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. 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 along the eastern shore of Tampa Bay. The SYCC is also part of a much larger statewide network of youth conservation centers.
Field trip opportunities for students in grades 3 through 12 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 lessons that meet Florida's Sunshine State standards are available during the school year. These hands-on, marine science education lessons are woven into each recreational skill that students will learn, along with stewardship behaviors and conservation literacy concepts. All programs are available to teachers and students free of charge, but schools must provide their own transportation. Fun-filled week-long day camps that showcase Tampa Bay and the science and research being conducted in the area are offered for youth having completed Grades 3-8.
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! Please browse through our programming tabs and contact us with any questions or to book a field trip!