ORLANDO, Fla. — Some Orange County students got the chance to sleepover at SeaWorld and feed manatees lettuce the kids grew.

The Millennia Gardens Elementary students grow veggies through the school’s Eco Club.

We visited Millennia Gardens Elementary School in 2017 to learn more about the program, which harvests extra lettuce heads and ships them off to SeaWorld for the Rescue and Rehabilitation program.

This week, students got the chance to feed their lettuce to SeaWorld’s rescued manatees.


  1. About 70 Millennia Gardens Elementary students recently stayed overnight at SeaWorld.
  2. The students got to sleep outside the glass at SeaWorld’s aquarium.
  3. The students are part of the school’s Eco Club, which gives the kids unique learning opportunities to teach them how to be environmentally conscious.
  4. Millennia Gardens Elementary is a Title 1 school, where nearly 80% of students’ families are considered living in poverty.
  5. The Eco Club students have also built oyster reef mats with UCF, a butterfly garden in memory of those affected by the Pulse nightclub tragedy and camped in the Florida everglades.