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What to See and Do

Experience the rare opportunity to see hatchling sea turtles released into the ocean! These little hatchlings were stuck in the nest and were removed by sea turtle scientists during a nest excavation. Be there as they're given a second chance to begin their epic journey into the open ocean. We're partnered with Anne Kolb Nature Center, who hosts the "Sea Turtles and Their Babies" release program. For more details and to reserve your spot, click here.

MEEC at the Carpenter House  Broward Parks and Recreation

Hours of Operation

We are open to the general public on Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

Calendar of special events


Tuesday December 25th- Wednesday December 26th | Closed 

Merry Christmas! The MEEC will be closed for the holiday break (Decemer 23-26th). Normal hours will resume on 27 December 2018.

Tuesday January 1st 2019 | Closed 

Happy New Year! The MEEC will be closed for the holiday break. Normal hours will resume on 2 January 2019.

Thursday January 17th 2019 |  Rubber Jellyfish Screening @ NSU

Join Free Our Seas, Balloons Blow and the Marine Environmental Education Center for the first screening in the United States: Rubber Jelly Fish. Light refreshments, mingling with other Ocean Conservation groups and a Chinese raffle from 6:30 pm to 7:15 pm. Movie begins at 7:30 pm with a Q&A to follow with Balloons Blow. Proceeds from the event will benefit Balloons Blow and the MEEC. Cost $10. Register and get up-to-date information by following the facebook event!


Saturday, January 19th 2019 |  STEM Day at Broward College South Campus : MEEC CLOSED

The MEEC will be closed Saturday January 19th. Our staff will be at the Broward College South Campus celebrating their STEM day, instead. Join us here from 11a-3pm! This event is FREE to the public to attend. Broward College South Campus is located at: 7200 Pines BLVD, Pembroke Pines, FL 33021

January 23rd-March 17th 2019 |  Art Exhibition

Check out "Captain is Hollywood" art exhibition at ArtsPark Young Circle Gallery. Artist Maria Isabel Lazo will have art for sale and a portion of the proceeds will benefit the MEEC!  A special reception will be held on Thursday, February 21st from 6:00-9:30pm. Gallery is located at One N Young Circle, Hollywood 33020. 

Saturday April 20th |  SAVE THE DATE! Free Our Seas Environmental Art Festival

Join us for the 2nd Annual, Free Our Seas and Beyond Environmental Art Festival!!! More details to come! Follow the event on Facebook for the most current information. 



We are located at 4414 N. Surf Road in Hollywood, Florida.

If you are coming from I-95, take Exit 21 (Sheridan Street) and follow that east until North Ocean Drive (A1A). Take a left on N. Ocean Drive then turn right onto Green Street (the 4th street down) and park in the lot on the right.

This parking lot is free for MEEC guests only and is based on a first come, first served basis. There are also several metered spaces in close proximity to the Carpenter House.


Admission is free, but we suggest a $3 donation for adults and children age 3 and over. This greatly helps offset our operational costs and support environmental outreach!

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