The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center (Center) is a program of the Marion County Public School system (MCPS). The museum is located within the Silver Springs State Park and works in close cooperation with the Florida Park Service.
While school is in session, on weekdays, the museum serves the school system and the grounds are closed to the public. On weekends, the museum is staffed by park service personnel and volunteers, and is open to the public. Additionally, throughout the year, the museum hosts various educational events and visitors have access to the research library with prior notice.
No admission fee is charged to students enrolled in Marion County Public Schools when they attend a scheduled class field trip, however there is a $3.00 transportation fee per student. Weekend visitors are charged an admission fee to the museum. Charges also apply to private and home school groups, and out-of-county classes for class trips to the museum.
The Silver River Museum and Environmental Education Center is a unique and effective educational program. The museum serves as a model for other public school systems and exemplifies the strong commitment to education in Marion County. It is an exciting blend of Florida’s natural and cultural history, and hands-on education.