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EcoEvents: Outdoor Education Programs & Events Calendar

All of our public events are open to individuals and their family members. For large groups, we ask that each family register individually. If you have a school, camp, club, or other group that would like to participate in a program, please contact [email protected] to set up a private program.

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July 2024 Calendar of Events 

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Saturday, Jul 27th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSaturday Mornings at the NESTJoin us at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology for a morning of discovery. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panoramic views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Open house suitable for all ages. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Saturday, Jul 27th, 9:00 AM11:00 AMSolar Observing at the NESTSee the sun as you have never seen it before. Join us for a special look through a Hydrogen Alpha solar telescope. Come see the sun in perfectly safe H-Alpha light and observe solar granulation, filaments, sunspots, and even solar flares. We will have opportunities to view the sun, the moon, and Jupiter. This is guaranteed to be a unique viewing experience. Program suitable for all ages. Program sponsored by Suncoast Stargazers in partnership with Manatee County. Reservations not required. To register please visit https://events.humanitix.com/solar-observing-at-the-nest. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

August 2024 CALENDAR OF EVENTS 

Saturday, Aug 3rd, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSaturday Mornings at the NESTJoin us at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology for a morning of discovery. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panoramic views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Open house suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Wednesday, Aug 7th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PMRobinson Preserve Weekly Oyster DrillingManatee County and Oyster River Ecology, a local non-profit organization, are partnering to restore oyster reefs in Manatee County. This partnership will focus on restoration of 16 acres of oyster habitat in the Manatee River. Please join us each Wednesday from 8 am – noon to drill oyster shell, build oyster anchors, and learn more about restoration in the Manatee River. Volunteer program suitable for adults. Registration is required. To register please visit https://events.humanitix.com/robinson-preserve-weekly-oyster-drilling. Robinson Preserve – Valentine House

Saturday, Aug 10th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSaturday Mornings at the NESTJoin us at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology for a morning of discovery. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panoramic views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Open house suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Monday, Aug 12th, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMSunset Tai Chi at the NESTJoin us for this monthly class at the NEST! At sunset on the second Monday of the month, Dr. Brian Nell, a certified Tai Chi instructor, will lead the group through the gentle movements of Tai Chi. This 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 is perfect for beginners and will include an exploration of several different styles of Tai Chi and Qigong. This class is held rain or shine. Program suitable for adults. Program sponsored by Cypress Pillar Healing Arts in partnership with Manatee County. Reservations are required. To register please visit https://events.humanitix.com/robinson-tai-chi. For more information please contact [email protected]. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Wednesday, Aug 14th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PMRobinson Preserve Weekly Oyster DrillingManatee County and Oyster River Ecology, a local non-profit organization, are partnering to restore oyster reefs in Manatee County. This partnership will focus on restoration of 16 acres of oyster habitat in the Manatee River. Please join us each Wednesday from 8 am – noon to drill oyster shell, build oyster anchors, and learn more about restoration in the Manatee River. Volunteer program suitable for adults. Registration is required. To register please visit https://events.humanitix.com/robinson-preserve-weekly-oyster-drilling. Robinson Preserve – Valentine House

Saturday, Aug 17th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSaturday Mornings at the NESTJoin us at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology for a morning of discovery. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panoramic views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Open house suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Wednesday, Aug 21st, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PMRobinson Preserve Weekly Oyster DrillingManatee County and Oyster River Ecology, a local non-profit organization, are partnering to restore oyster reefs in Manatee County. This partnership will focus on restoration of 16 acres of oyster habitat in the Manatee River. Please join us each Wednesday from 8 am – noon to drill oyster shell, build oyster anchors, and learn more about restoration in the Manatee River. Volunteer program suitable for adults. Registration is required. To register please visit https://events.humanitix.com/robinson-preserve-weekly-oyster-drilling. Robinson Preserve – Valentine House

Saturday, Aug 24th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSaturday Mornings at the NESTJoin us at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology for a morning of discovery. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panoramic views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Open house suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Wednesday, Aug 28th, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PMRobinson Preserve Weekly Oyster DrillingManatee County and Oyster River Ecology, a local non-profit organization, are partnering to restore oyster reefs in Manatee County. This partnership will focus on restoration of 16 acres of oyster habitat in the Manatee River. Please join us each Wednesday from 8 am – noon to drill oyster shell, build oyster anchors, and learn more about restoration in the Manatee River. Volunteer program suitable for adults. Registration is required. To register please visit https://events.humanitix.com/robinson-preserve-weekly-oyster-drilling. Robinson Preserve – Valentine House

Saturday, Aug 31st, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMSaturday Mornings at the NESTJoin us at the Mosaic Center for Nature, Exploration, Science, and Technology for a morning of discovery. Explore the canopy boardwalk among the banyans, climb to the top of the crow’s nest, take in breathtaking panoramic views, and make an exciting exit from the building via slide. Open house suitable for all ages. No reservations required. Robinson Preserve – Mosaic NEST

Kayaking with Manatee County

PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS FOR MANATEE COUNTY KAYAKS

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