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November 2018 Programs & Events

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Saturday 24th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – OPEN CABIN AT JIGGS LANDING – Experience the past of an Old Florida Fish Camp. Volunteer docents will take visitors through the replica cabin and tell about the history of Jiggs Landing Fish Camp and the cabins that Jiggs Metcalf built in the 1940’s. Please join members of the Old Braden River Historical Society and hear about the history of this beautiful area along the Braden River. Program suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Jiggs Landing

Saturday 24th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NEST NATURE DAYS – The brand-new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology will open its doors for a day of exploration. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Sunday 25th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – OPEN CABIN AT JIGGS LANDING – Experience the past of an Old Florida Fish Camp. Volunteer docents will take visitors through the replica cabin and tell about the history of Jiggs Landing Fish Camp and the cabins that Jiggs Metcalf built in the 1940’s. Please join members of the Old Braden River Historical Society and hear about the history of this beautiful area along the Braden River. Program suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Jiggs Landing

Tuesday 27th, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – DUETTE BUTTERFLY COUNT – Join us for the fourth annual Duette Butterfly Count, and volunteer to keep track of butterfly biodiversity at our largest preserve. Bring your camera, guide books, and sense of adventure for a day out in the wild blue yonder studying these fascinating fliers. Start your very own butterfly checklist while learning how to identify native species. In partnership with the Wings Over Florida Butterfly Program. Program is suitable for volunteers 16 and older. 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. Duette Preserve

Tuesday 27th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNINGS: SPECTACULAR SENSES – The scent of a salty sea, the flash of a butterfly, and the song of an owl, are all captured by the senses we humans use every day. Come discover how animals uses senses like the croak of a frog, or the bats searching for babies in the dark, and so much more. Using hands on activities, songs, stories, and puppets your toddler will discover that animals have senses and use them too. Program suitable for preschool age children. No reservations required. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 Island Library

Wednesday 28th, 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: MARVELOUS MANATEES – Grab your young learners and join us for a creature feature on our manatee friends! Listen to a story and learn more about these fascinating creatures through interactive games and activities. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Library System in partnership with PNRD. Program suitable for preschool age children. No reservations required. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Braden River Library

Thursday 29th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: FEATHERED FRIENDS –  Migratory bird season is approaching let’s get into the spirt of these feathered friends. Come explore the Neal woods bird population and determine ways to identify them.  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. Neal Preserve

Friday 30th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – TALL TAILS TRIBE: RAINBOWS – Rainbows inspire imagination, creativity and light in all our toddlers, illuminating a world we rarely get the opportunity to see. Discover the different colors found in the prisms and experiment to make your very own. Using exploration, folktales, hands on games, and songs your toddler will be delighted by the color spectrum. 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

Friday 30th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: SEMINOLE LEGENDS – Join us in celebration of Native American Heritage Month for a family campfire and reading of Seminole legends by Betty Mae Jumper.  As the sun sets on Rye preserve, we’ll roast marshmallows and discuss the life lessons hidden within traditional Seminole legends. Program suitable for all ages. Please bring along a camp chair if you have one.  Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044.  Rye Preserve

ONGOING/AS NEEDED: 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 when needed 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 Erin at Erin.Struzzieri@mymanatee.org Location and time TBA - chosen based on need.

December 2018 Programs & Events

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Saturday 1st, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – CITIZEN SCIENCE TEA BAG EXTRAVAGANZA: THE UNEARTHING – Wetland soils hold one of the highest concentration of soil carbon on Earth, and scientist are currently studying how the excess carbon affects or impacts the ecosystem.  Join us for the second part of this citizen science volunteer experience to study carbon in soils across several Manatee County Preserves. Volunteers will travel in groups to dig up tea bags in sites around the county for further study. These data will be shared as part of the global citizen science effort called the Tea Bag Index that aims to understand soil carbon storage in ecosystems around the world. Please note that this event will require walking into mangroves, crouching, and digging. http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=e6budacab&oeidk=a07efmpmhck782d6ebc Program sponsored by Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.  Program suitable for volunteers 16 and older. GT Bray Park but moving to other locations

Saturday 1st, 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 let us know if you would like to attend by emailing aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

Saturday 1st, 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. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

Saturday 1st, 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM ADULT ARCHERY – Adult Archery is back! 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 necessary equipment will be provided thanks to a grant from the Easton Sports Development Foundation. Program is suitable participants 16 years and older. Reservations are required. Please email aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

Monday 3rd, 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – PADDLING MARIPOSA KEY VIA FROG CREEK – Join our nature guide from WayneAdventures as we explore mangrove islands/tunnels, restored salt water marshes and more isolated mangroves. Frog Creek, Terra Ceia Aquatic Preserve, Moses Hole and Mariposa Key all in one trip! Wow! We may not even see any other humans during the paddle. This is for intermediate beginner paddlers who have paddled 6-8 miles. Program suitable for adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear. All participants must wear a life jacket. Launch is approx. 8200 Bishop Harbor Rd, Palmetto, FL 34221 GPS coordinates 27.5902222, -82.5544503 (grassy area along road) Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Frog Creek Launch

Friday 7th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - TALL TAILS TRIBE: LOOP, ARCH, & SWIRL- Have you ever noticed that nature seldom creates a straight line. Rivers wind, plants bush, and seashells curve. Let’s become detectives by seeking out these spiral and arching shapes. We will be looping, arching, and swirling our way through nature and end with a spiral focused craft. 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 8th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: WILDERNESS SURVIVAL 101 – Do you have what it takes to survive in the wild?  Join us for a morning of family friendly wilderness survival training at Rye Preserve.  Try your hand at fire building, learn how to find clean drinking water, practice primitive shelter building, and make a paracord survival bracelet.  Program suitable for ages 10 and up. Please bring along a bag lunch or snack.  Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044.  $5 Material Fee per participant, payable by cash only. Rye Preserve 

Saturday 8th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NEST NATURE DAYS – The brand-new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology will open its doors for a day of exploration. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Saturday 8th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – WILDLIFE SPOTLIGHT: BUTTERFLIES – Enjoy a relaxing walk through beautiful Robinson Preserve to look for and identify several of Florida’s butterflies. Discover the fascinating behavior of these winged wonders and learn how to make your garden more butterfly-friendly. As part of the Wings over Florida Butterfly Program, participants will be given a butterfly checklist to become a part of a state-wide citizen scientist opportunity geared towards monitoring and protecting Florida’s native butterfly species. Sponsored by the Wings Over Florida Butterfly Program. Program suitable for adults. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org. Robinson Preserve

Saturday 8th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: BRILLIANT BUTTERFLIES– Join us as we partner with the Wings over Florida Butterfly Program to learn all about these fluttering friends through hands on games and activities. Learn how to identify native butterflies, receive your very own butterfly checklist to take home, and start your progress toward your first Florida Butterfly Viewing Certificate! Sponsored by the Wings Over Florida Butterfly Program recommended for 6-12 year olds, but children of all ages are welcome. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org Robinson Preserve

Tuesday 11th, 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 11th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL BIOLOGY LABS: FIRE ECOLOGY – Is fire a friend or foe?  What role does fire play in maintaining healthy ecosystems?  How does fire impact surrounding communities?  Is there a need to prescribe fire?  Join us as we learn about the physical properties of fire and observe fire-dependent habitats to learn about the important role of fire in Florida.  FIRE!  Program recommended for students 11 years and older. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. $10 Material Fee per student, payable by cash only. Emerson Point Preserve

Tuesday 11th, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM SUNSET TAI CHI – Join us for this new monthly class, now on the lawn of the newly-opened Mosaic NEST! At sunset on the second Tuesday of the month, Dr. Brian Nell, a fifth degree blackbelt in kung fu and a certified Tai Chi instructor, will lead the group through the gentle movements of Tai Chi. This is a great way to shake off the stressful work week. Improve your balance, loosen your joints, and improve flexibility as you relax and breathe. This class is perfect for beginners and will include an exploration of several different styles of Tai Chi and Qigong.  Program sponsored by Cypress Pillar Healing Arts. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Please email aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or call 941-742-5923 for ext. 6039 to register. $5 Participant Fee payable by cash only. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Wednesday 12th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – TREETOTS: PARTS OF AN ANIMAL –  Ducks have bills and fish have fins bring your little ones for an exploration into the different parts of animals.  Through songs, exploration, and activities your tiny family members will discover the amazing natural wonders, big and small, found in your very own backyard. Program suitable for newborns to 2-year-old. 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. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Thursday 13th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – JIGGS LANDING BRADEN RIVER KAYAKING – Launching from Jiggs Landing, we will paddle up the Braden River. This is a beautiful paddle along the freshwater Braden River. Along the way, we will collect trash to beautify the waters. While not for first time paddlers, beginners who can paddle 5 miles are welcome to attend. Program suitable for adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements. Participants must wear a life jacket. Participants must bring their own kayak or rent one. Rentals available from Jiggs Landing Fish Camp at 841-727-4181. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext.7 to reserve your space. Jiggs Landing

Thursday 13th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: HOLIDAY SPECIAL – ‘Tis the season! Join us in celebration the natural way! Learn how to incorporate nature in your holiday season and let it inspire creative gifts for your family and friends. Get ready for holiday themed experiments and hands on activities the whole family will enjoy. We hope to see you there to celebrate what a great year we have had learning together!  Program recommended for 6-10 year olds, but children of all ages are welcome. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Emerson Point Preserve

Saturday 15th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 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 adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements. 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 15th, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM – VOLUNTEER FOR A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS – We need YOUR HELP! We need volunteers to help tear tickets, assist with snow, make sure folks stay safe on inflatables, and paint faces! All you need is a positive attitude and willingness to learn! This is a great way to get scholarship volunteer credit for high school or youth organizations, while creating a fun event for the whole family to enjoy. Call 941-742-5923 ext. 6035 or email michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org to take part. G.T. Bray Park

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Saturday 15th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – A NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS EVENT – Get ready for a day of family fun with the annual A Night Before Christmas event at G.T. Bray Park! Santa will be coming to G.T. Bray to visit with all the children. The event will include face painting, bounce houses, wagon rides, and much more. This year features over 15 tons of snow with a snow slide, a snow play area, and a bunny slope for the younger kids. Families who complete Santa’s passport will be entered to win a gift certificate, too! This awesome event is great for kids of all ages. Wristbands for this event are $5 for children and includes unlimited participation in all activities, bounce houses, snow, etc. Food available at an additional cost. G.T. Bray Park

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Sunday 16th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – YOGA AT PALMA SOLA PARK – Join yoga instructor Brandy Gray for a free and fun intermediate level yoga class Sunday mornings at Palma Sola Park. This class is open to public and community to connect, unwind and engage in shared mindful movement with intentions of supporting our individual and collective (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) health and well-being. This program takes place in the shaded area of courtyard with tree cover for entirety of the class. Please bring your own mat, water, towel and sunscreen. Program sponsored by Sacred Landings Crystal Creations: A Crystal & Yoga Wellness Studio. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2187078391580244/ Palma Sola Park

Monday 17th, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – MANATEE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TOUR: PERICO PRESERVE – Search the skies for Florida’s fabulous fliers! Join birder Cathy as you explore one of Manatee County's newest preserves. The newly created freshwater ponds and salt marshes of Perico Preserve provide an oasis for numerous species of birds. Check out the “locals” as well as the migratory birds that are wintering here. Program suitable for all ages. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Audubon Society. For more information or to let us know you would like to attend please email ManateeAudubon@gmail.com Perico Preserve

Tuesday 18th, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: PRESCRIBED FIRE DEMONSTRATION –  Join us for a special live fire demonstration at the Robinson Preserve NEST!  Rangers from our Resource Management Division will be burning a small median to demonstrate how they conduct a controlled burn.  Learn about the tools of the trade, what it takes to be on the burn team, and the importance of fire to Florida’s fire-dependent ecosystems! Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing sarah.denison@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Wednesday 19th, 9:00 AM – 11:30 AM - ANNOUNCING ANOTHER NEW PADDLE LOCATION, BENNETT PARK – Come out, paddle with our kayak guide from WayneAdventures and explore the backwaters of Bennett Park and the Manatee River where few have paddled. Tidal currents will make this an adventure to remember. While not for first time paddlers, beginners who can paddle 4-6 miles are welcome to attend. Program suitable for adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements. 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. The kayak launch is in the northwest corner of the park near I-75 and SR-64. Bennett Park

Thursday 20th, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – SCIENCE AND SERVICE BOOK CLUB: SHADOW COUNTRY— Looking for a volunteer opportunity in the cool of the evening at beautiful Robinson Preserve? Come out to the newest part of Robinson for our book club with a service twist. Every month we will read different book from science and history about Florida, and discuss, and follow it with a restoration project in the preserve. This month will be Shadow Country by Peter Matthiessen—we will be discussing up to book 2, to be continued in January. Program is suitable for bookworms 14 and up. 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. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Thursday 20th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: TEMPORARY EARTH ART– Building sandcastles on the beach, leaving them for the tide and wind to erode back to the sea, is a classic, beloved childhood activity. Instead of a beach let your kids come out to Rye Preserve’s woods to experience ephemeral or temporary art.  Using found objects on our walk to the site each child will be free to create with nature and given time to explore. Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required - Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing coral.bass@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6034. Rye Preserve

Friday 21st, 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. Emerson Point Preserve

Friday 21st, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – LIGHT LABYRINTH WALKING – Join us for sunset on the winter solstice for an evening of reflection. A lighted path will be assembled for a single night – we invite you to walk the path in mindful meditation. Take some time during this busy season to slow down, walk with focus and intent, and experience the world around you. Program intended for ages 16 and older, but all ages are welcome. Please let us know you plan on attending by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6039 or emailing aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org Robinson Preserve

Saturday 22nd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NEST NATURE DAYS – The brand-new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology will open its doors for a day of exploration. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Saturday 22nd, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: ORNAMENT MAKING – Nature provides us with great materials for creating beautiful works of art! In this program, we will use natural materials to create special holiday ornaments. These handmade projects will be perfect for decorating your holiday tree, and make for a lovely, thoughtful gift. Don’t forget to bring your creativity! Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org $5 Material Fee per person, payable by cash only. Emerson Point Preserve

Saturday 22nd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – STARRY NIGHT TELESCOPE EXPLORATION – Join us after sunset to watch the stars come out over Perico Preserve. 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 email aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Perico Preserve

Thursday 27th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – STROLLER STROLLS: ROBINSON PRESERVE EXPANSION – Round up your baby buggies, and your little ones for a rolling naturalist led walk through the counties wild spaces. Open your child’s eyes to the sights, smells, and feel of Florida’s great outdoors while safely wheeled around. Meet other nature explorer families with similar aged kids. Program suitable for 0 to 4 years, but entire families 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. Robinson Preserve Expansion

Thursday 27th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – *NEW* MOLLUSKS MONTHLY – Calling all beachcombers and seashell enthusiasts! Join us for a relaxing walk on the beach to search for seashells and learn to identify them. This program will explore what makes mollusks unique and bring you up to speed on the latest research in malacology. Learn about ethical seashell collecting methods while discovering a new appreciation for our beautiful shorelines. Program suitable for adults. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org Coquina Beach North

Thursday 27th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – NATURALIST GUIDED WAGON TOURS – Roll through Robinson Preserve on four wheels in the comfort of our covered wagon with a guide! These special tours provide access to portions of the preserve that normally take 30-45 minutes to reach by foot. Your naturalist tour guide will interpret the land’s history, habitat, wildlife, and plants and will share updates and information about the new expansion. Program suitable for all ages. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving 20 minutes in advance during this busy time of year. Please meet at the wooden ramp near the screened in pavilion. Robinson Preserve

Thursday 27th, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – TORTOISE TALKS – Join us for this informal program on the Valentine House lawn as we take our new education tortoise out to graze! In the wild, foraging is an integral part of a gopher tortoise’s lifestyle, so we encourage it as much as possible. Help us celebrate fall with autumn-themed enrichment for the tortoise. Stop by and say hello, get a chance to meet him up close, and ask any questions you may have. Learn all about what tortoises need to survive, how we care for our tortoise, why we have him, and what efforts we can take to protect these important members of our Florida ecosystems. Program suitable for all ages. To register or for more information, please email coral.bass@mymanatee.org  Robinson Preserve

Friday 28th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM & 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – NATURALIST GUIDED WAGON TOURS – Roll through Robinson Preserve on four wheels in the comfort of our covered wagon with a guide! These special tours provide access to portions of the preserve that normally take 30-45 minutes to reach by foot. Your naturalist tour guide will interpret the land’s history, habitat, wildlife, and plants and will share updates and information about the new expansion. Program suitable for all ages. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving 20 minutes in advance during this busy time of year. Please meet at the wooden ramp near the screened in pavilion. Robinson Preserve

Friday 28th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NEST NATURE DAYS FEATURING ORNAMENT MAKING – The brand-new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology will open its doors for a day of exploration and crafting ornaments. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. Create beautiful, take home ornaments that you will cherish years after. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Free to tour the nest, $5 Material Fee per ornament, payable by cash only. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Saturday 29th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – NEST NATURE DAYS – The brand-new Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science and Technology will open its doors for a day of exploration. Walk the grounds of the historic Reasoner Tract and observe botanical giants collected from around the world. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panorama views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Learn about upcoming programs and exciting new additions to Robinson Preserve. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required, please visit any time during open house hours. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Saturday 29th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM – ROBINSON GIVE BACK PADDLE – ‘Tis the season for giving. Here is your chance to get outside and give something back to the community! Join us for an afternoon on the waters of Robinson Preserve as we paddle the shoreline searching for trash. Program suitable ages 16 and older who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements. For individuals that do not own boats, ten kayaks and gear are available from our WCIND-funded fleet on a first-come, first-served basis. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve

Sunday 30th, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM – YOGA AT PALMA SOLA PARK – Join yoga instructor Brandy Gray for a free and fun intermediate level yoga class Sunday mornings at Palma Sola Park. This class is open to public and community to connect, unwind and engage in shared mindful movement with intentions of supporting our individual and collective (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) health and well-being. This program takes place in the shaded area of courtyard with tree cover for entirety of the class. Please bring your own mat, water, towel and sunscreen. Program sponsored by Sacred Landings Crystal Creations: A Crystal & Yoga Wellness Studio. For more information please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/2187078391580244/ Palma Sola Park

ONGOING/AS NEEDED: 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 when needed 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 Erin at erin.struzzieri@mymanatee.org Location and time TBA - chosen based on need

Participation Requirements for Manatee County Kayaks

In order to utilize one of Manatee County’s sit on top kayaks for a volunteer, Kayaking for Beginners, Kayaking for First Timers, or Beginner Level Kayak Trip, or to participate in any paddling program, participants:

  • Must be 16 years of age or older
  • Must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit for the vessel
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently while in the kayak
  • Must have the ability to respond to instructions and/or call out in the event of an emergency
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion
  • Must be able to move the kayak through the water independently in a stable manner and return it to the launching area
  • Must have the ability to breathe independently
  • Must have the ability to tolerate 60-80 degree Fahrenheit water and bright sunlight for 2 hours
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently while on the water

In order to utilize one of Manatee County’s sit on top kayaks for a summer camp program, participants:

  • Must be 9 years of age or older (note: age limit is lower as this program is specifically designed as a direct instructional for this age group; guide to paddler ratio is much lower)
  • Must not exceed the manufacturer’s weight limit for the vessel
  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently while in the kayak
  • Must have the ability to respond to instructions and/or call out in the event of an emergency
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal flotation device
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion
  • Must have the ability to breathe independently
  • Must be able to move the kayak through the water independently in a stable manner and return it to the launching area
  • Must have the ability to tolerate 60-80 degree Fahrenheit water and bright sunlight for 2 hours
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently while on the water

In the event of capsize for any program, one:

  • Must have the ability to get out from under the watercraft independently
  • Must have the ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal flotation device
Download the Eligibility Requirements