PALM CITY – If you’re looking for something really WILD to do this Halloween, you won’t want to miss the Halloween Hoot-Tacular at the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center in Palm City. Imagine pirates partying with pelicans, ghosts gadding with gators, or sorcerers snacking with snakes! You won’t find another party like this anywhere and you won’t just be having a great time; you’ll also be helping the animals. This is a family friendly event and everyone is invited.
The Treasure Coast Wildlife Center has been rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing wildlife for more than four decades. Jean Henry and Ruth Stanwood brought their passion for animals with them to Martin County and their ranch became a haven for all kinds of animals. Help from friends in those early days led to the formation of the Martin County Audubon Wildlife Hospital in 1974.
It started with birds, 50 of them in the first year, and has since grown to include all manner of critters. The cost of care for the injured or orphaned animals was initially paid for entirely by Ms. Henry and Ms. Stanwood, though the organization did eventually become a 501(3)C nonprofit, opening the way for other paths to funding.
In 2020 alone, the Treasure Coast Wildlife Center treated 2,561 animals, everything from tiny birds to deer and alligators. Animals that arrive with injuries are treated and rehabilitated, with a primary goal of returning them to a natural life in the wild. Those that cannot be rehabilitated or are otherwise not candidates for release are given sanctuary at the Center.
Other important goals for the TCWC are education and environmental stewardship. So many of the animals treated at the Center are suffering from injuries directly caused or inadvertently contributed to by human beings. Educating people about wildlife and the wild places they live have been part of the Center’s mission from the very beginning, with co-founder Ms. Jean Henry as one of the most outspoken and fierce advocates for wildlife conservation.
That legacy of ‘Wildlife Recovery and Human Discovery’ has been carried forward by the ‘next generation’ of Jean Henrys and Ruth Stanwoods. Susan Nash is the current Executive Director of TCWC.
Fundraising is vital to the Center’s mission, and fundraisers are held throughout the year. In addition to the Halloween Hoot-tacular, the annual Ghoula is set for October 30, 2021, from 5pm to 10pm. The Ghoula is billed as “the Soiree Down in the Swamp “and is raising funds for a new animal hospital. This is an adults-only event and tickets are on sale now. The Ghoula will be held at the Seminole Inn in Indiantown and is limited to 150 guests. Entertainment will feature live music, spooky storytellers, palm readers, and animal experiences. Ticket price includes a buffet-style dinner and open bar.
The Halloween Hoot-tacular is set for October 30, 2021, from 3pm to 6pm, and will take place at the TCWC, 8626 SW Citrus Blvd., Palm City, FL. 34990. This event features a DJ dance party, Kona Ice, a costume contest, ticketed games and prizes, animal experiences, and so much more. This is a free event, and donations are always welcomed.
For more information about ‘Ghoula’ or the Halloween Hoot-tacular, visit Treasure Coast Wildlife Center’s website at https://www.tcwild.org/events. You can also like and follow them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TreasureCoastWildlifeCenter.
Have fun and make memories this Halloween, and have an unboolievably good time!