Calendar of Preserve Events

  • Aug 18, 2016

Parks and Natural Resources monthly calendar of preserve events - check out the great free events happening in your preserves. The Parks and Natural Resources Department offers programs in environmental education, passive outdoor recreation, and volunteer stewardship. Most of the preserve programs are free to participants and are available for a variety of age levels.

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Fishing at Jiggs Landing
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Fishing at Jiggs Landing

March

 

Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM – HISTORIC VALENTINE HOUSE OPEN – Visit this 19th century house turned visitor’s center. Learn about the history of the Palma Sola area and see photographs of historic Palmetto on its river journey to the current location in Robinson Preserve. Explore natural history exhibits regarding the local flora and fauna and even catch a peek from our live tower camera. All visitors are welcome, no reservations needed. Robinson Preserve (Valentine House)

Thursday 2nd, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – FIBER FUNGI--Your creative fiber skills are needed! We are making a collection of fiber fungi, textile toadstools, and enchanting epiphytes out of yarn and cloth for an educational exhibition. If you can knit, crochet, sew, or felt, we have an organism for you to make. Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 or emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org to register, or to participate from home. GT Bray Recreation Center

Thursday 2nd, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – LIBRARY LEARNING: RARELY SEEN CREATURES – Florida is home to a variety of animals that are rare and unique. In this program, we will explore the state’s threatened and endangered wildlife, discovering those creatures that are rapidly disappearing from the landscape. The program will include a discussion on how you can help these rarely seen creatures. Program is suitable for all adults. Braden River Library

Saturday 4th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00PM - 4:00PM – RYE PRESERVE NATURE CENTER OPEN – We are opening the doors of the newest addition to Rye Preserve. Come view a variety of exhibits that highlight the history of Rye and its uplands habitat. Department staff will take visitors on guided tours of the Center, and lead special hands-on activities related to each exhibit. Suitable for all ages. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

Saturday 4th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM ARCHERY Set your sights on the exciting outdoor activity of archery! This program will provide participants with basic archery instruction, familiarization with archery equipment, and instruction in shooting techniques that create successful archers. Attendees will leave with an understanding of the sport of archery, and the knowledge to practice it safely. All equipment will be provided for use. Program is suitable for ages 6 to 18 years old. Program sponsored by the Florida Youth Conservation Centers Network and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Reservations are required; please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Rye Preserve

 

Saturday 4th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – STARRY NIGHT TELESCOPE EXPLORATION – Set your gaze skyward and search the heavens for a glimpse into the stars. Get a chance to view the skies through a high-powered telescope. Learn how to identify heavenly bodies, and how you can star gaze at home too. The preserve is closed after dark, but we’re giving you a special opportunity to explore with a naturalist guide. Suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Perico Preserve

 

Tuesday, 7th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – SKYWAY TO RATTLESNAKE KEY PADDLE – Announcing a paddle for experienced kayakers, Rattlesnake Key. Add another seldom paddled section of the Manatee County Blueways Trail in Tampa Bay and Terra Ceia Bay. Join our naturalist from WayneAdventures for a guided tour. We will launch from the mangroves on the west side of the Skyway South Rest Area. You must have open water experience and use a sit-on-top kayak or a sit-in kayak with skirt. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Skyway South Rest Area

Thursday 9th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: FASCINATING FLORIDA FOSSILS Join us for a blast into the past! Have you ever wondered what Florida was like millions of years ago? Become a paleontologist and discover more about the ancient creatures that used to call our state home. Through hands on discovery, we will dig a little deeper into Florida’s natural history and uncover the wonders of the past. Program suitable for all ages recommended for age 6-10 year olds, but all ages welcome. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5757 ext. 4. Emerson Point Preserve

Saturday 11th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM – EMERSON POINT MASTER GARDENER TOUR – Stroll through Emerson Point Preserve to learn more about Florida’s native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Tour begins at the observation tower parking area. Sponsored by the IFAS Extension Program/Florida Master Gardeners. Suitable for all ages. Please call the Master Gardener Office for reservations at 941-722-4524. Emerson Point Preserve

Saturday 11th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – NATURALIST-LED WAGON TOUR – Roll through Robinson Preserve in a covered wagon! Your tour guide will explain the preserve’s history, resident wildlife, fabulous flowers, and describe preserve highlights. Program suitable for all ages. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes in advance. Meet at the wagon loading ramp near the screened-in pavilion.  Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis. Robinson Preserve

Saturday 11th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – JIGGS LANDING FISHING HERITAGE – Join us as we spend the morning casting back in time, learning about the early days of Jiggs Landing and reviving the dreams of landing a trophy bass at this historic fish camp. We will get a glimpse of the lifestyle of these days as we take a tour of the late-forties replica cabin and enjoy the enduring pas-time of fishing along these shorelines. Participants will have a chance to try their luck at fishing-themed activities and we encourage you to cast out your lines to see what you can catch! Program suitable for all ages. Note: Anyone 16 or older needs a valid freshwater fishing license to fish at Jiggs Landing, but a fishing license is not required for other activities. All state rules and regulations apply for fishing. Register by calling 941-742-5757 ext. 4. Jiggs Landing

 

Saturday 11th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: ART IN NATURE – Do you want to connect to your inner artist? Come and join us on this adventure through Emerson Point Preserve to collect natural materials for multiple art projects such as collages, leaf printing, and more! Expand your creativity while connecting with nature and learning about artistic techniques through hands on projects! Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 5 to reserve your spot in this class. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Tuesday 14th, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – EMERSON POINT MANATEE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TOUR – Search the skies for Florida’s fabulous fliers! Birder Lucette will lead participants on a tour through Emerson Point’s coastal hammock and mangrove habitats. Check out the “locals” as well as the migratory birds that are wintering here. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Audubon Society. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Wednesday 15th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM –  SUNSET, STARLIGHT PADDLE – What a great way to spend a Thursday evening, a guided sunset and starlight nature paddle. Come out and enjoy the salt marshes of Robinson Preserve with WayneAdventures. We will take advantage of low tide to watch the sunset from the sandbars of the Manatee River. Bring your camera for great shots of egrets, herons and roseate spoonbills. This is an easy paddle which can be enjoyed by beginning kayaker. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear including a light. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Robinson Preserve

 

Thursday 16th, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM – RYE CEMETERY PRESERVATION AND BEAUTIFICATION — Volunteer to spruce up the Rye Pioneer Trail and historic burial grounds by removing litter and invasive plants. Next we will be cleaning the gravestones with a special solution to help them shine. Program suitable for participants ages 6 and older. Register by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 or email michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org. Rye Preserve

Thursday 16th, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM – FIBER FUNGI— Your creative fiber skills are needed! We are making a collection of fiber fungi, textile toadstools, and enchanting epiphytes out of yarn and cloth for an educational exhibition. If you can knit, crochet, sew, or felt, we have an organism for you to make. Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 or emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org to register, or to participate from home. GT Bray Recreation Center

 

Friday 17th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – FOUR ELEMENTS EARTHWALK: FIRE – This ongoing monthly series will help you relax, destress, and reconnect deeply with nature.  Learn to savor nature by turning off your brain and focusing on the present moment using basic mindfulness techniques with a new element-based theme each month. Fire’s walk is the walk of life and energy, so we will discover the new breath of spring emerging from the winter. We will look for this energy, sustaining and nourishing in all things and shining out from the brilliant sun, and discover how we can bring that into our own mindfulness practice. We will practice basic mindfulness techniques as we learn how to apply nature’s teachings and elements to our own experience. Suitable for ages 16 and up. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Ungarelli Preserve

 

 

Saturday 18th, 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM – BRADEN RIVER ROOKERY PADDLE AND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP – We will launch from the Braden River Boat launch for a 2 hour, 2 mile sunrise photo session with the birds of the Braden River Rookery. Join our naturalist and nature photographer from WayneAdventures. Come to learn/share tips and techniques for great bird photography. Roseate Spoonbills, Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Wood Storks, Cormorants and others are building nests, displaying and mating! We will be close enough for some great shots but will need to keep our distance to avoid stressing the birds. While not for first time kayakers, beginning kayakers are welcome. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext.7 Braden River Boat Launch

 

Saturday 18th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00PM - 4:00PM – RYE PRESERVE NATURE CENTER OPEN – We are opening the doors of the newest addition to Rye Preserve. Come view a variety of exhibits that highlight the history of Rye and its uplands habitat. Department staff will take visitors on guided tours of the Center, and lead special hands-on activities related to each exhibit. Suitable for all ages. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

 

Saturday March 18th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM COASTAL CLEANUP OF COQUINA BEACH – Time to save the seas! Grab your gloves, hat, and sunscreen – we'll provide the trash bags and grabbers – and take an active role in helping the environment. Your hard work will help keep the beaches beautiful and the wildlife safe. This is a great opportunity for teens looking to earn volunteer hours. Program sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages. To sign up for this event please visit https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.459019584 Coquina Beach, Bayside

 

Saturday 18th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – PIONEER CHEF: HISTORICAL COOKING TECHNIQUES — Florida’s pioneers spent their days hunting, fishing, and foraging. Explore the ingredients and cooking techniques of Florida’s early settlers. Learn how these pioneers prepped and preserved their food with hands-on demonstrations and tasty treats. Chef Aedan will share a variety of pioneer recipes and teach how to cook over an open campfire. Program suitable for all ages. Registration is required. Please register by calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

 

Saturday 18th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: PIONEER GAMES – Have you ever wondered about the games pioneers played? Play is an essential part of childhood, but in bygone eras there were different structured games and no equipment like videogames for amusement. Come learn fun games from old Florida, which will captivate both young and young heart.  Everyone will get a chance to assemble one of the games yourself.  Program suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing coral.bass@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5757 ext.4. Bennett Park 

 

Tuesday 21st, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – LIBRARY LEARNING: RARELY SEEN CREATURES – Florida is home to a variety of animals that are rare and unique. In this program, we will explore the state’s threatened and endangered wildlife, discovering those creatures that are rapidly disappearing from the landscape. The program will include a discussion on how you can help these rarely seen creatures. Program is suitable for all adults. Island Library

Wednesday 22nd, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM – MOODY BRANCH VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – Join us for a volunteer workday at Moody Branch! We will be undergoing renovations in the next few months, and you can be part of the renovation revolution. This special place requires lots of volunteer love to help it look its best. Lend a hand to remove invasive plants and make space for native plants to feel at home. Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 or emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org to register. Moody Branch Preserve

 

Wednesday 22nd, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: SPRINGTIME GARDENING

 “Leaf” your dreary winters behind and bloom into spring. Let’s cultivate our minds with the knowledge of plants, seeds, and growth. The skills of agriculture are essential to life. Come explore the characteristic of what makes a garden through games, activities, and art.  Bring your young learners and join us for our horticultural exploration at the Palmetto Library. Suitable for all ages. Palmetto Library

 

Thursday 23rd, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: DIGGIN’ DIRT – The poet

e e cummings once wrote “the world is mud-luscious”. Let’s explore the many facets of dirt by digging right on in. Using hands on discovery, and the participants own creativity attendees will have a chance to play in nature. Green Explorers is a low structure, highly social and experienced based activity.  Program suitable for all ages recommended for age 6-12 year olds, but all ages welcome. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing coral.bass@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5757 ext.4. Rye Preserve. 

 

Friday 24th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – TALL TAILS TRIBE: PIONEER STORY TIME – Long before the written word, stories have been passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth. Let’s give your toddlers a chance to learn some of the stories of old Florida, in the oral traditional. Explore the stories of the pioneers, and Native Americans at one of our quietest parks. Program suitable for preschool age children. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing coral.bass@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5757 ext. 3. Conservatory Park

 

Friday 24th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE GALLERY PRESENTATION – Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources invites you to join us for the presentation of the featured photos from the 2017 Photography Challenge! Take a walk through the Valentine House and view photos that tell an extraordinary story about each of our beautiful preserves. If it’s true that a picture is worth a thousand words…we will have quite a few stories to tell! Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6044. Robinson Preserve (Valentine House)

Saturday 25th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – NATIVE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE AT EMERSON POINT PRESERVE— Step back in time as we explore Florida’s past and discover what life was like for Native Americans that once lived here. We will learn about many of the skills practiced by Florida’s early inhabitants and their way of life during a walk through the site of an early Native American settlement located at Emerson Point Preserve. We will also discuss the transformation the state has experienced throughout the years and gain a new perspective about the place where we live. Program suitable for participants ages 6 and older. Register by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 or email michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Saturday 25th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: TALK TO THE ANIMALS – Whether we are talking, texting, emailing, or simply shaking hands, communication is an important part of our everyday lives. Like humans, animals have a lot to say, too! They can sing, dance, and even change color to communicate important messages.  Discover the unique and interesting ways animals communicate (and what they are saying), while participating in hands on activities and a nature walk. Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you can attend by calling 941-742-5757 ext.4. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Tuesday 28th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM – HERITAGE MONITORING SCOUT TRAINING—Learn about Florida Public Archaeology Network’s newest program, Heritage Monitoring Scouts of Florida. Join Florida Public Archaeology Network and Parks and Natural Resources Staff for the program information session and learn how to become a heritage monitoring scout. By tracking changes to archaeological sites at risk, particularly those impacted by climate change, you can protect Florida historic sites. For more information or to reserve your spot, email Rebecca O’Sullivan at rosulliv@usf.edu. Emerson Point Preserve

Tuesday 28th, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – EMERSON POINT MANATEE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TOUR – Search the skies for Florida’s fabulous fliers! Birder Lucette will lead participants on a tour through Emerson Point’s coastal hammock and mangrove habitats. Check out the “locals” as well as the migratory birds that are wintering here. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Audubon Society. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Friday 31st, 6:30 PM –ANNUAL ROBINSON PRESERVE FIT2RUN TWILIGHT 5K & 10K

RUN – Celebrate Robinson Preserve with a 5K and 10K evening race inside the preserve’s trail

system. Sponsored by Fit2Run, this fee-based family fun event is for all levels of walkers and

runners. After the race, registrants can join the After Party for food, music, prizes, a live band,

and more. This year’s after party includes a post-race buffet including beverages. Registration

begins at 3:00 p.m. with children’s races at 5:30 p.m. and the main race beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Sponsored by Fit2Run, F.E.L.T. Feeding Empty Little Tummies, and Manatee County Parks and

Natural Resources Department. Event is suitable for all ages. Registration is required. To register visit www.active.com. Robinson Preserve

 

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