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

 January

 

Thursday 5th, 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. GT Bray Recreation Center

 

Friday 6th, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM – PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE KICKOFF: 60 IN 60 – Accept the 60 in 60 challenge! Join naturalist and photographer Aedan for a photography program that will put your eye and design abilities to the test. Stretch out your shutter finger and prepare to capture 60 natural subjects in only 60 minutes! Afterwards, we will head into the field station to review your favorites, and discuss some tips and tricks to get that perfect shot. Participants are encouraged to submit their images to the 2017 Photography Challenge. Program suitable for participants age 14 and older. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 9. Emerson Point Preserve (Freeman and Mable Horton Field Study Station)

 

Saturday 7th , 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 7th, 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

 

Saturday 7th , 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – ROBINSON PRESERVE PADDLE – Come out and enjoy the salt marshes of Robinson Preserve with our nature guide from WayneAdventures. This is an easy paddle which can be enjoyed by beginning kayakers.Program suitable for all ages. 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. Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 7th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 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

 

Tuesday 10th, 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

 

Tuesday 10th, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM – HOW DO I GET STARTED WITH KAYAKING – If you have ever thought about kayaking, especially in our wonderful preserves, then this is for you! Listen, learn and ask questions as our instructor from WayneAdventures talks about the opportunities to paddle the Manatee County award-winning blueway trails. How can I have a safe and wonderful experience? How do I choose the right kayak, paddle and gear? Program suitable for adults.All attendees will receive a 'next step' checklist and a copy of Paddle Manatee, A Guide to Area Canoe and Kayak Trails.Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Emerson Point Preserve (Freeman and Mable Horton Field Study Station)

 

Wednesday 11th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – RIP SQUAD VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – Join this group that works directly with County natural areas land managers on various wildlife habitat improvement projects. This group meets every month with locations and tasks determined based on need, opportunity, and priority, at the time of each event. Email announcements are sent out a few days in advance of each event that detail the purpose, goals, and meeting information for each upcoming event.Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. To receive email announcements about the RIP squad volunteer events, send an email to Michelle at Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org. Location TBA - chosen based on need.

 

Wednesday 11th, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM – AFTERNOON YOGA – Relax and unwind with an invigorating Vinyasa yoga flow surrounded by the beauty of nature. Breathe and stretch while red wing blackbirds sing in the marsh nearby and enjoy relief from a hectic work week. Guided by yogi Betsy Anderson, a certified instructor who has been practicing for 20 years, this class is a great opportunity for all levels to experience outdoor yoga including beginners.Please bring your own yoga mat and be ready for a unique FREE afternoon! Suitable for ages 13 and up. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 6 to reserve your spot today. Conservatory Park

 

Thursday 12th, 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. GT Bray Recreation Center

 

Saturday 14th, 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 14th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM – RIVERVIEW POINTE MASTER GARDENER TOUR – Stroll through Riverview Pointe Preserve to learn more about Florida’s native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. The hike begins in the parking area of Desoto National Memorial Park and enters into Riverview Pointe Preserve.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. Riverview Pointe Preserve

 

Saturday 14th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – SUN SPOTTING – See the sun as you have never seen it before. Join us for a special look through a Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope. Come see the sun in perfectly safe H Alpha light and observe solar granulation, filaments, sunspots and even solar flares. Stop by the lawn of the Valentine House to say “Hello” and take a look through the solar scope. This is guaranteed to be a unique viewing experience. No reservations needed . For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 14th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM – EMERSON ENHANCERS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – Come and be part of a dedicated group of individuals who are passionate about Emerson Point Preserve! We do whatever is needed, from cleaning up the Point for marine debris, removing exotic invasive plants from the Temple Mound and classroom area, to making enhancements to the butterfly garden. Program suitable for all ages.Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 to register. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Saturday 14th, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM – STARRY NIGHT TELESCOPE EXPLORATION: MOONRISE EDITION – 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 these 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

 

Wednesday 18th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – KAYAKING FOR FIRST TIMERS – If you'd like to try kayaking, come on out! No prior experience necessary! WayneAdventures will give a 3 hour class during which we will explore the marshes and mangroves of Robinson Preserve. A slow paced paddle intended to give you time to get used to your kayak while exploring Robinson Preserve. Plenty of time to try out kayaking and get some coaching, too. For those interested in learning how to load a kayak on your car, a demo will follow. Ten kayaks and gear available from our WCIND-funded kayak fleet. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Robinson Preserve

 

Thursday 19th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: BIRD PHYSICS – Do you ever wonder how a bird takes flight? Now is your chance to learn all about the science of being a bird. Through hands on experiments we will explore the laws of physics that use lift, thrust and drag to make birds look effortless as they take to the air. We will finish the afternoon by searching for organisms in flight.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. Emerson Point Preserve.

 

Thursday 19th, 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. GT Bray Recreation Center

 

Saturday 21st, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – 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 21st, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM YOUTH 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. All equipment will be provided for use. Program is suitable for ages 6 to 16 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 21st, 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: ANIMAL ENGINEERS – From a thin spider web to a huge coral reef, wildlife are amazing architects. Weaving, digging, and sculpting, Florida creatures alter their habitats every day. Join us for a discovery hike searching for these architectural gems. Even get a chance to gather your own natural supplies and try building. 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. Rye Preserve

  

Tuesday 24th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – ADULT LIBRARY LEARNING: EMERSON POINT PRESERVE VIRTUAL TOUR – Tour Emerson Point without leaving the comfort of the Island! This program is a basic introduction to the site’s history and habitats. Featuring a slideshow of beautiful photos, the “virtual tour” will highlight some of the preserve’s most unique features. Program suitable for adults. Island Branch Library

 

Wednesday 25th , 9:00 AM – 1 2:30 PM – UPPER GAMBLE CREEK PADDLE – Add another section of Manatee's Blueway Trails to your bucket list. Join our nature guide from WayneAdventures who will lead a one-way paddle down this meandering river winds for several miles through oak hammocks and through salt marshes before joining with the Upper Manatee River to form the Manatee River. We will launch from the Mulholland Rd bridge where it crosses Gamble Creek and take out at the Ft Hamer boat launch. While not for first time kayakers, beginning kayakers who can paddle 4-6 miles are welcome. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear. Wearing of a life jacket is mandatory. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Mulholland Rd

 

Thursday 26th, 8:30 AM - 11:00 AM – RYE PRESERVERS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY– At Rye Preserve, we are all about plants! Whether it is seed-collecting, making enhancements to the garden, or removing exotic invasive plants, we need your help to make it a better plant for native plants and animals. If you love native plants, biodiversity, seeds, and lending a helping hand, this is the workday for you! Program is suitable for all ages.Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing Michelle.Leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 to register. Rye Preserve

 

Thursday 26th, 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. GT Bray Recreation Center

 

Thursday 26th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: SENSATIONAL SENSES – Cool crisp air, bright birds, and crunching leaves… let’s explore all our senses discovering the sights, smells, and feel of nature. 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. Bennett Park.

 

Friday 27th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – FOUR ELEMENTS EARTHWALK: WATER – New for 2017! 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. This month we will explore the element of water, discovering fluidity as we walk near Perico’s newly created tidal lake and the bayou. Our walk for this month will emulate the flow of water, and participants will discover how to move with both grace and power. 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. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Perico Preserve

 

Friday 27th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – TALL TAILS TRIBE: CHASING SHADOWS – It’s that time of year again, time to see if groundhogs around the country will see their shadows. While we have no groundhogs in Florida, there are plenty of shadows. Join us for a morning of hands on toddler fun, exploring shadows in art, dance, experiments, and movement. 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. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Saturday 28th, 8:00 AM – 10:30 AM – PERICO PRESERVE TO NEAL PRESERVE MANATEE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TOUR – Search the skies for Florida’s fabulous fliers! Birder Lucette will lead participants on a tour through two of Manatee County’s newest preserves. 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. Perico Preserve

 

Saturday 28th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: REDUCE, REUSE, AND RECYCLE – Come on out and join us at beautiful Emerson Point Preserve and learn about the basic ways you can help to restore our environment. Do you know what you can recycle and how to do it? Learn how you can repurpose refuse and express your creative side by making recycled sculptures. 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

 

 

 

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