The Oxbow Eco-Center cultivates knowledge, nurtures a sense of wonder and inspires stewardship for the natural world through education, artistic expression, collaboration, volunteerism & celebration.
Hours of Operation
Tuesday –Friday: 12:00pm-5:00pm
Trails are open dawn to dusk, seven days a week.
There is no fee to visit the center or hike the trails.
Dogs MUST be on a leash and under control at all times.
For more information on why please see our Rules of the Forest page
5400 N. E. St. James Drive
Port St. Lucie, FL 34983
Phone: (772) 785-5833
Fax: (772) 785-5834
What We Are:
The Oxbow Eco-Center is a 225-acre preserve on the North Folk of the St Lucie River. We function as the Environmental Education and Community Outreach Division of St Lucie County’s Environmental Resource’s Department. In a partnership between St Lucie County & South Florida Water Management District the property was purchased using Environmentally Significant Lands and Save Our Rivers funding. The land is managed and preserved to sustain its native wildlife, utilizing boardwalks, trails and observation towers that allow visitors to fully experience nature without disturbing it.
The Eco-Center houses our Exhibit Hall and Discovery Room, which invite you to use all your senses. Touch various artifacts of nature, listen to bird songs and see some of Florida’s native reptiles! Our centerpiece exhibit, a life size diorama of the St Lucie River, takes you on a journey from its lush freshwater beginnings to the rich biodiversity of the Indian River Lagoon and Atlantic Ocean. Look closely to spot some of your favorite Florida natives…they may be hiding!
Our Discovery Room houses our Animal Ambassadors and various ways to touch, play and explore! Check our monthly calendar for our full calendar of programs and special events!
Building Green & Being Green
The Oxbow also teaches by example! The Center was constructed using 'green building technologies,' and is a model for sustainability. Passive light design, solar panels, recycled and recyclable materials were used in the Center's construction. In addition, a cistern system captures rainfall to flush the toilets, and the floors are made from salvaged pine trees lost in the St. Johns River in the early logging days. The building is proof that each of us can lighten our load on the planet and protect our precious natural resources for future generations to come.