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Learn how to paint favorite scenes and landscapes and to create fantastic skies, gorgeous ocean scenes, trees, mountains and more during this five-day class. Using her book “Landscapes in Acrylic” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. During Hammond's class last year, students went home with four paintings ready for framing. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Minimum class size is 4 people.
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.
Come along on this small boat cruise through back bays and winding creeks to visit one of the most unique areas of 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 live oaks and drought tolerant shrubs and wildflowers that survive in this coastal scrub ecosystem. Access to this sensitive area is restricted to protect it from damage, so this tour allows guests the opportunity to experience a place very few visitors ever get to see. 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.
More than 200 guests can enjoy cocktail hour and silent auction among the aquariums and art gallery, sunset on the bridge over Henderson Creek, and a wild live auction on the center's back lawn. This year, the Batfish Bash will feature an amazing dining experience with Service By Jordan. Upbeat and catchy music from the Girl Meets Boy band will have you grooving on the outdoor dance floor. Proceeds from the wild live auction will help support research and education for future scientists. Event sponsors include Minto, Arthrex, First Florida Integrity Bank, WCI communities, and many other members of the community.
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) .
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.
This two-day workshop is designed as a skill building session for relative newcomers to digital SLR photography. These classes are not intended to teach you the basic functions of your individual camera, as participants are expected to know how to operate their cameras; instead it will address nature photography techniques in the classroom and in the field. The classroom session will address a variety of photography techniques including; spot metering, composition, depth of field, etc. Additionally, there will be a discussion on ethics of nature photography and the practices photographers sometimes use to get the “perfect shot.” There will also be three hours of one class dedicated to practicing new skills in the field. Required equipment: digital SLR camera with detachable lenses. This class is not designed for point-and-shoot camera users. Maximum number of participants: 7. Cost: $150 for two-day class. Registration required. March 19 (9 a.m. to noon) and March 20 (7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)
Learn basics of birding, including how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. This class also provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other “tricks of the trade.” The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills.
Learn how to paint anything realistically in this informative class. Using her proven painting technique Lee will show you how to master 3-D looks in your painting. Her book “Landscapes in Acrylic” will guide you, as Lee Hammond demonstrates easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. During Hammond's class last year, students went home with four paintings ready for framing. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Minimum class size is 4 people.
Mangrove Trimming and Regulations Workshop
This half-day course will provide landscape 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: ISA up to 13, FNGLA 4, City of Naples, CFE (Cat 1) 3.
Lecture title: Southwest Florida Biologists Ignite
The March Amazing Adventure lecture will feature several presentations meant to ignite and inspire the audience. Presenters will talk about things they are passionate about and experiences they have had that are meaningful to them. Our group of Southwest Florida biologists will make presentations about their lives and their life's work using only 20 slides, each with a time limit of 30 seconds. We hope that this format will result in a night of diverse, innovative and inspirational story-telling. While Amazing Adventures generally focuses on environmental travel and adventure, these speakers will seek to break that mold and let their passion for the environment serve as the backdrop for anecdotes from the adventure of their lives with accompanying illustrative images. The current list of speakers includes Dennis Giardina, Deborah Jansen, Mike Owen, Ralph Arwood and Mike Duever. This should prove to be an evening of inspiring talks given by interesting people who are respected in the field of environmental science throughout south Florida.
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.
Lecture title: Life on Henderson Creek in 1898
This presentation will provide a glimpse into life as a pioneer in the Little Marco community just before the 20th Century. It is based on the diary of F. Watts Hall, who was the school teacher from 1898-99. Excerpts from the diary are supported by nautical charts, historical images and discussions with descendants of the Kirkland and Carroll families who were living on Henderson Creek in 1898. Ray Carroll, Cindy Carroll, and Chris Durfee will recount these stories and can authoritatively answer questions about what life was like on Henderson Creek over the years.
Learn how to draw fabulous flowers, fruit, and nature scenes in colored pencils during this five-day class. Using her book “Lifelike Drawing in Color” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. This class will make you a master at various colored pencil techniques, and capturing things realistically. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Minimum class size is 4 people.
Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings Workshop
Learn to design meetings that enhance problem solving and minimize conflict. Collaboration can be complicated, requiring a systematic approach. This course provides the skills and tools to design and implement collaborative approaches. The skills will be useful even when attending, but not running, meetings.
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More about this training can be found at http://coast.noaa.gov/digitalcoast/training/planning-and-facilitating.
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