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Fort Walton Beach’s Emerald Coast Science Center

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Established in the late 1980s by the Junior League of the Emerald Coast, it is the Emerald Coast Science Center’s mission to inspire and grow a scientifically engaged community.


The museum houses touchable, workable exhibits that teach about natural phenomena and basic scientific principles, contains numerous animal exhibits, and is proud to offer a hands-on and up-close experience for all its patrons.


Alongside museum exhibits, the Science Center also hosts on-site and in-school programming. From the mobile planetarium to home school workshops and in-house field trips, learning opportunities abound. For more information about educational programs, visit or call 850-664-1261.


The Science Center is always in search of volunteers and wish list items for its animals. Current items needed include:

  • Bird enrichment toys for medium (Amazons, Greys, Cockatoos) to Large birds (Moluccan Cockatoo and Macaw).
  • Millet for parakeets.
  • Bird carrier transports for vet visits.
  • Small mammal transports for vet visits.
  • Gently used or new hand towels.
  • Perches for medium (Amazons, Greys, Cockatoos) to Large (Moluccan Cockatoo and Macaw) birds.

Items can be dropped off or sent to the Center, located at 31 SW Memorial Parkway in Fort Walton Beach.


Do you have experience in a STEM field, education or just love learning and science? Then volunteering at the Science Center is the right choice for you. There are a wide range of opportunities, including exhibit development and maintenance, docent shifts, event shifts and more.


Need group volunteer work? The center can accommodate this as well with work days at the facility. Reach out to the Science Center at


Follow Emerald Coast Science Center on social media for the latest news and events. The Center is always hosting events, workshops and more for all ages to come discover the difference a hands-on encounter with science can make.

Kate Fox
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