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

September

Saturday 2nd, 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 7th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – OYSTER BAGGIN’ VOLUNTEER EVENT Join us to create oyster bags at Perico Preserve! The bags we make will later be deployed into local estuaries to help with the creation of new oyster reefs. These reefs will improve water quality and create habitat for native creatures in our preserves. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing michelle.leahy@mymanatee.org or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Perico Preserve

 

Saturday 9th, 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 amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044. Rye Preserve

 

Saturday 9th, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM – WILD KIDS WEEKEND: WACKY WEATHER – Boom! Clack! The thunder is back! Come and let your little ones learn about the wacky weather we see in Florida year-round. From thunderstorms to hurricanes, we'll be using hands-on experiments and demonstrations to explore and understand these natural phenomena. Program suitable for children ages 6 - 12. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742- 5923 ext. 6034. Emerson Point Preserve

 

Saturday 11th, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM (1 HOUR GROUPS) – WATER VENTURES MOBILE LEARNING CENTER HOMESCHOOL CLASS – Come out to Bennett Park to explore the WaterVentures Mobile Learning Lab! This traveling science center is a 53-foot semi-trailer which allows students to learn water and science focused programs. Classes for home school students will be available in 1 hour sessions are are available for 3rd through 6th graders (10 am – 11 am, 11:25 am – 12:25 am) with shorter programs available in between for younger learners. Program sponsored by Sarasota-Manatee Village Learners and Water Ventures. Reservations are required. Please call Jessica at 941-535-8524. Bennett Park

Wednesday 13th, 6:00 PM – 8:00PM – FAMILY SUNSET 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

 

Thursday 14th, 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 14th, 2:00 PM 4:00 PM – HOMESCHOOL SCIENCE CLUB: GULF COAST OYSTER RECYCLING AND RENEWAL PROJECT – This month, Homeschool Science Club will take part in a regional movement to protect and restore local oyster reefs. Learn about oysters and their importance through hands on activities and experiments, then help us with a conservation project! We will work together to create oyster mats that will be the foundation of new oyster habitat in Manatee County Preserves.  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

 

Saturday 16th, 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 16th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP KICKOFF AT COQUINA BEACH Volunteers all over the world are coming together to protect their waterways, and we are inviting you to be part of it! Get your feet wet to help Coquina Beach and Leffis Key. We will be collecting trash and recording our findings for a global impact report. Bring your water shoes and sense of adventure! To learn more, please visit http://www.oceanconservancy.org/our-work/international-coastal-cleanup/. Program sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with Keep Manatee Beautiful. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing amy.may@mymanatee.org or calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 to register. Coquina Beach Gulfside

 

Saturday 16th, 8:00 AM - ECOFITNESS SCAVENGER RUN – Grab your running and nature friends, or fly solo, and come on out to Robinson Preserve for our first Eco Fitness Scavenger Run! You’ll solve a series of ecological clues that will lead you to various locations around the preserve. Once you arrive at those locations, you’ll be expected to complete a mini fitness challenge. After visiting all the stations, you and your team will make it back to the start to finish one last test! Prepare to cover approximately 3 miles during your adventure. Teams will be comprised of 3-5 teams. You can come with your own team, or we will place you on a team based on your knowledge of Robinson. Questions about the event can be directed to preston.higdon@mymanatee.org or erin.struzzieri@mymanatee.org. Robinson Preserve

 

Monday 18th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, & 10:30 AM 11:30 PM – NATIONAL ESTUARIES WEEK: NATURALIST- LED WAGON TOUR – Roll through Robinson Preserve in a covered wagon in celebration of National Estuaries Week: Know and Grow! Your tour guide will explain the preserve’s estuarine ecology, history, resident wildlife, fabulous flowers, and describe preserve highlights during this FREE tour. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. 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

 

Wednesday 20th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM LIBRARY LEARNING: MARVELOUS MANATEES Manatees are here to play! We live in a very unique state that this gentle creature to calls home. Let your child become a mini marine biologist with manatee anatom-ee! 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 941-742-5923 ext. 6036. Palmetto Library

 

Wednesday 20th, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM – NATIONAL ESTUARIES WEEK: FAMILIES FLOCKS TOGETHER: ESTUARY GAME NIGHT – Do you know what an estuary is? Bring the whole family to discover all about the wonders, wildlife, and health of our local estuaries through games! Participate in activities that will have the whole family bubbling with laughter. This program is in conjunction with National Estuaries Week: Know and Grow. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. 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 941-742-5757 ext. 4. Emerson Preserve

 

Friday 22nd, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM – NATIONAL ESTUARIES WEEK: KNOW AND GROW, PERICO PLANT PULL – Do you dig native plants? Volunteers, please join us for a plant pull at Perico Preserve. The harvested plants will be replanted at the Robinson Expansion on September 23rd to help restore the old farmland to its natural state. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program.  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 941-742-5757 ext. 2. Perico Preserve

 

Friday 22nd, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm SUNSET, STARLIGHT PADDLE – Want a great way to spend a Friday evening? Join us for 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 kayakers. Participants must have their own canoe or kayak and safety gear including a light. All participants must wear a life jacket. Reservations are required. Please call 941-742-5757 ext. 7. Robinson Preserve

Saturday 23rd, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM – NATIONAL ESTUARIES WEEK: KNOW AND GROW, ROBINSON EXPANSION PLANTING – Dig on in! Join us for the final National Estuaries Week: Know and Grow program at the Robinson Expansion. Get a sneak peak on all the updates in the new section of the preserve and participate in a native species planting. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. 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. 2. Robinson Preserve Expansion

 

Saturday 23rd, 7:30 PM – 10:00 PM – SIDEWALK ASTRONOMY AT G. T. BRAY – Join us for an astronomical extravaganza! Dozens of local astronomers will be set up near the Coast Guard Auxiliary building, with telescopes at the ready. Be sure to bring a sense of wonder and exploration and view the skies through high-powered telescopes. Learn how to identify these heavenly bodies, and how you can star gaze at home too. Program in partnership with The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers. Suitable for all ages. No reservations required. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. G. T. Bray Park, Coast Guard Auxiliary Field

 

Tuesday 26th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM – LIBRARY LEARNING: BURROWING OWLS – Grab your young learners and join us for a creature feature on burrowing owls! Listen to a story about a family of burrowing owls 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 941-748-4501 ext. 6044. Island Library  

 

Wednesday 27, 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM UPPER GAMBLE CREEK Add another section of Manatee's Blueway Trails to your bucket list. Join our nature guide from WayneAdventures who will lead a 1 way paddle down this meandering river. Enjoy several miles of oak hammocks and 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. 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

 

Thursday 28th, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM – GREEN EXPLORERS: EXPEDITION ESTUARY– Dip into our waterways and hike through the estuary to discover a wild habitat that bridges land to water and saltwater to freshwater. 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. 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

 

Friday 29th, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM TALL TAILS TRIBE: FROG FROLICK Ribbit, peep, peep! Grab all your little tadpoles and join us to discover the fantastic world of frogs. Learn to identify some of our local amphibian calls and create your very own froggy symphony. Play froggy games and discover the qualities that make a frog a frog. 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 30th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM RYE PRESERVE WORLD ROWING CHAMPIONSHIP CELEBRATION Join us to experience wild Florida at its finest in celebration of the World Rowing Championship! Visit the Nature Center to learn more about Rye’s uplands habitat and history while department staff lead you through special hands-on activities related to each exhibit. Spend an hour with one of our naturalists on a guided nature hike and immerse yourself in the diverse ecosystems of Rye Preserve. Hikes will start at 10 AM and at 12 PM and each will end with a water exploration to search for native macroinvertebrates in the creek. Be sure to wear shoes that can get wet! Suitable for all ages. For more information please call 941-748-4501 ext. 6039. Rye Preserve


Saturday 30th, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM – NATURALIST GUIDED WAGON TOUR – Roll through Robinson Preserve on wheels and hear the story of the site’s restoration transformation. Volunteer naturalists share the site’s history, identify wildlife and plants, and discuss current projects at the site. Suitable for all ages. Space is available on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are not required. Robinson 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 olderTo 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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