Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve
Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve

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Summer Sea Turtle Talks

June, July, August

Summer Sea Turtle Talks

July

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.

August

Seagrass Exploration

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. Attendees 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.

October

Bay-Friendly Landscaping

Bay-Friendly Landscaping

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

Advance registration is required. The class is free, but rain barrels are $25.00 per barrel and must be ordered one week in advance. Tickets available at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Apalachicola Bay

Apalachicola Bay

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.

Oysters 101

Oysters 101

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves! This class will teach you all about the role that oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. 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. This class is full of opportunities to learn more about the animals that live in our bay and along the tidal flats. The class will meet at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. Participants need to bring their own fishing waders or boots.

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

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, green roofs, 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. The class is free, but rain barrels are $25.00 per barrel and must be ordered one week in advance. Tickets available at Eventbrite. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 / email.

Apalachicola River & Floodplain <

Apalachicola River & Floodplain

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay”. It is vital to our way of life in Franklin County, the state of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. 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.

November

Apalachicola Bay

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 to 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 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 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.

Apalachicola River & Floodplain <

Apalachicola River & Floodplain

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay”. It is vital to our way of life in Franklin County, the state of Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. 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.

December

Oysters 101

Oysters 101

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves! This class will teach you all about the role that oysters play in the health of Apalachicola Bay. 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. This class is full of opportunities to learn more about the animals that live in our bay and along the tidal flats. The class will meet at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. Participants need to bring their own fishing waders or boots.

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

Living Shorelines

Living Shorelines

Coastal erosion is a natural process caused by currents, wave action, wind, storms and even boat wakes. The traditional methods used to harden the shoreline like seawalls and rip rap can often increase coastal erosion and remove the ability of the shoreline to carry out natural processes. The class is for residents and homeowners and will discuss living shorelines vs. harden shorelines, how to evaluate a shoreline by considering the physical factors such as wave energy, prevailing wind and wave direction, vegetation, and soil type, and present living shoreline methods, materials, permitting, and share success stories of local living shorelines. We will also look at types of plants to plant and visit a local living shoreline. The class will meet 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.