Calendar of Preserve Events

  • Apr 21, 2017

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

Saturday 6th, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – 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 call 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Rye Preserve

 

 

Saturday 6th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – RYE PRESERVE NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE – 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 6th, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – 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 amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Rye Preserve

   

Tuesday 9th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: GOPHER TORTOISES – Grab your young learners and join us for a creature feature on one of Florida’s shyest but most important residents: Gopher Tortoises! Listen to a scaly story and learn even 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. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Island Branch Library

 

Tuesday 9th, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – 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 suitable for adults. 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 10th, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM – WILD FLORIDA 101: SENSES SERIES: SMELL AND TASTE – Stop and smell the salt breeze. Let your sense of smell, taste, and adventure immerse yourself in a night hike, exploring wildlife’s senses. Learn about the importance of odors in nature and how flavors are connected to smell. This is the third in a series about wildlife senses. Program suitable for adults ages 16 and up. 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.2 . Perico Preserve

 

Thursday 11th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: MICRO-LIFE –Join us as we explore the secretive life of microorganisms! It is estimated that there are over a trillion microorganisms in the world and that around 99.9% of them have yet to be discovered. Some of them can live in extreme conditions like inside volcanos or at the deepest depths of the ocean. See what mirco-life we can find at Emerson Point Preserve and get a chance to study it under two different kinds of microscopes! 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 amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 . Emerson Point Preserve

 

Friday 12th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – WILDLIFE SPOTLIGHT: UP CLOSE WITH NATURE – Get ready to see the world up close! Join us for a nature walk and microscope tutorial as we take a look at natural materials and organisms through a magnified lens. Learn how to prepare microscope slides, and discover the technology of microscopy. This program will give you a new perspective on the natural world. Program suitable for adults 18 and up. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org Emerson Point Preserve

 

Friday 12th, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM FURDAY FRIDAY: SUNSET DOG WALK – Join us as the sun sets over Robinson Preserve for an evening walk for you and your dog. See the trails bathed in beautiful golden light, as vibrant hues fill the skies, and the birds flock overhead. Stretch your legs, get your paws moving, and learn how you and your pooch can help the preserve. Progams suitable for well behaved dogs and their owners. 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 . Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 13th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – SHUTTER STROLL: 60 IN 60 – Accept the 60 in 60 challenge! Join photographer Rob 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 will get the details on the 2018 Photography Challenge. Program suitable for participants age 13 and older. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Emerson Point Preserve (Freeman and Mable Horton Field Study Station)

 

Saturday 13th, 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

 

Tuesday 16th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – FLORIDA SCRUB JAYS – Florida Scrub Jays are endemic to Florida, meaning they are not found anywhere else in the world. The scrub habitat that they call home is unique to our state but is also quickly dwindling. Come learn about these charismatic birds, the threats they face, and what we as a community can do to help their populations thrive. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Library System in partnership with PNRD. Program suitable for teens and adults. No reservations required. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Island Branch Library

 

 

 

Wednesday 17th, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM – AMBASSADOGS ORIENTATION – Do you enjoy walking your dog in our parks and preserves? We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Join us for an educational presentation on the importance of responsible dog-walking in our parks and preserves and learn how to become a volunteer with the Ambassadogs program. Program suitable for dog owners ages 16 and up. This orientation is for humans only, please leave pups at home. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org GT Bray Movie Room

 

 

Thursday 18th , 9:00 AM – 11:30 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 place 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

 

Saturday 20th, 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 20th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM & 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – RYE PRESERVE NATURE CENTER OPEN HOUSE – 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 20th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: FABRICATING FORTS – Ever imagined being stuck in the woods, deserted on an island, or just building a fun hangout spot with some friends? Come out to Rye Preserve for a chance to create buildings out of natural objects in the area. 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

 

Saturday 20th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 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 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 941-742-5923 ext. 6039 . Perico Preserve

 

Tuesday 23rd, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – NATURE TRIVIA NIGHT – Put on your thinking caps and get ready for a night of trivia! Join us for some friendly competition while you answer questions about science, nature, animals, Florida history, and our local parks and preserves. You may play individually, or as a team, with a maximum 4 people per team. Some questions will be answered using an internet based quiz program, so make sure to bring a smart phone or tablet (free Wi-Fi will be available). Questions are geared towards adults. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org GT Bray Movie Room

 

Thursday 25th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: NATURE WEAVING – Spiders, birds, and even beavers weave. Join us for a day of searching for signs of animals that weave and trying our hands at weaving. 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 . Tom Bennett Park

 

Thursday 25th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM – JIGGS LANDING BRADEN RIVER KAYAKING – Launching from Jiggs Landing, we will paddle up the Braden River. Along the way, we will collect trash. 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. Program suitable for adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements . Participants must wear a life jacket. Rentals are available from the Jiggs Landing Fish Camp at 941-727-4181. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7 to reserve a space. Jiggs Landing

 

Friday 26th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – TALL TAILS TRIBE: PARTS OF A WHOLE – Leaves, seeds, and roots are all elements of a trees. Feathers, wings, and beaks are all components on birds. Using the outdoors as our guide, we will explore the different parts of nature and how each piece is knitted together to make a whole animal, plant, or ecosystem. Through games, exploration, and activities your tots will discover the amazing natural features, big and small, found in your very own backyard. 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 27th, 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM – MANATEE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TOUR – Search the skies for Florida’s fabulous fliers! Birder Join birder Lucette 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 adults. 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 27th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – NATURALIST-LED WAGON TOUR – 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. Program suitable for all ages. S eats are available on a first come, first served basis. We recommend arriving 15 minutes in advance during this busy time of year. Please meet at the wooden ramp near the screened in pavilion. Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 27th, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM – SARASOTA COUNTY’S 2018 FIRE FEST – Embers, flames and coals, join Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources for 2018 Fire Festival at T. Mabry Carlton Reserve. Try on real prescribe burn gear and inspect firefighting equipment. Watch prescribed burn demonstrations, and helicopter water drops. Learn about how fire inspires life in Florida Habitats and the steps Manatee County Preserves undertake to carefully manage a vibrant habitat threw prescribed fire. Program suitable for all ages. T. Mabry Carlton Reserve, Venice Florida

 

Tuesday 30th, 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM – MANATEE AUDUBON SOCIETY BIRDING TOUR: ROBINSON PRESERVE – Search the skies for Florida’s fabulous fliers! Birder Lori will lead participants on a tour through the restored habitat at Robinson Preserve. This site features salt marshes and the estuary of the Manatee River. Check out the “locals” as well as the migratory birds that are currently in the area. 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 Robinson Preserve

 

Tuesday 30th , 9:00 AM – 12:30 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. Program suitable for adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements . 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 at Gamble Creek

  

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.

 

 

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Participation Requirements for Manatee County Kayak Use & Program Participation


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

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