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 REFRESHER: Water Wise and Other Irrigation Concepts
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Closed
Aug 31, 2016
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 25.00 Unlimited 0 Unlimited

This class has been cancelled.

 REFRESHER: Integrated Pest Management
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Sep 6, 2016
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 25.00 75 33 42

Cultural techniques that help maintain healthy lawns and landscapes may reduce disease, nematodes, weeds and insects, thereby reducing the need for chemical treatment.  Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is a strategy used in the landscape to manage pests by using economically and environmentally sustainable practices.   IPM emphasizes selection, integration and implementation of multiple pest control techniques to prevent, reduce, or minimize pest communities.  This three hour program will introduce you to the disadvantages with the over-use of pesticides and its effects on water quality and best cultural and diagnosing practices for healthy landscapes. After the training participants will understand the broad concepts of non-point source pollution, the importance of best management practices to maintain healthy landscapes, and be able to better identify pests to determine the most appropriate IPM practice.

Class cost is $25.00 and includes a light breakfast.

This event provides the following CEU's: City of Naples 3, FDACS 3.

 Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Management Workshop for Community Association Managers
 Location: Collier County Public Library Headquarters
Register
Sep 15, 2016
09:00 am - 12:30 pm
FREE 90 17 73

Free Neighborhood Lakes and Ponds Management Workshop for Community Association Managers.

Learn about the challenges that face healthy ponds and lakes in Southwest Florida.  Find out about the laws and regulations including Best Management Practices pertaining to your community. Discover how to make your community's pond healthy and beautiful using native plants that attract wildlife and lower your maintenance costs. 

2 hours of CAM CEU's approved by DBPR

 National Estuaries Day at Rookery Bay
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Details
Sep 24, 2016
09:00 am - 04:00 pm
FREE Unlimited 0 Unlimited

This annual event will include staff-narrated boat tours (bus transportation provided to the boat 15 minutes away), introductory 30-minute kayaking trips, stand-up paddleboarding demos on Henderson Creek, marine critter touch tank, live animal presentations, kids games and crafts, behind-the-scenes tours of the science labs, native plant walks, films, food and more.

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

A limited number of VIP passes will be available for purchase for those who prefer not to wait in line.

Registration opens September 1.

 REFRESHER: Good Plant, Bad Plant, Right Plant (Spanish)
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Sep 28, 2016
09:00 am - 01:00 pm
$ 25.00 45 11 34

Las plantas juegan un papel muy importante en la creación de jardines. El utilizarlas y mantenerlas de manera adecuada protegen el agua. Hay plantas, como los mangles, que se consideran plantas buenas ya que ayudan al ecosistema de forma muy significativa. Otras plantas como el "Brazilian Pepper" o falso pimiento, y la "Malaleuca" son consideradas plantas malas que oficialmente son conocidas como exóticas-invasivas puden causar daños al ecosistema. Al practicar el princio de "La planta correcta en el lugar correcto" se reduce la necesidad de irrigar artificialmente, de fertilizar y de aplicar pesticidas en estos ecosistemas, mejorando así la calidad del agua y del medio ambiente.

Esta clase también otorga los siguientes Unidades de Educación Contínua (CEU’s): 3 City of Naples, 2 LUF, 3 FDACS (Private App, O&T, L&O, LL&O, LCLM), 3 FNGLA.

 Gallery Opening Reception
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Sep 29, 2016
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 3.00 300 0 300

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the exhibition: Summer II: Water from September 24 through November 9, with work on display by local artists Muffy Clark Gill, Lynda Fay Braun, and John Brady. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

 CTP: Green Industries Best Management Practices - English
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Oct 12, 2016
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 70 17 53

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.

 

 Guardian Anglers Auction Only
 Location: Isles of Collier Preserve Clubhouse
DetailsRegister
Oct 28, 2016
06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 25.00 120 0 120

Friday Night Auction
6:00 pm: All anglers' reception at Isle's of Collier Preserve with silent auctions, raffle, open bar and heavy appetizers

7:35 pm: Live Auction
8:00 pm: Captain's Meeting

 

 Guardian Anglers 2016
 Location: Isles of Collier Preserve Clubhouse
DetailsRegister
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016
06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 100.00 120 0 120

Friday Night Captain's Meeting
6:00 pm: All anglers' reception at Isles of Collier Preserve with silent auctions, raffle, open bar and heavy appetizers
7:35 pm: Live Auction
8:00 pm: Captain's Meeting
Saturday Morning All-Release Fishing Tournament
Safe light: Anglers target snook, redfish, trout within Rookery Bay Reserve boundaries (Gordon's River to Lostman's River)

Categories:

  • Recreational Angler Division: chumming and/or natural bait
  • Professional Angler Division: only artificial bail
  • Youth Division

Teams: 2-4 Anglers
2:00 - 3:00 pm: Catch registration at designated check-in locations
Saturday Night Awards Dinner
5:00 pm: Open bar, dinner
6:00 pm: Awards at the Little Bar Restaurant in Goodland

 Gallery Opening Reception
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Nov 17, 2016
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 3.00 300 0 300

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the Annual Painting Exhibition from November 15 through January 26, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, works will share a central theme of flora and fauna. Most of the works are for sale. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

 Adventure Race
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Dec 10, 2016
08:00 am - 10:00 am
$ 35.00 70 17 53

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. All participants will receive a t-shirt (sizes guaranteed if registered before Nov 20), 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 Aug 1. Prices increase on Oct 1 and Nov 21. 

 Gallery Opening Reception
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
Feb 2, 2017
05:30 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 3.00 300 0 300

The Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the Annual Photography Exhibition from January 31 through March 30, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, works will share a central theme of flora and fauna. Most of the works are for sale. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay.

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