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 Green Industries Best Management Practices - SPANISH
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Sep 25, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 60 25 35

Las Mejores Prácticas de Manejo para la Protección de los Recursos Hídricos de la Florida por parte de las Industrias Verdes, conocidas por sus siglas en Inglés como GI-BMP, fueron elaboradas mediante la colaboración del Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) y las Industrias Verdes.

Unidades de educación contínua (CEU's): 4 FDACS, 4 FNGLA, hasta 4.5 creditos ISA

 

 National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Sep 29, 2018
09:00 am - 02:00 pm
FREE Unlimited 4 Unlimited

Help celebrate Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s 40th Anniversary! This annual celebration includes staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat), kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding demos, Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit, kids' games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, food. Plus, an extra-special line-up of short films about the research reserve, introduced by award-winning documentary filmmakers from Live Oak Production Group, will be shown the auditorium. Admission is free and activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins when doors open at 9 am. 

Activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up begins when doors open at 9 am. Last admission at 2 pm. Age restrictions may apply, see details link for more information.

 World Habitat Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 1, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

World Habitat Day reminds us of the basic need for adequate shelter. In order to build an adequate shelter, we must nurture a healthy ecosystem. Come in today and learn how Rookery Bay helps keep our ecosystem thriving and enjoy “buy one, get one free admission” to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 15, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 1 14

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.

 Parallel Harmonies Closing Reception
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 26, 2018
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
FREE 300 1 299

Join us for the closing reception of Parallel Harmonies: Art and Nature before they leave. This collection of work by Cesar Aguilera, Paul Arsenault, Juan Diaz, Ehren Fritz Gerhard, and Katia Miranda celebrates the relationship between the artist and the natural world that inspires him or her. This relationship has evolved over the millennia and is still a central focus of contemporary practice for many artists today. Relationships are symbiotic, one taking care of the other. In a time of global climate change, artists are using the inspiration of nature and its current health to bring light and change to human patterns of behavior. They aim to protect this relationship and care for what inspires them. Wind, color. Trees, texture. Sun, vibrancy. Wine and light bites will be served.

 Mangrove Trimming and Regulations Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 30, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 25.00 60 8 52

This half-day course will provide green industry professionals with knowledge and skills related to mangrove maintenance. Upon completion of the course, attendees will understand the role and value of mangroves, understand the rules and laws that govern mangrove trimming, and learn mangrove pruning techniques. Attendees will also learn basic mangrove biology and identification. The course will consist of a combination of demonstrations, hands-on learning, discussion, and lecture.

CEUs offered: CEP 4, FNGLA 4, ISA 3.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Nov 5, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 0 15

If you want to get the best pictures possible, and truly understanding your camera’s features, the Essentials of Digital Photography: How to get the most from your digital camera workshop is for you. This class covers the essentials of your digital camera. You will learn how to use your camera's shutter, aperture, ISO control and the drive modes to create images with impact and creativity. No previous camera or photography experience is necessary, just a desire to learn. Sonny Saunders has over 35 years of experience in photography and instruction and is renowned for his ability to communicate to a wide variety of students.

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
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Nov 7, 2018
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 0 10

Description: Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour exploring the mangrove bays, creeks and islands that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. Beginners trip includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have upper body strength. Participants must be age 12+ and anyone under 18 must register and paddle with an adult. Kayaks have a 250 pound weight limit. Fee for the tour includes admission that day to the Environmental Learning Center.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 7, 2018
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 0 6

Description: Have you ever visited a place with the hope you might come away with a profound understanding of its essence rather than just a snapshot? This tour will “get you there”. Wander through the backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals and how they fit into the complex tapestry of this place we call an estuary. Journey back in time and learn how human and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are the same.

Difficulty level: Participants will be on the boat the entire time and must have the physical ability to step on and off of the boat at our dock.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Treasure Island Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 8, 2018
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 0 6

Description: The treasure on this interesting island isn't pirates' booty. It is the botanical treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. Enjoy a leisurely boat trip through the estuary to the island, disembark, and hike about 1/2 mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your guide will introduce you to fascinating plants, and will share stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine.

Difficulty level: This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 mile on uneven terrain.

What to wear: Closed-toed shoes required. 

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Birding Basics
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Nov 9, 2018
08:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 40.00 18 0 18

Enjoy this fun and informative class designed to help you identify birds around you. Oriented toward the beginning birder, the classroom session explores how to use birds’ plumage, shape, behavior and habitat to recognize various species. It also covers the effective use of binoculars and field guides. During the second part of the class you will learn more tricks of the trade during a field trip to a nearby park where you can enjoy practicing new skills.

 Birds of the Beach
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 10, 2018
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
$ 40.00 20 0 20

Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds.  In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually.  Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential.  You will learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification. 

The classroom session will take place at the Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road.  It will be followed by a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida, where we will see many of the birds discussed.  Be prepared to wade in water up to your knees, with adequate footwear that will protect your feet (no flip flops).  Collier County beach parking fee applies ($8, free with sticker).

This class is geared toward those with some birding experience.  If you are new to birding, we recommend taking the Birding Basics class first.

 Green Industries Best Management Practices (English)
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Nov 13, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 60 1 59

The Florida Friendly Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Quality by the Green Industries program, commonly known as the “Green Industries Best Management Practices” was jointly developed by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) and the private industries related to landscape maintenance, called the “green industries.”

This program provides the following CEU's: FDACS 4, FNGLA 4, ISA 4.5

 

 America Recycles Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Nov 15, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 21, 2018
04:30 pm - 07:30 pm
$ 109.00 6 2 4

Description: This one-of-a-kind tour takes place in the evening and is often around the full moon. Guests visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night.

Difficulty level: Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/4 mile across the island and along the beach. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.

Location: Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

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