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Two-hour guided kayak tours of Rookery Bay and its surroundings provide an up-close and personal experience of this irreplaceable national treasure. Paddle lazily through the shallows and maze-like mangrove tunnels while learning about your surroundings from an experienced guide and naturalist. November through April, kayak trips will run from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday through Friday. The cost is $45 for Friends of Rookery Bay members and $55 for non-members and includes: kayak, all equipment, paddling instruction and admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center on the day of the tour. Paddlers must be 12 years of age or older, and weigh less than 250 pounds. Advanced registration is required.
The treasure on this interesting island isn't gold, silver or pirates' booty. It is the amazing ecological treasure of a rare tropical hardwood hammock. Although public access to this area is restricted to protect it from damage, as our guest you will travel by boat to the island, disembark, and hike about ½ mile on a primitive trail in a shaded forest dripping with ferns and bromeliads. Your naturalist guide will introduce you to the wide variety plants that make this community of life unique and will share interesting stories of how human history and coastal ecology have intertwined. There is also the opportunity to see how some people currently manage to live on these islands completely off the grid, without any access to public utilities. Advanced registration is required.
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 2.5 hour small boat tour is designed to get you there. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about the plants and animals that live here, but more importantly, how and why they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Curiosity is rewarded with discovery and discoveries offer insight and understanding. You will explore the effects of time and how human history and natural history have intersected. From mud crabs to manatees, and from mound builders to mullet millionaires, this tour is designed to give you the experience of perspective. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. Advanced registration is required.
This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will 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. Advanced registration is required.
This tour provides an opportunity to explore Keewaydin Island, a natural, living barrier island with an incredible diversity of life and some of the best shelling in Florida. Stroll the beach with your naturalist guide and learn about native plants, waves, dunes, drift algae, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. In addition to being a beautiful beach, this island is also a wonderful example of the life and death reality of plants and animals “living on the edge”. Also included is a leisurely cruise through the Rookery Bay mangrove estuary, one of the richest and most productive ecosystems on the planet. Advanced registration is required.
Lecture title: Dive Into the Story: Ocean science, adventure, and a sneak peek!
Dr. Ellen Prager will return to Rookery Bay to share more of her favorite ocean science stories that include living underwater, the Galapagos Islands, and wacky sea creatures. She'll also give the audience a sneak peek into the second book, Shark Rider, in her new fiction series for middle graders, which will be released May 1st. She'll discuss how she is integrating real-life adventures, marine life, and science into the upcoming action packed sequel that highlights the British Virgin Islands.
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 training is required by the City of Naples, Collier County and the City of Marco Island for landscapers to legally work within their limits and by most neighboring municipalities in Southwest Florida. This class fulfills the statewide Limited Urban Commercial Fertilizer Applicator Certificate Program requirement issued by the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
This program provides the following CEU's: FDACS 4, APA 4.75, FNGLA 4, ISA up to 5.75, CFE 2.5 CT 1 CF and 2 CT 2.
Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 1-hour workshop for children and adults of all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Participants will be supplied with a sketch of a variety of subjects such as a pelican, a tree frog, or a sea turtle. Using photos and magazine clippings, each parent and child will team up to create a masterpiece to take home. See examples on Marjorie's website by clicking here.
Registration fee includes one adult, one child (age 5+), and all supplies. Come early or stay late and enjoy complimentary admission to the Environmental Learning Center, 9am-4pm.
Scheduled activities include: Story Time, Naturalist Presentation, Crafts, Films, and Touch Tank. Click on the details button above for more information.
Urban ponds are a central focus of many housing developments in Naples, most of these ponds repeatedly suffer from eutrophication, when they become saturated with algae and rooted aquatic plants. Fish kills due to low dissolved oxygen soon follow. Poor water quality and improper maintenance are commonly the cause of this problem. The pond may receive runoff from gardens containing a variety of fertilizers, and/or pesticides. Runoff may also contain oil washed from streets, antifreeze, paint and other household chemicals that make their way from home to the pond. Often times this problem is faced with the use of harmful chemicals, like copper, that will eventually end up in Naples bay, harming the natural ecosystem
The Urban Pond Management training was designed to provide landscaping professionals with knowledge, skills and tools to correctly design, install and maintain a successful urban pond as part of a storm water system. The program includes the description of the laws and regulations in reference to stormwater systems, and the careful consideration of plant selection and maintenance of urban ponds.
This program provides the following CEU's: FDACS 4, APA 2.75, FNGLA 4, CFE 3.00 CT 1, City of Naples Refresher requirement.
An Invasive plant is a non-native plant that not only has established but is expanding on its own in the Florida native plant communities. The state of Florida has one of the most severe exotic species problems in the country, as of 2011. Despite the millions of dollars that have been spent on controlling the spread of invasive plants in Florida (about $100 million each year), the rapid and effective dispersal characteristics of these invaders make them extremely difficult to eliminate. As some of these invasive plants still remain in the landscapes as they were previously brought in for horticultural purposes, preventing the introduction of new ones and the spread of existing invasive plants is the most effective and least inexpensive way to protect our natural habitats from these invaders. This training will describe some of the most common and troublesome invasive exotic plants in Southwest Florida and appropriate control methods, including proper use of herbicides.
This event provides the following CEU's: 4 FDACS, 4 FNGLA, 3 City of Naples, 3.5 Category 1 CF, and up to 13 ISA.
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.
Esta clase se diseñó con el objetivo de proveer a los profesionales de las Industrias Verdes el conocimiento, la habilidad y las herramientas necesarias para minimizar la contaminación por fuentes difusas relacionadas a estas industrias. Este programa promueve el buen razonamiento para seleccionar las plantas, y el buen uso del riego, los fertilizantes y los pesticidas, para no afectar negativamente al medio ambiente de la Florida.
Poseer el certificado GI-BMP es obligatorio para registrar una compañía de mantenimiento de zonas verdes en varios condados y municipalidades. Adicionalmete, es un prerequisito para obtener el certificado para aplicar fertilizantes del Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), el cual es mandatorio para todos quienes aplican fertilizante de manera comercial en todo el Estado.
Esta clase también otorga las siguientes unidades de educación contínua (CEU's): 4 FDACS, 3 City of Naples, 4 FNGLA, 2 LUF, Hasta 17.25 ISA, 2.5 CFE (CAT 1) y 2.0 CFE (CAT2).
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. Adicionalmente, se hace mención de la ley estadal y las ordenanzas locales que afectan el aplicar fertilizantes de manera comercial en zonas urbanas.
Esta clase también otorga los siguientes Unidades de Educación Contínua (CEU’s): 2 FDACS, 3 City of Naples, 4 FNGLA, 2 LUF, hasta 6.75 ISA y 1 CFE (CAT 1) .
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