511 N Main Street
Hendersonville, NC 28792
Team ECCO, though near to my heart, is not something I can describe or relate in a few words or sentences. It is the child of my desire to teach without walls, to lead by example, to expand for the good of the whole.
In 2001, I had an idea to take children from here and show them the ocean. Let them experience it and develop their own need to understand and protect it. The humble beginning of Team ECCO. There was no set structure for how it would grow, what it would need, how it would work. It is a grassroots teaching program that literally sprang from need. We merged 30 children together on a bus to Florida, to see manatees, and this program took on a life of its own from there.
Dozens of programs, speaking engagements, news and magazine articles, two classrooms, several thousand gallons of water, 18+ displays, 4 curriculums and a public aquarium later – here we are. 2013 met us reaching out to over 9,000 visitors and program participants. A long way to have come, because we needed to.
Team ECCO is still driven by volunteers, directed by student interns, and continues to be a force in marine education. We are a recognized REEF Field Station, a lion fish education site, member of the National Marine Educators Association, support the Turtle Survival Alliance, connect with curators from aquariums in 3 other states, display more than 75 species of marine and freshwater animals, teach with a 100 gallon touch tank, hand feed everything and document animal behavior, maintain and filter everything ourselves, and still greet visitors with smiles.
The Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium is not work, it is a passion. We live it. Come in and see for yourself. If you don’t know us yet, you will want to. Visit our Center, meet our students, and fall in love with the ocean.
Yours for the Children,
Brenda j Ramer, M.Ed.
Founder & Executive Director
Team ECCO, Inc. est 2001
"the sea in WNC"
Capital Campaign Update:
Goal: $ 50,000 to date: $ 9,500.00
Your support helps build a new, larger home for our shark and stingrays!
The Team ECCO Ocean Center & Aquarium will be closed
Sept. 10 - 23 for inspection and over haul of the large inline system. We will reopen Wednesday Sept. 24th returning to our regular hours.
calendar events are subject to change !
The mission of Team ECCO: To promote scientific discovery
through interactive learning encounters that develop
understanding and respect for water based ecosystems.
This mission is to foster stewardship, develop leadership,
and build friendship - life skills for a living world.
Team ECCO is a Team for Educating Children to Care for the Ocean
Michael Ramer, shark training with Cristina Zenato, UnExSo, Grand Bahama Island