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We take great pride in offering a vast array of programs and activities throughout Manatee County, which promote our mission of health for the community and environment.

Manatee County's Preserves

Upcoming Events

Full Calendar
27Jan
Nature Tales: Forest Friends
10:00AM - 11:00AMConservatory Park
27Jan
Homeschool Bio Lab: BioBots!
1:00PM - 3:00PMEmerson Point Preserve
28Jan
Saturday Mornings at the NEST
9:00AM - 12:00PMRobinson Preserve
28Jan
Master Gardener Tour: Perico Preserve
9:00AM - 11:00AMPerico Preserve
28Jan
Macroalgae Art Workshop: Collect, Learn, Create!
9:00AM - 12:00PMRobinson Preserve
28Jan
Fire Fest 2023
10:00AM - 2:00PMT. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve
28Jan
Starry Night Astronomy
6:30PM - 9:30PMRobinson Preserve
01Feb
Manatee Audubon Society Birding Tour: Emerson Point
8:00AM - 10:00AMEmerson Point Preserve
01Feb
Soar in 4 Family Night
5:30PM - 7:00PMThe Bishop Museum
04Feb
Youth Archery (2 Sessions)
9:00AM - 10:00AMRye Preserve
04Feb
Saturday Mornings at the NEST
9:00AM - 12:00PMRobinson Preserve
04Feb
Master Gardener Tour: Emerson Point
9:00AM - 11:00AMEmerson Point Preserve
04Feb
Youth Archery (2 Sessions)
10:00AM - 11:00AMRye Preserve
08Feb
Story Walk Spruce Up - Part 1
9:00AM - 11:00AMTom Bennett Park
09Feb
Homeschool Creature Feature: Mangrove Crab
10:00AM - 12:00PMNeal Preserve
10Feb
Story Walk Spruce Up - Part 2
9:00AM - 11:00AMTom Bennett Park
10Feb
Photography Challenge Gallery Presentation
5:30PM - 7:30PMRobinson Preserve
11Feb
Manatee Audubon Society Birding Tour: Tom Bennett Park
7:30AM - 10:30AMTom Bennett Park
11Feb
Duette Wagon Tour: Florida Praries
8:30AM - 12:30PMDuette Preserve
11Feb
Saturday Mornings at the NEST
9:00AM - 12:00PMRobinson Preserve
11Feb
Master Gardener Tour: Riverview Pointe
9:00AM - 11:00AMRiverview Pointe Preserve
11Feb
Explore Nature! Outreach Booth
10:00AM - 12:00PMBlackstone Park
13Feb
Sunset Tai Chi at the NEST
5:30PM - 6:30PMRobinson Preserve
14Feb
Emerson Garden Refresh
9:00AM - 11:00AMEmerson Point Preserve
16Feb
Seashell Shore Walk
9:00AM - 10:30AMCoquina Beach South
16Feb
Emerson Enhancers: Trail Team Thursday - Part 1
9:00AM - 12:00PMEmerson Point Preserve
16Feb
Tree Tots: Smelltastic
10:00AM - 11:00AMRobinson Preserve
16Feb
Emerson Enhancers: Trail Team Thursday - Part 2
1:00PM - 3:00PMEmerson Point Preserve
17Feb
Wildlife Spotlight: Spoonbills
8:00AM - 10:00AMRobinson Preserve
17Feb
Tall Tails Tribe: States of Matter
10:00AM - 11:00AMEmerson Point Preserve
18Feb
Manatee FITFest
7:00AM - 12:00PMRobinson Preserve
18Feb
Manatee Audubon Society Birding Tour: Perico Preserve
8:30AM - 10:30AMPerico Preserve
18Feb
Master Gardener Tour: Rye Preserve
9:00AM - 11:00AMRye Preserve
18Feb
Emerson Enhancers: Shoreline Cleanup
9:00AM - 12:00PMEmerson Point Preserve
18Feb
Hike with a Librarian
10:30AM - 12:00PMLeffis Key
23Feb
Green Explorers: Searching for Symmetry
10:00AM - 12:00PMNeal Preserve
23Feb
Homeschool Science Club: Nature Senses
1:00PM - 3:00PMRye Preserve
23Feb
Sunset Shutter Stroll
6:00PM - 7:30PMEmerson Point Preserve
24Feb
Explore Nature! Tower Talks
9:00AM - 11:00AMRobinson Preserve
24Feb
Nature Tales: Changing Shape
10:00AM - 11:00AMConservatory Park
24Feb
Homeschool Science Club: Nature Senses
1:00PM - 3:00PMEmerson Point Preserve
25Feb
Tom Bennett Park Volunteer Planting Day
9:00AM - 12:00PMTom Bennett Park
25Feb
Saturday Mornings at the NEST
9:00AM - 12:00PMRobinson Preserve
25Feb
Master Gardener Tour: Perico Preserve
9:00AM - 11:00AMPerico Preserve
25Feb
Starry Night Astronomy
6:30PM - 9:30PMRobinson Preserve
24Mar
Robinson Preserve Twilight 5K/10K
All Day

Artificial Reefs

Manatee County has been involved in reef construction since the late 1960’s and currently has 13 artificial reefs. Explore the Manatee County Artificial Reef Atlas to see photos, videos, and maps of our reefs.

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