Workshops At The Nature Center


These 2hour workshops provide a wealth of information on a varie­ty of topics. No reservations required. Meet at the Nature Center 1:30pm.  Suggested Donation $5

QUESTIONS? Contact Kathryn Young   

Thursday, Nov 10:   NATIVE PLANTS FOR THE HOME GARDEN -Tom Heitzman (Sweet Bay Nursery in Parrish) Learn what to plant to attract and support birds and pollinators. Tour of nature center gar­dens too.

Wednesday, Jan 11: EDIBLE MEDICINAL PLANTS OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA – Bill Dunson, PhD Learn about the wide variety of edible and medicinal plants that occur in Southwest Florida.

Saturday, January 28:  eBird presented by Matthew Press  – eBird is a program that allows users to submit and search for bird sightings… and the best part? It’s worldwide and free!  Bring your laptop, phone, tablet or other electronic device and you can learn how to use eBird.  It’s easy!

Friday. Feb 10 @ 1:30 – SUMMER WITH A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE ROOST  Journey into the fascinating world of Swallow-tailed kites! Margi Haas will share her experiences and photos of 44 Swallow-tailed kites roosting in a local neighborhood tree before they migrated south over the Gulf to South America. Most see these beautiful birds as they soar overhead from February through mid-summer, but few ever see them perched together, returning to the same tree morning and evening. Small pre-migratory roosts, especially in a residential area are rare! Marg has studied this group and coordinated with avian biologists researching this imperiled species. She will share what she has learned and the bigger story, as well.

Friday, Mar 3: RAISING MONARCHS – Naomi Deutsch  Calling all com­passionate conservationists. How you can help to save this winged icon that is in serious decline.

Wednesday, April 5: BUTTERFLY 1.0.BASICS – Karen Finch  Partici­pants will learn how to ID butterflies of our region and gain an under­standing of their basic biology, behavior and requirements.

Saturday, Apr 22: PURPLE MARTINS – Sue Guarasci  Come join us for a fascinating look at this largest American swallow. Opportunity to observe active nests, eggs and hatchlings.