Events and Activities for Alligator Point and Franklin County Florida
The Florida State University Coastal & Marine Lab will host a series of courses this summer entitled “Exploring Nature: Evening at the Edge of the Sea.” The courses, scheduled to begin Saturday, May 21, are designed to educate and inspire through a hands-on experience with the area’s shores and shallows.
This course is designed to educate and inspire you through a hands-on experience with the strange and wonderful sea life along our pristine shores and shallows. We begin with a brief, illustrated overview of the general ecology of this part of the Gulf of Mexico, spotlighting its more intriguing habitats and organisms. After a short, guided walking tour of the Lab, we will meet some of the local marine denizens in our seawater touch-tanks. From there, we don wading shoes and walk the exposed tidal sands where an array of fascinating creatures can be seen. The evening ends in the auditorium for some Q & A, visiting and refreshments.
Registration closes one week before the class, or until full. Price: $ 40 adult, $ 30 student.
The class schedule is as follows:
Sat. May 21
Fri. June 3
Sat. June 18
Sat. July 2
Sun. July 17
Sat. July 30
Wed. August 17
Sat. August 27
The summer course instructor is Dr. Heidi Geisz. Dr. Geisz, (FSUCML adjunct faculty) gravitated to the coast from Colorado 20 years ago. Although most of her experience is in the Antarctic marine ecosystem, studying at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science allowed her to explore the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean coasts. Following a fellowship in the House Natural Resources Committee, her most recent interests include marine science policy and education.
ANERR will host a series of weekly “Turtle Talks” every Wednesday in August from 2-3 pm. The talks will be held August 10, August 17, August 24 and August 31 at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve Nature Center, 108 Island Dr. in Eastpoint. ANERR hosts “Turtle Talks” to inform visitors about sea turtle visitors. The talks are free and family-friendly.
Local seafood, produce, herbs, and honey, homemade breads and pies, along with other regional specialties will be fare offered at the Apalachicola Farmers Market August 13 and August 27 from 9 am to 1 pm at the Mill Pond Pavilion, located at the north end of Market Street in Historic Apalachicola.
Join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers on their monthly paddling trip on August 27 in and around the Apalachicola River and Bay. The trips are free to members and $30 for non-members. In addition to their monthly paddling trips, the Apalachicola Riverkeepers are also hosting longer paddling excursions (10+) miles which are best suited for paddlers with experience. Learn more at apalachicolariverkeeper.org.
A food and fun fundraiser to benefit Franklin Needs and raise money for their 2016 PINK OUT event. Enjoy free kayak and paddleboard demos by Journey's of SGI. $10 BBQ plates on sale at 11 am. Event will be held on St. George Island at Regatta Park (9th Street and West Bay Shore Drive).
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will offer a Seagrass Ecology Class on Friday, September 9th, from 12:00-4:00 pm. The class will feature an overview of the delicate seagrass ecosystem, basics of life in a seagrass bed, as well as the intricate ties between organisms, and the importance of conservation and protection efforts in our area. Be prepared to get wet! Participants will put their knowledge to the test in a guided snorkeling tour of the crystal clear seagrass beds in St Joseph Bay. Class fee is $25 per person, registration is required, please visit gulfalliancetraining.com to register or call (850) 670-7743. Attendees must know how to swim and bring their own snorkeling gear.
Many exotic plants are invasive weeds that spread quickly. The rapid and effective dispersal characteristics of these invaders make them extremely difficult to eliminate or manage. This workshop will focus on some of the more common and troublesome invasive exotic plants and animals in this region and current strategies to control them. A $10 fee covers lunch and materials. Please register online at http://www.gulfalliancetraining.org/detail.aspx?Id=118. You can also reserve a space by contacting Anita Grove at the Reserve at (850) 670-7708, Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us. Pesticide Applicator and Forestry Continuing Education Credits are approved. The workshop will be held at 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, Florida 32328.
Climb to the top of the lighthouse to see spectacular views of the sunset and full moon. Light refreshments are served. Admission charge. Contact Gift Shop at 850-927-7745 for reservations.
Franklin County Coastal Clean-up. Volunteers meet at locations throughout the county. 8:30 - 11:30 am.
September 19, 2016 to September 21, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET) ?Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and Art, 86 Water Street ?Bringing Michael Harrell back to the School of Art by popular demand. This watercolor workshop is informal and motivational and the class is structured for all levels.
Michael will begin the class with a meet and greet the artist. A demonstration of his unique techniques and style of painting will follow. There will be informal lectures and discussions with questions and answers on the different aspects of watercolor painting; from design and composition to technique. The students will do step be step painting with one on one instruction and critiques.
Cost, $350 per student, $175 deposit due with registration. Paypal or check payable to Apalachicola School of Art. Please mail your check to: Apalachicola School of Art, PO Box 86, Apalachicola, Florida 32329
ROCK BY THE SEA Lite is 3-night charity music event. It is an intimate showcase of music held at Harry A's Restaurant and Bar on St. George Island, Florida, that includes a Golf Tournament at St. James Bay Golf Resort.
Rock by the Sea, Inc is dedicated to organizing music festivals and events where we raise money to assist deserving charities who provide direct services to those in need. Every Rock by the Sea event is an intimate showcase of music designed to bring people together for the love of music and the common goal of helping these charities.
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) will celebrate National Estuaries Day on Friday, September 23, from 1:30-6:00 p.m., in Eastpoint, Florida. Activities will include dozens of free, fun and educational activities for kids and adults including marine animal touch tanks, lessons on casting a fishing rod, and estuary-themed games.
During Estuaries Day, visitors will be able to interact with researchers and volunteers from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, the Environmental Cooperative Science Center (FAMU), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Gulf Specimen Marine Lab, and Florida State University Coastal and Marine Lab.
Attendees can also tour the ANERR’s impressive 5,400 square foot Nature Center with its three large, clear sided aquariums filled with local sea life, an 80-foot long mural depicting the area ecosystems, and a hands on Bay Discovery Room.
A temporary interactive exhibit entitled Seagrass is My Home invites participants to assume the role of a young estuarine animal and step through life in an estuary, learning about the benefits that seagrass provides and the dangers that threaten seagrass habitat.
The first 600 people to arrive will get a free National Estuaries Day T-shirt, and there will be door prizes for adults to win at the end of the day. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Apalachicola National Research Reserve at 850-670-7700.
It’s time once again for you to challenge your friends, your family, and your colleagues to build boats out of stuff that any normal person would take to the dump and enter them in the Whatever Floats Your Boat Regatta at the Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory. Boats can be as artistic or as whacky as you want to make them. Just build ‘em and they will float . . . more or less.
You landlubbers will be busy ashore cheering on the captains and crews of these outrageously constructed vessels as they sail, row, or scull around the course, topple over, or slowly sink into Apalachee Bay. Watch the Regatta from various shoreline vantage points around the lab on either side of the boat basin. Enjoy good food, have loads of fun, all while learning about recycling and how to reduce the impact of plastics in our marine environments.
Visit the website to see more details and register.
Join the Apalachicola Riverkeepers on their monthly paddling trip on Saturday, September 24 in and around the Apalachicola River and Bay. The trips are free to members and $30 for non-members. In addition to their monthly paddling trips, the Apalachicola Riverkeepers are also hosting longer paddling excursions (10+) miles which are best suited for paddlers with experience.
The Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve will host a Bay Friendly Landscaping workshop on Friday, September 30, 2016, from 1:00-3:30 pm. Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Learn to be Bay Friendly by implementing so simple techniques. Participants will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens, green roofs, bio-swales, and more. Following the discussion portion of the workshop participants will have the option to assemble their own rain barrel that they can take home. The workshop will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328 The class is free, rain barrels are $20.00 per barrel. Please register for the class in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to email@example.com.
Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital our economy and way of life?
Join the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve on Friday, October 7, 2016 12:00-4:00pm explore the estuary we depend on. Participants will learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close, the Reserve’s research vessel. The workshop will be based out of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint, FL 32328. The class is $25.00. Please register for in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.
Art show begins at noon. Wine tasting tickets $20, 3-6 pm. For details call 850-323-1260.
Bridging the Field to the Studio with Bill Farnsworth
October 10, 2016 to October 12, 2016 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (ET)
Bill will teach a 3 day oil painting workshop in Landscape. ?Students will paint one day Plein Air and two days in the studio. ?They will learn how to get the most out of their field studies and photographs. ?Bill emphasizes good shapes, values, and color temperature. He welcomes all skill levels.? Cost, $400 per student, $200 deposit due at registration. Paypal or check payable to Apalachicola School of Art. Please mail your deposit to: Apalachicola School of Art, PO Box 86, Apalachicola, Florida 32329
Discover the important role oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. We will learn about what makes Apalachicola Bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct a taste or Merrior and how oysters benefit the ecosystem. Please register in advance. For more information contact Emily Jackson at 850-670-7743 or send an email to email@example.com or Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.
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