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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Summer Adventure Camps

Looking for adventure this summer?

Get ready for a week-long adventure making art, learning archery, or fishing on our rivers and bays. Come prepared for an exciting week of outdoor skills and explorations of the natural world. All camps are for ages 9 to 12 and run Monday to Friday, 9 AM to 4 PM. Please call 941-742-5923 to register. 

  


Freshwater Fishing Fun
Jiggs Landing

Session 2: July 10-14
Session 3: July 24-28
$150
 
Cast off on a fish-filled adventure and reel in some fun! Campers will learn how to fish as they discover different types of tackle, learn about freshwater residents of Jiggs Landing, and end the week with an old fashioned fish fry. All participants will receive a rod and reel and tackle box full of gear to take home and use after camp, too!
 

Right on Target Archery Camp
Rye Preserve
June 12-16
$150

 

 Ready aim shoot! Spend a week learning all about archery while developing skills on the range! Whether your child is just learning to hold a bow and aim, or they're a more experienced archer, our camp will give everyone the opportunity to improve. Each day campers will enjoy a variety of archery themed activities, from skill drills to creating paintings using arrow-popped balloons. All equipment will be provided for use during the camp.

 

Sun and Fun Saltwater Fishing Camp
Emerson Point Preserve
Session 1: June 19-23 (Full)
Session 2: July 17-21 (full)
$150
 
Grab your rods and get ready to catch a big one! Spend the summer exploring Emerson Point and learning how to fish. From tackle to take limits, campers will be taught everything they need to know in order to fish in Manatee County's beautiful saltwater Bays and Gulfs. The week will end in a fabulously fun fish fry! Equipment for use in the camp will be provided and all participants will receive a rod, reel and tackle to keep after the camp.
 

Eco-Art Camp
Emerson Point Preserve
June 26-30
$125

 

 

From the time of cave paintings, nature has been the pallet of an artist. Carve out a week this summer for a sketching good time! Learn to upcycle, design, and create works of art. Explore different media and techniques, both indoors and outdoors with an eye for nature. Emerson Point Preserve will be our inspiration location.
 

 

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Fishing at Jiggs Landing
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Fishing at Jiggs Landing

 June

Saturday 24th, 8:00 am – 10:00 am – MORNING SHUTTER STROLL – Beat the heat with an early morning walk through beautiful Emerson Point Preserve! Join photographer Rob Hamilton to shoot in the shade at this wonderful coastal property. Rob will share tips and tricks for getting gorgeous landscape photos as well as strategies for photographing birds and butterflies. This trip is great for beginning and advanced shutterbugs alike!   Suitable for ages 16 and older. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 9.  Emerson Point Preserve

 

 

Monday 26th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – SUNSET, STARLIGHT PADDLE – What a great way to spend a Monday evening, a guided sunset and starlight nature paddle. Come out and enjoy the salt marshes of Robinson Preserve with WayneAdventures. We will take advantage of low tide to watch the sunset from the sandbars of the Manatee River. Bring your camera for great shots of egrets, herons and roseate spoonbills. This is an easy paddle which can be enjoyed by beginning kayaker. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear including a light. All participants must wear a life jacket. Suitable for participants age 18 and up and participants who can meet the minimum eligibility requirements (available online at www.mymanatee.org/parks). Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Robinson Preserve

 

Wednesday 28th, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. – LIBRARY LEARNING: ANIMAL ENGINEERS- From a thin spider web to a huge coral reef, wildlife are amazing builders. Weaving, digging, and sculpting, Florida creatures alter their habitats every day. Join us to discover animal architectural gems. Even get a chance to build using natural supplies found in your own backyard. Program suitable for all ages. Program suitable for school age children. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 Island Library

Tuesday 27th, 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 June 29th, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM - JAYWATCH - For the eighth year in a row, Manatee County’s Parks and Natural Resources Department is partnering with the Audubon Society’s JayWatch to conduct a public JayWatch event at Duette Preserve. The survey, conducted over a 3-day period, offers a snapshot of the scrub jay families living within the preserve. Volunteers who would like to help track, sight, and record scrub jay sightings are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to become a citizen scientist. Only a limited number of spaces are available. Suitable for ages 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

 

Friday June 30th, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM - JAYWATCH -Volunteers who would like to help track, sight, and record scrub jay sightings are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to become a citizen scientist. Only a limited number of spaces are available. Suitable for ages 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

 

 July

 

Saturday 1st, 7:00 AM - 12:00 PM - JAYWATCH -Volunteers who would like to help track, sight, and record scrub jay sightings are welcome to attend. This is a great opportunity to become a citizen scientist. Only a limited number of spaces are available. Suitable for ages 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

 

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. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve

 

Thursday 6th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – LIBRARY LEARNING: FIZZ BOOM READ – Nature is full of fantastic chemical reactions! Learn all about the chemistry of plants and animals in this kid friendly program. Program suitable for all ages. Program suitable for school age children. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 Braden River Library

 

Saturday 8th, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM – COASTAL CLEANUP OF LEFFIS KEY AND COQUINA BEACH – Time to save the seas! Grab your gloves, hat, and sunscreen – we'll provide the trash bags and grabbers – and take an active role in helping the environment. Your hard work will help keep the beaches beautiful and the wildlife safe. This is a great opportunity for teens looking to earn volunteer hours. Program sponsored by Tampa Bay Watch. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages. To sign up for this event please visit https://app.etapestry.com/cart/TampaBayWatch/default/item.php?ref=1309.0.528713745 Coquina Beach, Bayside

 

Saturday 8th, 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 all ages who who can meet the minimum requirements for participation (available online at www.mymanatee.org/parks in the education section). 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

 

Tuesday 11th, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – SUNSET SHUTTER STROLL – Get ready to watch the sun go down and snap some spectacular shots! Join photographer Rob Hamilton to shoot off the tower as the sun sinks. Robinson Preserve closes at sunset, but during this special tour participants can stay a little bit longer to catch the “golden hour” just after the sun sinks below the horizon. Rob will share tips and tricks for getting gorgeous landscape photos as well as strategies for photographing birds and butterflies. This trip is great for beginning and advanced shutterbugs alike!   Suitable for ages 16 and older. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 9.  Robinson Preserve

 

 

 

Wednesday 12th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: BUGGING OUT - Ever wanted to explore the insect world and become a big, bad, bug sleuth? Discover how these critters send their secret communications and detect enemy intruders. Explore the incredible world of insects through games, activities, and an exciting buggy adventure. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Library System in partnership with PNRD. Program suitable for children. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 Palmetto Library

 

Thursday 13th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM – PADDLING MARIPOSA KEY VIA FROG CREEK  Join our nature guide from WayneAventures 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 1 trip! We may not even see any other humans during the paddle. This is for intermediate beginner paddlers who meet the minimum requirements for participation (available online at mymanatee.org/parks education) and have paddled 6-8 miles. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear. All participants must wear a life jacket. Launch is approx 417 Terra Ceia Rd where the bridge crosses over Frog Creek at the head of Terra Ceia Bay. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7.

 

Thursday 13th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: MARVELOUS MANATEES - Manatees are here to play! We live in a very unique state that allows this gentle creature to call home, too. Manatee anatom-ee, research techniques and comparing other mammals will let your child become a mini marine biologist! If your child likes stories, crafts and exploration, come join us! Program sponsored by the Manatee County Library System in partnership with PNRD. Program suitable for all ages.. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 Island Library

 

Thursday 13th, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: MOLLUSK MANIA – Join us to learn more about these amazing creatures and the areas they call home!  Get an up close view of mollusks both in the classroom and in their natural environment and learn about what makes them so unique. We will be getting into the water to find some local mollusks, so be sure to wear closed toed shoes that can get wet and pack a dry change of clothes! Program recommended for age 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

 

Saturday 15th, 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 15th, 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

 

Monday 17th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM –  EMERSON POINT PADDLE Join our nature guide from WayneAdventures on a trip through Emerson Point’s mangroves and estuarine waterways and follow them out to Terra Ceia Bay. Learn about mangroves, estuaries and sea grasses and their importance. While not for first time paddlers, beginners who can meet the minimum requirements for participation (available online at mymanatee.org/parks education) and can paddle 3-5 miles are welcome to attend. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear. All participants will need to wear a life jacket. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Tuesday 18th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – LIBRARY LEARNING: FLORIDA ANIMALS – Whoooo knows which animals call our state home? From foxes to frogs, we’ll find out as we explore the fabulous world of Florida’s native creatures. Program suitable for all ages. Program suitable for school age children. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6034 South County Library

 

Tuesday 18th, 6:00 PM – 8:00PM – SUNSET DIP NET – Get ready to explore what lies beneath the waves as we spend the evening dip netting at beautiful Emerson Point Preserve. Come discover the wide variety of unique creatures that live in our waters and learn how to identify them. You’ll meet marvelous mollusks, sensational sea grasses, and maybe even some cool crustaceans! For this program, be sure to bring closed toed shoes that can get wet and a towel. Program suitable for all adults. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing elena.burke@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6036. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Wednesday 26th, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – NATURAL HISTORY HIKE – Take a relaxing stroll through one of coastal Manatee County’s “hidden gems” and get to know Neal Preserve. Naturalist Melissa will lead the group and share tales and facts about the sites history and natural features. Learn to identify Florida’s native wild cotton, hear the story of the site’s earliest inhabitants, and sample tasty sea purslane on your travels. Program suitable for all ages. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing melissa.nell@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Neal Preserve

 

Thursday 27th, 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

 

 

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.

 

ONGOING/AS NEEDED: OYSTER SHELL DRILLING We need help drilling oysters to create oyster mats and vertical oyster gardens. How can you help? If the following criteria apply to you: 1.) Familiar with operating a drill press 2.) Have steady hands 3.) Able to go to Robinson Preserve during open hours 4.) Be at least 18 years of age 5.) Able to volunteer several hours at a time, we can add you to the team! We are going to have an ongoing need for oyster shell that can be turned into mats. Program suitable for volunteers age 18 and older. If you are interested in helping with this excellent project using recycled materials, contact Michelle at 941-742-5923 ext 6035 to set up a training time. 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