Rye Preserve Nature Center opens this Saturday, Jan. 9

  • Jan 5, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (Dec. 30, 2015) – A new Nature Center at Rye Preserve will open on Saturday, Jan. 9, featuring hands-on exhibits for children and an engaging history of East Manatee County during the turn of the 19th century. When it’s open, the new Nature Center will be one of the Gulf Coast’s only uplands nature exhibits.

Rye Preserve Nature Center
Rye Preserve Nature Center

Manatee County Natural Resources will host a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m. on Jan. 9. The 145-acre Rye Preserve is located at 905 Rye Wilderness Trail, just north of Lake Manatee. There will be light refreshments and a variety of family-fun activities, said Education and Volunteer Division Manager Melissa Nell.


“We’ll be taking visitors on guided tours of the Center, and we’ll have hands-on activities that highlight each exhibit,” Nell said. “Adults will enjoy the history displays and the natural beauty of Rye Preserve. There’s really something for everyone at Rye, so if people haven’t visited this event is the perfect opportunity.”


Representatives from the Palmetto Historical Park and the Florida Forest Service will be on hand with activities that highlight the history of Rye and its uplands habitat.


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