The 2022 Windsor Charity Polo Cup will benefit two environmentally-focused organizations which are doing exceptional work in the areas of protecting critical habitats, research and education.
Ocean Research Conservation Association, Inc. (ORCA)
The Ocean Research & Conservation Association (ORCA) is focused on preserving the Indian River Lagoon through science, restoration, advocacy and education. As the nation’s first technology-based marine conservation organization, ORCA’s niche in responding to large-scale deterioration of the marine environment is to collect accurate and scientifically defensible data on water quality and its impact on the marine ecosystems; provide the data to the public and decision makers in an easily understandable format; and to engage communities in marine conservation action. By combining innovative technology, applied science, and community outreach, ORCA is leading the way in protection and conservation of our valuable coast, estuaries and oceans – saving these precious habitats for the generations of tomorrow. ORCA’s facilities are located in Vero Beach and Indian Harbour Beach. teamorca.org
Environmental Learning Center (ELC)
The Environmental Learning Center (ELC) is an attractive destination for people of all ages to frequently return to for adventure, learning and wellness. Visitors experience and appreciate the benefits of immersion in nature, understand the value of a healthy environment, and are inspired to create a sustainable world. The ELC’s mission is to educate, inspire and empower all people to be active stewards of the environment and their own wellbeing. Through participatory, immersive, nature-based experiences, the ELC’s goal is to deepen the human connection with and understanding of other species, so that all humanity can live in harmony with the natural world. The unique 64-acre lagoon island nature center is open seven days a week and offers guided pontoon boat excursions; a 1,500-gallon aquarium/touch tank and interactive science museum; canoe/kayak rental and programs; events for the young and young at heart; and a multitude of volunteer opportunities. www.discoverelc.org