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 Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 5, 2016
09:30 am - 01:00 pm
$ 15.00 30 14 16

Estuary Extravaganza!

Estuaries are areas where rivers meet the sea. Did you know that estuaries rank among the world’s most productive ecosystems? Students will use high tech tools as they learn to test the “vital signs” of our estuarine water and explore how changes can impact the environment we all depend on. Students will also investigate live oysters to discover the many services they provide to our estuaries and coastal communities. Depending on your student’s age, story time or a trail walk will also be included.

This opportunity is limited to a maximum of 30 students ages 7-14.

Cost is $15 ($10 for members), includes one child and one adult. Each additional child is $15 ($10 for members)Price includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center for the day.

Questions? Contact Dita O'Boyle at 239-530-5976. 

 CTP: Green Industries Best Management Practices - English
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 12, 2016
09:00 am - 04:30 pm
$ 30.00 70 29 41

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.

 

 Realistic Graphite Drawing
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Oct 17, 2016 - Oct 21, 2016
08:30 am - 04:30 pm
$ 395.00 15 1 14

Join our Artist in Residence, Lee Hammond, and learn how to realistically draw all subject matter in graphite.  This class is based on the “Hammond Blended Pencil Technique” from Lee Hammond’s best-selling books.  In 5 days, you will learn everything you need to draw anything proficiently in pencil.

Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Learn more about her amazing talent here.

Supplies are not included. *Refer to supply list, by clicking the Details button at left.

 Guardian Anglers 2016
 Location: Isles of Collier Preserve Clubhouse
Details
Oct 28, 2016 - Oct 29, 2016
06:00 pm - 09:30 pm
$ 100.00 120 36 84

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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

 Guided Kayak Tour
 Location: Shell Island Road Boat Launch
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Nov 8, 2016
09:30 am - 11:30 am
$ 69.00 10 3 7

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. PLEASE ARRIVE AT LAUNCH SITE (Shell Island Road) 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO SCHEDULED DEPARTURE TIME.

 Essence of an Estuary Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 8, 2016
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 1 5

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. Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Life's a Beach Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 9, 2016
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 0 6

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). Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Sunset to Starlight Cruise
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 12, 2016
04:00 pm - 07:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 2 4

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. Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 High Points Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 16, 2016
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 4 2

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 recommended. Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Treasure Island Boat Tour
 Location: Rookery Bay Field Station on Shell Island Road
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Nov 17, 2016
02:00 pm - 05:00 pm
$ 109.00 6 1 5

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 interesting 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 mile on uneven terrain. Closed-toed shoes required. Please arrive at launch site (Shell Island Road) 15 minutes prior to scheduled departure time.

 Gallery Opening Reception
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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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.

 Birds of the Beach
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Nov 19, 2016
08:00 am - 12:00 pm
$ 40.00 18 1 17

Southwest Florida is a critical stopover site for thousands of migrating and wintering shorebirds.  In this class, Adam DiNuovo of Audubon Florida will discuss the life history of these birds and the amazing journeys many of them make annually.  Winter shorebirds are notoriously difficult to ID, so practicing the skills learned in this class is essential.  You will learn how to use plumage, size, and behavior to help with identification. 

The classroom session will be followed by a trip to Tigertail Beach, one of the most important winter shorebird sites in Florida, where we will see many of the birds discussed.

This class is geared toward those with some birding experience.  If you are new to birding, you may want to try our Birding Basics class first.

 Adventure Race
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
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Dec 10, 2016
08:00 am - 10:00 am
$ 35.00 70 23 47

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.

 Homeschool Day at Rookery Bay
 Location: Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
Register
May 3, 2017
09:30 am - 01:00 pm
$ 15.00 30 0 30

Estuaries top to bottom

Curious about what lives underneath the waves? Ever wonder about how microscopic plankton
are connected to sharks? Students will use microscopes to identify different species of
plankton and learn about their roles in the estuarine ecosystem. We’ll then head to the top trophic level to learn about sharks; what species are here and why some sharks are considered to be indicator species. Depending on the age a story time or trail walk will also be included.

This opportunity is limited to a maximum of 30 students ages 7-14.

Cost is $15 ($10 for members), includes one child and one adult. Each additional child is $15 ($10 for members)Price includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center for the day.

Questions? Contact Dita O'Boyle at 239-530-5976. 

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