Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

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February

Reserve Wednesday/Florida Panhandle Butterflies

Oysters 101

Bay Friendly Landscaping

Our yards are part of a larger, grander ecosystem. Participants in the class will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low-maintenance, bay-conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint.

Advance registration is required and the class is free. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

March

Oysters 101

Apalachicola River and Floodplain Class

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay”. Participants will learn all about the ecology, culture, and history surrounding the Apalachicola River, as well as come to appreciate its importance in modern Florida. After the lecture portion of the class, we will embark on a river journey aboard the Reserve research vessel Henry Lee to get an up-close look at some of the fantastic floodplain. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint.

Advance registration is required and is $25 per person. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Reserve Wednesday/Florida Panhandle Butterflies

Bay Friendly Landscaping

Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the class will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low-maintenance, luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales. Participants can also get their own rain barrel that they can take home. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint.

Advance registration is required, class is free, rainbarrel is $25 ordered one week in advance. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

April

Oysters 101

Oyster Ecology

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves!. Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, participants will get the chance to walk along an oyster bar and look at its inhabitants under a microscope.

Advance registration is required and is $25 per person. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Apalachicola Bay Estuary Class

Oysters 101
Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life? Join us to explore the estuary we depend on. 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 aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The class will be based out of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint.

Advance registration is required and is $25 per person. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Reserve Wednesday/Pirates of the Gulf Coast

Bay Friendly Landscaping

Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the class will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low-maintenance, luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales. Participants can also get their own rain barrel that they can take home. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint.

Advance registration is required, class is free, rainbarrel is $25 ordered one week in advance. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

May

Oysters 101

Seagrass Exploration

Cool off this summer and learn about the important role seagrass plays in our environment and the creatures that thrive in this dynamic habitat. We will start at the St Joseph Buffer Preserve for a quick overview, then head out to Cape San Blas. Here you can immerse yourself in the vibrant seagrass ecosystem with a guided snorkeling tour of the crystal-clear seagrass beds in St. Joseph Bay. Find out what you can do at home and on vacation to help further seagrass conservation. This adult-level class covers the basics of life in a seagrass bed, as well as the intricate ties between organisms, and important conservation and protection efforts in our area. Participants are responsible for bringing their own snorkeling gear, water bottle, towel and change of clothes.

Advance registration is required and is $25 per person. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

March

Oysters 101

Apalachicola River and Floodplain Class

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay”. Participants will learn all about the ecology, culture, and history surrounding the Apalachicola River, as well as come to appreciate its importance in modern Florida. After the lecture portion of the class we will embark on a river journey aboard the Reserve research vessel Henry Lee to get an up-close look at some of the fantastic floodplain ecosystems and historic Apalachicola River distributaries. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint.

Advance registration is required and is $25 per person. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Oysters 101

Oyster Ecology

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves! Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, participants will get the chance to walk along an oyster bar and look at its inhabitants under a microscope.

Advance registration is required and is $25 per person. Please register at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.