The museum’s most crucial animal-focused and environmental restoration work is done through the Batchelor Environmental Center. The center has operations currently spread among several facilities, including the Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science, Batchelor Wildlife Center in Coconut Grove, Batchelor Environmental Center at FIU and the Science Barge.
Batchelor Wildlife Center in Coconut Grove
Since 1991, the Batchelor Wildlife Center (currently located in our Coconut Grove site at the former science museum location) has been rehabilitating injured raptors such as peregrine falcons, Cooper’s hawks and screech owls, either releasing them back into the wild if they are fit to survive, or utilizing them in our education programs. The center takes in as many as 700 birds a year, and releases 40 percent of the raptors it sees—many of these rare raptors migrate to Central and South America and Canada, giving us a global impact on biodiversity. The Wildlife Center also currently houses the museum’s coral holding and culture systems allowing the museum to participate in coral restoration efforts in South Florida.
The Batchelor Wildlife Center accepts injured wildlife from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily (note this facility is not open to the public but does accept injured birds). Call our hotline at 305-322-8887 for assistance. For more information on the injured bird drop-off, please click here.
Batchelor Environmental Center at FIU
Opening in 2018, the Batchelor Environmental Center at FIU will be a 75,000-square-foot facility located at Florida International University’s Biscayne Bay Campus in North Miami. Once completed, it will be an aquatic and avian care and research facility in partnership with FIU, housing the continued operations of the aquatic animal quarantine for the museum, the Batchelor Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Center, as well as a key location for the center’s MUVE coastal restoration program. In addition, it will have a classroom, veterinary clinic and support space for student and faculty research and informal environmental science classes.
The Batchelor Environmental Center at FIU allows us to have a leading-edge aquatic quarantine and holding center for the museum. The 150,000-gallon aquarium system divides into several vessels, some for sharks and pelagic fish, others for reef fish, and others for sea turtle rescue. This section of the building will also house our coral culture system, where we grow corals for our exhibits.
The raptor rehab area at the Batchelor Environmental Center at FIU will upgrade our ability to help these beautiful animals. Notable assets include “positive” airflow to maintain an ultra-hygienic environment for the birds, special ICU cages, a comprehensive animal pharmacy and cutting-edge X-ray equipment sensitive enough to read soft tissue and delicate bird bones. The new space will also improve the staff’s ability to conduct physical rehab, including using play objects such as snake skins and pumpkins, range-of-motion work, and eventually flight testing, so we can release the birds back into the wild.
MUVE (Museum Volunteers for the Environment)
MUVE, which organizes citizens to get out, get their hands dirty, and restore coastal habitats, is working to improve the natural habitats around south Florida. Key initiative areas include Virginia Key and Oleta River State Park. MUVE engages volunteers to participate in removing invasive plants and planting native vegetation such as mangrove and hardwood hammock species.
The Science Barge is a newly incorporated asset for Batchelor Environmental Center programming. Located steps away from the museum, the Science Barge by Frost Science is a floating laboratory that directly engages learners in the cutting-edge science behind sustainable technologies, living systems and marine explorations. The Science Barge provides the public with an opportunity to connect with marine science and conservation in the middle of a downtown, urban environment.
Museum Volunteers for the Environment, or MUVE, is the Phillip and Patricia Frost Science Museum's volunteer-led coastal habitat restoration and monitoring project.
The Batchelor Wildlife Center accepts injured wildlife from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily. Call our hotline at 305-322-8887 for assistance. For general museum inquiries, please call 305-434-9600.
Our Generous Sponsors
The Batchelor Foundation
In partnership with Florida International University