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 Kids FREE Friday: Reptiles
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Jul 27, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
FREE 350 16 334

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: Reptiles!

Scheduled Activities:

  • 9:00 - 1:00 Kids Crafts (classrooms)
  • 9:00 - 2:00 Estuary Encounter (exhibit hall)
  • 9:30-12:30 Critter Cart (upstairs)
  • 10:15 to 10:45 Story Time (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Creature Feature (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 1:00 JewBan's Deli Food Truck (picnic area)
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Feature Film (auditorium)

Pre-registration is not required.

 Kids FREE Friday: Fish
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Aug 3, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
FREE 350 14 336

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: Fish!

Scheduled Activities:

  • 9:00 - 1:00 Kids Crafts (classrooms)
  • 9:00 - 2:00 Estuary Encounter (exhibit hall)
  • 9:30-12:30 Critter Cart (upstairs)
  • 10:15 to 10:45 Story Time (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Creature Feature (auditorium)
  • 11:00 - 1:00 JewBan's Deli Food Truck (picnic area)
  • 12:00 - 12:45 Feature Film (auditorium)

Pre-registration is not required.

 Summer Institute for Marine Science
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Aug 6, 2018 - Aug 10, 2018
08:30 am - 04:00 pm
$ 150.00 12 11 1

Discover our unique coastal environment with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers!  This week-long program brings students into the field to experience concept in ecology, marine biology, sustainability, and citizen science.

WHO: Program is open to students entering 8th, 9th, or 10th grade with an interest in marine science.

WHEN: 8:30am - 4:00pm, Monday through Friday (early start on Friday @ 8:00am)

WHERE: Dropoff and pickup at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center

WHAT: Explore the bays, islands and beaches of Rookery Bay.  Collect and identify invertebrates and other wildlife.  And enjoy field trips to other marine science and environmental centers.

Program must meet minimum of 10 students in order to occur. 

Questions? Contact Jeannine Windsor at 239-530-5989.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Aug 13, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 1 14

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: Back from the Brink- Using Social Attraction to Save Seabirds
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Aug 14, 2018
09:30 am - 10:30 am
$ 15.00 120 5 115
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.
 National Honey Bee Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Aug 17, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

In celebration of National Honey Bee 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.

 Green Industries Best Management Practices (English)
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Aug 21, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 60 18 42

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 program provides the following CEU's: FDACS 4, FNGLA 4, ISA up to 3.5

 

 Planning and Facilitating Collaborative Meetings
 Location: The Conservancy of Southwest Florida
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Aug 29, 2018 - Aug 30, 2018
09:00 am - 05:00 pm
$ 30.00 50 6 44

Registration closes on August 16

This hands-on workshop is designed to increase participants' ability to plan and facilitate a meeting (or a series of meetings) that minimizes conflict and enhances problem solving. Collaboration is often cited as a good way to address management issues, but the collaborative process 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, a collaborative meeting. Participants from every level are welcome to attend.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Sep 4, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 0 15

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.

 Green Industries Best Management Practices - SPANISH
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Sep 25, 2018
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 60 12 48

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, hasta 3.5 creditos ISA

 

 National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Details
Sep 29, 2018
09:00 am - 02:00 pm
FREE Unlimited 0 Unlimited

Help celebrate Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s 40th Anniversary! This annual celebration includes staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat), kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding demos, Estuary Encounter interactive marine life exhibit, kids' games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, food. Plus, an extra-special line-up of short films about the research reserve, introduced by award-winning documentary filmmakers from Live Oak Production Group, will be shown the auditorium. Admission is free and activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins when doors open at 9 am. For those who prefer not to wait in line, VIP passes are available for online purchase.

Activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign up begins when doors open at 9am. Last admission at 2pm. Age restrictions may apply, see details link for more information.

A limited number of VIP passes are available for purchase for those who prefer not to wait in line.  Registration opens September 1.

 World Habitat Day BOGO
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 1, 2018
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
$ 5.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

World Habitat Day reminds us of the basic need for adequate shelter. In order to build an adequate shelter, we must nurture a healthy ecosystem. Come in today and learn how Rookery Bay helps keep our ecosystem thriving and enjoy “buy one, get one free admission” to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Cannot be combined with other offers. Must pay at door, no registration necessary.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Oct 15, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 0 15

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.

 Mangrove Trimming and Regulations Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 30, 2018
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 25.00 60 2 58

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: CEP 4, FNGLA 4, CFE (Cat 1) 3, ISA TBD.

 Essentials of Digital Photography Workshop
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Nov 5, 2018
09:30 am - 12:30 pm
$ 55.00 15 0 15

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.

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