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

November

 

Friday 3rd, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM – VITAMIN N: MINDFULNESS IN NATURE WALK – Get outdoors for a relaxing and de-stressing walk through Robinson Preserve’s beautiful mangrove tunnels. Practice your ability to be mindful of the present moment as you walk through the secluded coastal trail. Participants will learn about basic mindfulness techniques and also participate in gentle Shinrin-Yoku, or forest bathing, simply relaxing in the beauty of nature. Scientifically proven benefits of spending time in nature include reduced stress and blood pressure, improved mood, increased energy level, and increased ability to focus. Come out and join our walk to learn how to incorporate these practices in your daily life. Suitable for ages 16 and older. Reservations are required. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5757 ext. 6. Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 4th, 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 4th, 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 equipment will be provided for use.Program is suitable participants 16 years and older. Reservations are required; please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Rye Preserve

 

Saturday 4th, 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

 

Monday 6th , 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – KAYAKING FOR FIRST TIMERS – If you'd like to try kayaking, come on out! No prior experience necessary! WayneAventures 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

 

 

Tuesday 7th, 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 7th, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM – FLORIDA’S FABULOUS CRYPTIDS – From the Skunk Ape to the Clearwater Penguin, Florida is filled with mysterious and maybe not so mythical beasts. Join Master Naturalist Melissa to explore one of her favorite subjects, those creatures which are shrouded in legend, and discover the amazing array of animals that may call Florida home. Program is suitable for teens and adults. Program sponsored by the Manatee County Library System in partnership with PNRD. No reservations required. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6039. Island Branch Library

 

 

Wednesday 8th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – WILD FLORIDA 101: EDIBLE PLANTS OF FALL – Get ready for an incredibly edible introduction to Florida’s native plants. Naturalist Aedan is back with a delicious sampling of edible plants to explore nature’s bounty as the seasons change. Learn all about different delicacies that grow in Manatee County’s preserves and throughout Florida too. Join us for a short hike to explore various native plants and their uses, then sit with us at the Chef’s Table to sample dishes made with a variety of native ingredients. Suitable for participants age 13 and older. Reservations are required. Please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Saturday 11th, 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 11th, 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 enters into 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 11th, 10:00 AM –12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: FUNGUS AMONG US – Join us for a day of decomposer discoveries, with a special spotlight on mushrooms. 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

 

Saturday 11th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – COLLEGE SERVICE DAY – Calling all enthusiastic college students to come help replant the native butterfly garden at Emerson Point Preserve. Come and get your hands in the soil while learning about the different native bushes and plants that attract the pollinators of Florida. Butterflies such as the Zebra Long-Wing, Monarch, and the Gulf Fritillary are just some of the many exciting varieties that will benefit from your hard work.Workday recommended for college students. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing coral.bass@mymanatee.org or by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6034. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Tuesday 14th, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – VITAMIN N: SUNSET TAI CHI – This FREE gentle movement modality 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, suitable for beginners as well as longtime practitioners, will include an exploration of several different styles of Tai Chi and Qigong. The program will be led by Dr. Brian Nell, a fifth degree blackbelt in kung fu and a certified Tai Chi instructor. Program sponsored by Cypress Pillar Healing Arts. Suitable for ages 13 and up. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 6 to reserve your spot today . Robinson Preserve

 

Tuesday 14th, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – LEFFIS SUNSET SHUTTER STROLL – Join photographer Rob Hamilton for a spectacular sunset viewed from the Leffis Key overlook. Walk the boardwalks of this coastal paradise as the sun goes down. Watch overhead for a chance to photograph the island’s migratory birds heading to roost. This is a special evening program to make use of the golden light of sunset – don’t miss out! Program suitable for adults.Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 9. Leffis Key

 

Wednesday 15th, 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 16th , 8:30 AM – 11:00 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

 

Thursday 16th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: WINGS OVER FLORIDA: BUTTERFLIES – This month, Homeschool Science Club will take part in a statewide citizen science project about butterflies! Fall is prime time for butterflies in Florida, as monarchs and other species are migrating south for winter! Join us for this special program to 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. 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 17th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – TALL TAILS TRIBE: NATURE’S STATES OF MATTER – Solid, Liquid, and Gas, join us for a morning of discovery into the three states of matter. Using nature as our guide we will explore the different states of matter with music, games, and a number of hands on experiments. At the end of the program, we will even sample a tasty experiment. 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 17th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – WILD FLORIDA 101: SENSES SERIES: SIGHT – Glimpse, spot, and view are all synonyms for sight. Explore the world of ocular science through the eyes of wildlife. Come learn how aquatic animals see underwater, or how some of our feathered friends use sight to capture prey, and much, much more. Through hands on demonstrations and using our own vision we will dive into the world of wildlife eyesight. This is the second 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 . Emerson Point Preserve

Saturday 18th, 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 18th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – WILD FLORIDA 101: BRILLIANT BUTTERFLIES – Enjoy a relaxing walk through beautiful Neal 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 Neal Preserve

 

Saturday 18th, 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 18th, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: BUTTERFLY BONANZA – Fall is prime time for butterflies in Florida, as monarchs and other species are migrating south for the winter! 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 let us know if you would like to attend by emailing amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 . Robinson Preserve

 

Saturday 18th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – DARK SKY SPECIAL: 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. 6034 . Rye Preserve

 

Sunday 19th, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM – ROBINSON PRESERVE MASTER GARDENER TOUR – Stroll through Robinson Preserve to learn more about Florida’s native plants and inhabitants of a coastal habitat. Explore salt marshes and salt terns to discover the plants adapted to living in this salty environment. 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. Robinson Preserve

 

Tuesday 21st, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: NOCTURNAL NEIGHBORS – Which creatures are stirring in your backyard at night? From owls to bats, Florida has an incredible array of creatures that come awake while we humans sleep. Discover whoooo comes out at night, and which featured creatures you might meet in the dark. Puppets, play, songs, and games make for an exciting learning experience. Suitable for preschool age children. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036. Island Branch Library

 

 

Tuesday 21st, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM ROBINSON PRESERVE SUNSET PADDLE – What a great way to spend a Tuesday evening, sunset 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 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 25th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – NATURALIST-LED WAGON TOUR – Roll through Robinson Preserve in a covered wagon! Your tour guide will explain the preserve’s history, resident wildlife, fabulous flowers, and describe preserve highlights. Program suitable for all ages. Please arrive a minimum of 15 minutes in advance. Meet at the wagon loading ramp near the screened-in pavilion. Seats are available on a first-come, first served basis. Robinson Preserve

 

 

Tuesday 28th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – NATURE ROCKS ROCK PAINTING CLASS – Nature Rocks! Come join other rock painting enthusiasts for a relaxing morning creating art in beautiful Robinson Preserve. Rock painting is taking the world by storm. It’s a great way to connect with nature, slow down, cultivate focus and relax. Intended to be released into the community for others to find, this is also a great way to learn to let go of attachments. We will provide rocks, paint, and brushes to give all the opportunity to paint a rock to then hide on site or elsewhere in the community. Please bring your own favorite brushes if you would like to use your own. Program is suitable for ages 13 and up. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 4 or email melissa.nell@mymanatee.org to reserve your spot. Robinson Preserve

 

Wednesday 29th, 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 Wayne Adventures who will lead a one-way paddle down this meandering river that 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. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Gamble Creek at Mulholland Rd

 

Wednesday 29th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: FABULOUS FEATHERED FRIENDS – Flapping, fluttering, and flying, get ready to take flight with our feathered friends – birds! Discover our might migrators that travel thousands of miles every year. Try out your wings with our Migration Challenge and learn some of the common birds you may see in your backyard. Puppets, play, and games make for an exciting learning experience. Suitable for preschool age children. For more information please call 941-742-5923 ext. 6036. Palmetto Branch Library

 

 

Thursday 30th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: FUNGUS AMONG US – Join us for a day of decomposer discoveries, with a special spotlight on mushrooms. 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

 

Thursday 30th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – FAMILIES FLOCK TOGETHER: NATURECRAFT – Planning on decorating for the holidays? Why go to the craft store when you can find the supplies in your own back yard? Build a wreath with vines, turn a flower into a print and a leaf into a stamp. Join us for an exploration of natural materials and how we can turn them into art. Program suitable for all ages.Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 4. 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. 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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Download the October 2017 Calendar of Events

 

Download the November 2017 Calendar of Events

 

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