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Our team of naturalists offer programs on a variety of topics - check out the daily themes here.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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 AICP, 5 CFM
In celebration of World Oceans 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.
When: Tuesday, June 12 8:00am-4:00pm & Wednesday, June 13 8:00am-4:00pm
Who: This workshop is open to all teachers around the country: any school, any subject, grades 4-12.
What: The workshop will focus on Rookery Bay Research Reserve, specifically estuarine research, stewardship, and education.
Agenda: The content of the workshop will be based on NOAA's Estuaries 101 Middle School curriculum and will likely focus on topics such as: sharks, birds, plankton, invasive species, and water quality. We will spend each morning in the field, getting our feet wet exploring the Reserve. Afternoons will be inside, meeting staff and learning about activities you can adapt for your classroom. A detailed agenda will be sent to registrants in June.
Prerequisite: There is some homework that must be completed before coming to the workshop. This online training module will take approximately 8 hours, at your own pace, and be open in late May. Contact Sarah Falkowski for more details: 239-530-5975.
Food: Lunch and snacks will be provided. Please bring your own coffee mug and water bottle.
Accommodations: GreenLinks Golf Villas at Lely Resort, located less than 10 minutes away from the Reserve, is offering a discounted room rate of $125/night for a 2-bedroom villa.
Cancellations: This workshop is first-come, first-served, with a waiting list (click on FULL to be added to waitlist). If you are unable to fulfill your commitment, please notify us as soon as possible so we can open up the space to another teacher.
In celebration of the Reserve’s 40th anniversary, this popular summer education program provides FREE admission with programming geared towards children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.
This week's theme is Animals of the Reserve: Mammals!
Pre-registration is not required.
This week's theme is Animals of the Reserve: Birds!
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