Indian River Lagoon Science Festival Returns for Its Fifth Year of Discovery and Fun!

The Indian River Lagoon Science Festival returns for its fifth year on Saturday October 27 from 10am-3pm at Veterans Memorial Park, part of the River Walk Center in Fort Pierce! This FREE all-ages day of discovery and exploration promises to be a blast for the whole family with dozens of hands-on activities and exhibits exploring science topics including agriculture, computer science, ecology, entomology, marine science and much more!


The goal of the Indian River Lagoon Science Festival is to highlight the vast scientific and engineering resources along the Indian River Lagoon, which stretches 156 miles from Ponce de León Inlet in the north to Jupiter Inlet in the south. The festival celebrates the role of science in our everyday lives and our world through fun, exciting and downright fascinating exhibits, activities and demonstrations. Just a few of the activities that participants can enjoy this year include:


  • Using upcycled materials to create toys for the chimpanzees at Save the Chimps, Inc
  • Building robots with LEGO Education
  • Making tornadoes with the National Weather Service
  • Getting an up close view of live bees in Treasure Coast Beekeeper’s live observation hive
  • Learning about and touching bones and tools from Florida’s prehistoric animals and humans with the Old Vero Ice Age Sites Committee
  • Breaking boards with Sidekick Martial Arts and learning the physics behind why they break
  • Making manatee puppets with the Save the Manatee Club
  • Learning about sharks and rays with a hands-on question and answer game from Florida Oceanographic Society
  • Plus much, much more!


A variety of food trucks will be on-site to satisfy the hunger of festival-goers and free parking will be available in the Downtown Fort Pierce Parking Garage with free trolley transport to the festival site. Admission at the St. Lucie County Aquarium will also be free that day.


Five weeks of satellite events that are science-focused will be taking place around the Treasure Coast leading up to the Festival on October 27. The satellite events begin on September 27 and run through October 20. For more information on these events, please visit the IRL Science Festival website at

Author: Lydia Martin

Staff - (Changed 3/18/2024 10:57:15 PM)