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Our team of naturalists offer programs on a variety of topics - check out the daily themes here.
Local artist Marjorie Pesek will lead this 1-hour workshop for children and adults of all levels of creative talent. She will share her unique art technique of Layered Imagery. Participants will be supplied with a sketch of a variety of subjects such as a pelican, a tree frog, or a sea turtle. Using photos and magazine clippings, each parent and child will team up to create a masterpiece to take home. All supplies are included. See examples on Marjorie's website by clicking here.
Registration fee includes one adult, one child (age 5+), and all supplies. Come early or stay late and enjoy complimentary admission to the Environmental Learning Center, 9am-4pm.
This popular summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by a paying adult. We recommend a ratio of no more than 3 kids per adult to ensure a safe and pleasurable experience.
Pre-registration is not necessary. Adults must pay at door ($5, free for members).
This week's theme is Animals of the Sea: Fish!
Scheduled activities include: Story Time, Feature Film, Crafts and Activities, Face Painting, and Touch Tank. Click on the details button above for more information.
The Sizzle Truck will be onsite from 11 am - 2 pm featuring sandwiches, salads, and snacks!
This week's theme is Animals of the Sea: Predators!
Russell's Clambake's food truck will be onsite from 11 am - 2 pm featuring sandwiches, salads, and snacks!
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.
Join renown Lee Hammond, Rookery Bay Reserve’s Artist in Residence, for an art program this summer and explore the magic of drawing and painting. 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.
On Tuesdays, Lee will teach drawing in graphite and colored pencil. You will learn a variety of techniques, and learn to draw all subject matter. Portraiture, animal drawing, flowers, nature and still life will be demonstrated.
This is a non-structured class, and no experience is required. If you have ever wanted to learn to draw, this is the class for you! It is perfect for beginners, and for the experienced artist as well. Each student will work on their own project, and receive one on one instruction and guidance from Lee. She will give drawing demonstrations and share examples on how to improve your drawing skills, based on her proven methods presented in her many art books.
This class will meet once a week for 4 weeks, 9:30am to 1:30pm: August 9, 16, 23, and 30.
Class fees are $160 per month, and no refunds for missed classes. Art supplies are not included: refer to required supply list by clicking the Details button at left. You will also be sent a list in your email confirmation upon payment for this class.
On Wednesdays in August, Lee will teach painting in acrylics. This is a non-structured class as well, and each student will work on their own chosen piece. No experience is required. This is the perfect painting class for a beginner, or someone who simply wants to improve their painting skills. Lee will guide you to the best painting you have ever done, based on the techniques she features in her painting books. All subject matter will be demonstrated, such as still life, flowers, animals, portraits, and scenery.
This class will meet once a week for 4 weeks, 9:30am to 1:30pm: August 10, 17, 24, and 31.
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.
Esta clase se diseñó con el objetivo de proveer a los profesionales de las Industrias Verdes el conocimiento, la habilidad y las herramientas necesarias para minimizar la contaminación por fuentes difusas relacionadas a estas industrias. Este programa promueve el buen razonamiento para seleccionar las plantas, y el buen uso del riego, los fertilizantes y los pesticidas, para no afectar negativamente al medio ambiente de la Florida.
Poseer el certificado GI-BMP es obligatorio para registrar una compañía de mantenimiento de zonas verdes en varios condados y municipalidades. Adicionalmete, es un prerequisito para obtener el certificado para aplicar fertilizantes del Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (DACS), el cual es mandatorio para todos quienes aplican fertilizante de manera comercial en todo el Estado.
Esta clase también otorga las siguientes unidades de educación contínua (CEU's): 4 FDACS, 3 City of Naples, 4 FNGLA, 2 LUF, Hasta 17.25 ISA, 2.5 CFE (CAT 1) y 2.0 CFE (CAT2).
A healthy landscape requires the right combination of sunlight, soil, and water. Many plants require more water than nature provides and often rely on irrigation systems. With Florida consistently ranking in the top five states for water use, proper irrigation management is a crucial tool in protecting Florida’s water resources. This class will explore steps landscapers can take to help maintain a healthy landscape that is drought tolerant and pest resistant while saving customers money.
This event provides the following CEU's: 3 City of Naples, No FDACS CEU's for this class available.
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 TBD
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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