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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 T.B.D., CFE 2.5 CT 1 CF and 2 CT 2.
Mangrove forests are important habitat for fish, shrimp and crabs, and thus an important food source for many seabirds and wading birds in Florida, and also larger fish of commercial and recreational importance. Their management and restoration, however, is not routinely successful, and failed efforts are common. Ecological Mangrove Restoration helps to solve many of these problems.
Mr. Roy R. "Robin" Lewis III is president of Coastal Resources Group, Inc., (CRG) a not-for-profit scientific and educational organization, with offices in Salt Springs and Venice, Florida, USA. CRG operates an In-Lieu-Fee coastal wetland mitigation program in the Florida Keys. He is a Professional Wetland Scientist certified by the Society of Wetland Scientists, and a certified Senior Ecologist with the Ecological Society of America. He has forty years of experience in the design and construction of wetlands with over 200 completed and successful projects in the USA and overseas. He has recently completed design and permitting of a 225 acre mangrove restoration project at the Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Marco Island, Florida, USA. The first phase of this project is currently underway. He has also worked and taught wetland restoration in twenty-two foreign countries. He specializes in the ecological monitoring, management and restoration of mangrove forests and seagrass meadows and has over 125 professional publications in these and other wetland subject areas.
Join a Rookery Bay naturalist as you enjoy a two-hour guided tour which explores the mangrove bays, creeks and rookeries that make this Reserve a valuable treasure. This is a beginners trip and includes brief paddling instruction. However, possible winds and currents may require paddlers to have some 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. Arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 30 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.
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. You will 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 naturalist guide will introduce you to the fascinating plants that make this community of life unique and will share interetsing stories of how human history and coastal ecology intertwine. This tour requires the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock and walk 1/2 minle on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes 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 all the things you are seeing: specially adapted native plants, gastropods, bivalves, crustaceans, corals, sea squirts, snails, sponges, worms, fishes, birds, reptiles, and more. This island is 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. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended for the walk across the island (and can be removed on the beach).
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 is designed to “get you there”. You will wander through the bays and backwaters of Rookery Bay Reserve, learning about plants and animals, but more importantly, how they fit into the complex tapestry of this special place we call an estuary. Bring your curiosity and be rewarded with discovery and insight. You will journey back in time and learn how human history and natural history intersect. Your guide adapts the tour to changes in weather, tides, and participants’ interests so no two tours are ever the same. 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.
Friday Night Captain's Meeting6:00 pm: all anglers' reception at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center with silent auctions, raffle, open bar and heavy appetizers7:30 pm: Captain's Meeting8:00 pm: Live Auction
Saturday Morning All-Release Fishing TournamentSafe light: anglers target snook, redfish, trout within Rookery Bay Reserve boundaries2:00 - 3:00 pm: catch registration at designated check-in locations
Saturday Night Awards Dinner6:00 pm: beer and wine, awards at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Friday Night Auction6:00 pm: all anglers' reception at Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center with silent auctions, raffle, open bar and heavy appetizers7:30 pm: Captain's Meeting8:00 pm: Live Auction
Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit a particularly unusual place in Rookery Bay Reserve. After disembarking, take a short hike to one of the highest points in Collier County, an ancient sand dune relic from the Pleistocene Era. Your naturalist guide will help you see and appreciate the geologic history of Sand Hill as you enjoy the remarkable view. You will also learn about the specially adapted trees, shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. This tour allows guests the opportunity to experience a place few visitors get to see. Participants must have the physical ability to get into and out of a boat tied to shore. Closed-toed shoes are reccomended.
Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 3-hour workshop for adults of all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Participants will be supplied with a sketch on a 9" x 12" stretched canvas, a template of the subject, glue, scissors, and magazines. Marjorie will work with you to create a masterpiece you can take home! Additional kits available for purchase in the nature store. See examples on Marjorie's website by clicking here.
Registration fee includes one adult (ages 12+) and all necessary supplies. Come early and enjoy complimentary admission to the Environmental Learning Center.
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.
Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. New this year: a 5k Trail Run! All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Oct 31), post-race refreshments, Rookery Bay water bottle, and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center and entry for door prizes. Awards will be presented to the top finishers in each category: men, women, relays, tandem-teams, surf-skis. Also new this year: 10-year age group awards!
Registration opens Sept 1. Early bird discount until Sept 30, price increases Nov 1.
This one-of-a-kind tour 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. Participants must have the physical ability to step down into, and up from, the boat at a dock. Closed-toed shoes are recommended.
Join Steve Bertone, long-time Rookery Bay Reserve Cultural Resource Monitor, on a virtual walk through prehistoric and historic settlement areas in the Reserve. Built atop a remnant 2,500-year-old Calusa shell mound and village site, a historic pioneering community homestead called the Little Marco Settlement flourished on the Henderson Creek waterfront. The presentation will address how pioneers made a living on this harsh landscape, and what life was like here before air conditioning and running water.
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