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

April

 

Thursday 12th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: GOPHER TORTOISES - Join us as we celebrate annual Gopher Tortoise Day with Homeschool Science Club! Learn about how these little guys make such a big difference in our ecosystems that they considered a keystone species. Engage in hands on activities as we discover the secret underground worlds gopher tortoises create, why this is so important, and what we can do to ensure that gopher tortoises are protected in our area. You may even get a chance to meet the newest member of our education team! 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 13th, 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 an afternoon 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. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

 

Friday 13th, 5:30 pm - 7:30 PM - WILDLIFE SPOTLIGHT: MOLLUSK DIP-NET AND SHUTTER STROLL - Get ready to explore what lies beneath the waves as we dip net at beautiful Emerson Point Preserve. Join us for this unique opportunity to learn about the mollusks that inhabit Emerson Point and take photos of them for a mollusk ID guide that will be used as an educational tool for future dip-net programs. Be sure to bring your camera, a towel, and closed-toed shoes that can get wet. Program suitable for adults. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org 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 continues through 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 - 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 - 4:00 PM - LEVEL 1 ARCHERY INSTRUCTOR TRAINING - This USA Archery Level 1 Instructor Course is designed to give instructors the necessary skills to teach short-term archery programs and introduce basic archery skills to beginners. The class is geared toward those working with 4H Clubs, Boys Scouts, Girl Scouts and camps. We will cover range safety, range set-up, basic equipment setup and repair, and how to teach the basic steps of shooting. Certification course suitable for ages 16 and older. Pre-registration is required. Please fill out the interest form at https://goo.gl/forms/NcBJPWWRWS1y3W9e2 For more information, contact aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org $80 Certification Fee. Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

    

Saturday 14th, 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM - STARRY NIGHT TELESCOPE EXPLORATION - Join us for the last stargazing event of the season! 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 17th, 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 an afternoon 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. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

   

Tuesday 17th, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM - HOW DO I GET STARTED AND FALL IN LOVE 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 kayak guide from Wayne Adventures, 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? All attendees will receive a 'next step' checklist and a copy of Paddle Manatee, A Guide to Area Canoe and Kayak Trails.Presentation suitable for ages 16 and older. Reservations are required. Please email aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Emerson Point Preserve - Freeman and Mable Horton Research Study Station

 

Tuesday 17th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - LIBRARY LEARNING: CRYPTOZOOLOGY FLORIDA'S FASCINATING FAKES? - Skunk apes lurking in the woods, giant sea monsters swimming just off the beach, and…a fifteen-foot-tall penguin in St. Petersburg? Florida has its share of legendary creatures, or cryptids - creatures whose existence has been suggested but is unrecognized by science. Join Melissa for a fascinating look at Florida's creatures, tales of the weird and wonderful, and learn about several famous cryptids that turned out to be true! Program suitable for individuals ages 13 and up.  Island Library

 

Wednesday 18th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - LIBRARY LEARNING - SEASHELL SPECTACULAR: Bring your little learners to discover the variety of colors, shapes, and sizes of seashells found along Manatee County's shore. Explore the creatures that call seashells home and the habitats they live in. Puppets, play, and games make for an exciting learning experience. Program suitable for preschool age children. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 Palmetto Library

 

Thursday 19th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - *NEW* TREETOTS: LIGHT AND DARK - Bring your little frog for an enlightening light exploration program. Engage all your tadpole senses through movement, lights, and reflections inspiring nature exploration in the safety of our newest county site, The NEST. TreeTots is an interactive activity for babies and young toddlers to become acquainted to the natural world. Program suitable for newborns to 2-year-olds. 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

 

Saturday 21st, 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 email aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

 

Saturday 21st, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - RYE PRESERVE MASTER GARDENER TOUR - Take a hike through upland habitats along Rye Branch and learn about Florida native plants, natural history, and early settlement of the area. Get a glimpse into the sea of palmettos and arid scrub that make up wild Florida. 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.   Rye Preserve

 

Saturday 21st, 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 an afternoon 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. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

 

Saturday 21st, 10:00 AM -12:00 PM - GREEN EXPLORERS: TREE TIME: Trees are amazing. Without them, houses, furniture, and even our number 2 pencils would not be possible. We will be participating in hands on tree explorations and there will be an option to climb trees. Using hands on discovery, 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 . Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

 

Saturday 21st, 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 email aedan.stockdale@mymanatee.org or call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

 

Tuesday 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 an afternoon 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. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

 

Tuesday 24th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - HOMESCHOOL BIOLOGY LABS: SQUID DISSECTIONS - Join us for the first of our new series of homeschool biology labs for middle and high school students. This recurring program will give older students the opportunity to participate in laboratory style programs and get hands on experience in the biology field. In this first lab, we will learn the principles of dissection and use these skills to gain an in-depth knowledge of mollusk anatomy and adaptations. Program suitable for students 11 years and older. 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 . $10 Material Fee per student, payable by cash only. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Tuesday 24th, 6:00 PM - 7:00 P M - LIBRARY LEARNING: 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. Questions are geared towards adults.For more information contact 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org   South Manatee Library

 

Wednesday 25th, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM - LIBRARY LEARNING: RARELY SEEN CREATURES - Florida is home to an incredible array of rare creatures from the endemic Florida scrub jay to the endangered Florida panther.  Join Master Naturalist Melissa Nell for a look at some of the state's most fascinating rarely seen wildlife and learn about Manatee County's efforts to protect and provide homes for them.Program suitable for adults. No reservations are required for this program. South Manatee Library

 

Wednesday 25th, 5:30 PM - 7:30 P M - AMBASSADOGS INFO STATION - Do you enjoy walking your dog through Robinson Preserve? Stop by the Ambassadogs table for information on how you and your pup can volunteer with Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources to help keep our waterways clean. We will be located at the entrance of the Spoonbill trail.For more information, call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 or e-mail elena.burke@mymanatee.org Robinson Preserve

 

Thursday 26th, 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

 

Thursday 26th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - GREEN EXPLORERS: SAMPLING THE PRESERVE - Food is life. Come taste the estuary's kitchen, and expand your taste buds on exciting foods found in the preserve. 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 . Perico Preserve

 

Friday 27th, 8:30 AM - 10:30 PM - SUNRISE SHUTTER STROLL AT PERICO PRESERVE - The sun is rising and birds abound at one of Manatee County's newest preserves. Come photograph the early hours among stunning freshwater marshes and breathtaking trails. Learn tips and tricks for shooting wildlife, landscapes and the play of morning light over the lagoon. Program is suitable for adults. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 9. Perico Preserve

 

Friday 27th, 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 an afternoon 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. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Robinson Preserve - Mosaic NEST

 

Friday 27th, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM - TALL TAILS TRIBE: TEXTURE OF NATURE - Bumpy, rough, slippery, and smooth; nature is full of textures. Your toddler will experiment with touch and learn that wildlife can touch too!  Through games, exploration, and activities your tots will discover the amazing natural wonders, 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 28th, 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 28th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - WORLD TAI CHI DAY - One World… One Breath. Join us as we take part in a global exploration of breath and movement. This FREE event will include Qigong warmups followed by Tai Chi demonstrations and follow-alongs presented by local instructors. We will be joining hundreds of cities, across eighty nations, where people from all walks of life will come together and breathe together. View the event on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/1894575150574488/ For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. G.T. Bray Amphitheater - 51st St Park Entrance

 

Saturday 28th, 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. 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. Program suitable for adults who can meet the County's minimum eligibility requirements . 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 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 28th, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - SNORKELING 101 - Splash into Manatee County's new "Snorkeling 101" program. Explore the world hiding below the waves and get a glimpse of local wildlife. Learn how to use snorkel equipment, water safety, and laws pertaining to this fun recreational activity. We will explore simple ways to conserve and protect the estuarial environment. All participants must be able to competently swim. Snorkeling gear made possible by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program License Plate program.   Program suitable for ages 12 and up. Each family must come with a participating adult. 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

 

Saturday 28th, 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM - FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: DIP NET - Bring the whole family to explore what lies beneath the waves as we dip our nets into the waters of beautiful Emerson Point Preserve. Come discover the wide variety of unique creatures that live on our shorelines and learn how to identify them. You'll meet marvelous mollusks, sensational sea grasses, and maybe some cool crustaceans! For this program, be sure to bring closed toed shoes that can get wet and a towel. Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing elena.burke@mymanatee.org or by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6036. Emerson Point 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.

 

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Kayaking for First Timers at Robinson Preserve
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Kayaking for First Timers at Robinson Preserve

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The calendar of events is sent out monthly via email. If you would like to join the email list, please email melissa.nell@mymanatee.org .

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

 Download the Eligibility Requirements