd-4th Grade Sea Turtle Academy Program. Click here to learn more about our educational programs. The Sea Turtle Grants Program is funded from proceeds from the sale of the Florida Sea Turtle License Plate. 


The Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program’s Barrier Island Sanctuary Land Managment and Education Center is centrally located in heart of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge in South Melbourne Beach. The 34 acre sanctuary invites visitors to explore the diverse habitats of the barrier island. The Barrier Island Center provides hands-on educational experiences for visitors to the Refuge through interactive exhibits, nature films, special programs and a 1-mile long “dune-to-lagoon” nature trail. The Center also has an accessible ocean view boardwalk and picnic tables and is open to the public Tuesday through Sunday from 9 - 5. Admission to the Barrier Island Center is free. 

Eco-Explorers on the Beach
Washback Hatchling Brought to the Center

Sea Turtle Conservancy
The Barrier Island Management and Education Center partners with the Sea Turtle Conservancy who provide support for gift shop operations, volunteer coordination, and educational outreach including guided sea turtle hikes in June and July. Registration for upcoming 2015 turtle walks will begin May 1st. The cost is $15.00 per person. Visit to make your reservations.

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Land Manager: Ray Mojica
Phone: 321-723-3556
Fax: 321-952-3207

8385 S Hwy A1A
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

Center Hours
Tuesday through Sunday:
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Closed Monday 

Trail Hours
October through April:
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM

May through September:
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM

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