About Us

Friends of Manatee Lagoon is a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding environmental education opportunities for all ages in Palm Beach County and beyond through future enhanced exhibits and experiential learning opportunities. 

Friends of Manatee Lagoon is located in Riviera Beach, Fla. Situated along the Lake Worth Lagoon estuary, Friends of Manatee Lagoon works with environmental partners to conduct research and present information that will lead to healthier coastal ecosystems. 

Friends of Manatee Lagoon is a tax exempt not for profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.

Our Vision

To serve as a valuable and supportive resource engaged in efforts to protect manatees through awareness, research, and education.

Our Mission

Raising awareness and funding for inspiring exhibits, educational programs and conservation efforts that inform the community about the environmental challenges manatees encounter in Florida. 


Anne Messer
Executive Director, Friends of Manatee Lagoon
Contact: anne.messer@friendsofmanateelagoon.org

Board of Directors

Pamela M. Rauch
Florida Power & Light Company

Juliet Roulhac
Florida Power & Light Company

Jack Lighton
Sustainability Champion

Michele Jacobs
Economic Council of Palm Beach County

John Butler
Community Volunteer

Carrie Hanna

Noel Martinez
Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce