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 Fertilizer Calibration (Spanish)
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Apr 24, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 25.00 60 22 38

This training provides landscape professionals more in-depth knowledge about fertilization than the Green Industries Best Management Practices program, and includes skill-building opportunities related to proper fertilization. This class is in the Spanish language.

Esta clase refuerza los conceptos de ferlitización obtenidos durante el entrenamiento en Mejores Prácticas para reducir la posible contaminación del agua (Green Industries Best Management Practices); y cubre la definición, tipos, efectos ambientales, aplicación y manejo de los fertilizantes utilizados en jardinería.

CEU's: 4 FDACS, 4 FNGLA

 

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
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Apr 24, 2018
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 9 1

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.

 Life's a Beach Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsFull
Apr 24, 2018
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 6 0

Description: An opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your guide and learn about: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, fishes, birds, and more. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet.

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

What to wear: Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).

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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
DetailsRegister
Apr 25, 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.

 Island Time Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Apr 25, 2018
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 5 1

Description: This tour is a wandering exploration of the remarkable diversity of islands in the heart of Rookery Bay Reserve north of Big Marco Pass. Diversity is a fundamental characteristic of estuaries, and your guide will share stories that reveal the subtle, and dramatic, differences that make our islands so fascinating. Topics include plants, animals, geology, ecology, and more. Learn why these unique islands have been, and will continue to be, important to people. Changing conditions means 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.

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Apr 26, 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.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Apr 27, 2018
06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 109.00 6 4 2

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.

 Science Saturday
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
DetailsRegister
Apr 28, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 500 0 500

Science Saturdays provide an opportunity for families to spend the day at the Environmental Learning Center enjoying programs, labs and activities centered around a different science theme, on the last Saturday of every month.

This month's theme is Science of Sand!

Scheduled activities include: Estuary Encounter, Activity Lab, Show & Tell, and Nature on the Silver Screen. Click on the green details button for more information.

Pre-registration is not required. Admission fees are $5 for adults, $3 for kids 6 to 12 and free for members and children under six.  Must pay at door.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Apr 28, 2018
06:30 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 109.00 6 4 2

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.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
DetailsRegister
Apr 29, 2018
06:30 pm - 09:30 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.

 International Migratory Bird Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 11, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

In celebration of International Migratory Bird Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 14, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 2 13

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.

 Breakfast with the Birds: Connecting the Globe through Bird Migration
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 15, 2018
09:30 am - 10:30 am
$ 15.00 120 8 112
Learn about birds at this summer lecture series! Adam DiNuovo has been working with shorebirds and seabirds across the US and beyond for more than 15 years. He is currently the Shorebird Stewardship Program Manager for Audubon Florida.
 
Doors open at 9:00 a.m. Lecture begins at 9:30 a.m. Enjoy pastries, coffee and juice.
 Green Industries Best Management Practices - SPANISH
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 22, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 60 33 27

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

 

 Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience
 Location: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
DetailsRegister
May 31, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 20.00 50 5 45

Workshop registration closes May 17

Join us at this workshop to learn how green infrastructure can play a critical role in making South Florida’s coastal communities more resilient to natural hazards such as hurricanes and sea level rise. Through group discussions, activities, and presentations featuring green infrastructure projects from South Florida, participants will learn what they can do to support green infrastructure implementation in their coastal communities.

CEU's: 6 APA, 5 ASFM

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