November 8, 2017
It is with great enthusiasm that I share news of the Friends of Rookery Bay’s (FORB) new membership opportunities. Since August, we’ve been evaluating FORB’s membership plans and working to enhance benefits. To everyone that currently supports FORB through your membership - thank you! To lapsed members and those interested in engaging more with FORB and Rookery Bay Research Reserve, I encourage you to view our new offerings. Membership plans are designed to benefit students, families, and individuals at a variety of levels. We’ve even expanded our offerings to include corporate membership plans, which will formally recognize FORB’s business partners and provide perks for their employees. Enjoy reduced rates on programs, boat tour gift certificates, select pre-registration to events such as the upcoming Festival of Birds (members can register Nov. 25; the public can register Dec. 1), and discounts at our Nature Store.
Speaking of discounts, join us and #ShopSmall at the grand opening of FORB’s newly remodeled Nature Store at the Environmental Learning Center! FORB celebrates Small Business Saturday on November 25th from 9am-4pm, coinciding with Science Saturday. Building on the success of past store management, we now offer new clothing lines, art, children’s toys, books and so much more! Whether you’re looking for the perfect gift for a child, grandchild or yourself, we have a wide selection that resonates with your experience at Rookery Bay Research Reserve. Special thanks go out to Lori Wagor, former project director at the Marco Island Historical Museum, who donated her time to spearhead the store’s remodel. We can’t wait to see you there!
While you’re visiting the nature store, be sure to check out the list of upcoming programs. FORB will be launching the Lunch and Learn lecture series November 21st, featuring stories from Florida is a Land Remembered, as told by Patrick “Rick” Smith Jr. The lecture series runs monthly through April 2018. Interested in something more adventurous? See and learn first-hand how Hurricane Irma reshaped the regional landscape by participating in either a guided kayak or boat eco-tour. Have a passion for the arts? Don’t miss our November 16th free art reception and any one of our upcoming photography classes. View the Calendar of Events for more details about all our exciting upcoming events.
Athan Barkoukis, MS
The Friends of Rookery Bay