Date: Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Cost: Free admission and parking

Celebrate Manatee Lagoon’s fourth anniversary at ManateeFest. This FREE family event is sure to be a day that the whole family will remember. Visitors will enjoy photo opportunities with Mia the Manatee, a game day-themed FanZone, a KidsFunZone with marine life face painting and sea life puzzles, and a passport activity, where guests are eligible to receive a prize for visiting each participating station. The event will also feature a variety of art and crafts vendors, environmental exhibitors, food and live music throughout the day. Manatee Lagoon is dedicated to educating the public about manatees and Lake Worth Lagoon and inspiring visitors to protect the environment.

2020 Exhibitors

  • 4ocean
  • American Shark Conservancy 
  • ANGARI Foundation
  • Busch Wildlife Sanctuary
  • City of West Palm Beach Office of Sustainability
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute
  • Coral Restoration Foundation
  • Florida Atlantic University's Harbor Branch
  • Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
  • Florida Fishing Academy
  • Grassy Waters Preserve
  • Gumbo Limbo
  • Home Depot
  • John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
  • Loggerhead Marinelife Center
  • Palm Beach County Department of Environmental Resources Management/Lake Worth Lagoon Initative
  • Palm Beach County Ocean Rescue
  • Palm Beach County Office of Resilience 
  • Robert Scott Thayer
  • Save the Manatee Club
  • Sea Turtle Adventures, Inc.
  • Sirenian International
  • South Florida Science Center and Aquarium
  • Taras Oceanographic Foundation
  • The Reef Institute
  • U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Fortilla 54

2020 Vendors

  • 4ocean
  • Beach By Design Company
  • Ben Hicks Fine Art 
  • Caloosa Waterwear
  • Clearwater Marine Aquarium
  • Dakota Casteel Photography
  • Florida Shelling
  • Kailani's Kreations
  • Kissed by a Pixie
  • Mermaid Cove
  • Paradise Beachwear
  • Pura Vida Divers
  • Salt Water Art Studio
  • Siam Boutique
  • Slime by Ari
  • Sandy James Fine Food & Productions
  • Matoods Ice Cream Rolls
  • Montezuma Tacos
  • Off the Wall Carnival Food
  • Potions in Motion Catering
  • Souvlaki Grill Authentic Greek Food
  • Just a Sip Coffee and Smoothies

Lecture Schedule

10 - 10:30 a.m.
Mermaids and Manatees
Dr. James “Buddy” Powell | Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Coral Talk: Lake Worth Lagoon Coral Health
Dr. Charlie Gregory | The Reef Institute

11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Save the Sea Turtles: LMC Biologist Q&A
Casey Palmer | Loggerhead Marinelife Center

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Entanglements and Marine Debris for Manatees
Blake Faucett | Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

1 - 1:30 p.m.
Manatee Tales Story Time
Featuring "Kobee Manatee: Heading Home to Florida" by Robert Scott Thayer

Manatee Master | Manatee Lagoon

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Sea Turtles 101
Jackie Kingston | Sea Turtle Adventures

2:30 - 3 p.m.
Mermaids and Manatees
Dr. James “Buddy” Powell | Clearwater Marine Aquarium Research Institute

3:15 - 3:45 p.m. 
Local Dolphins and the Threat of Plastic and Other Pollutants
Stefan Harzen | Taras Oceanographic Foundation