FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 6, 2014
SUMMER SCIENCE EVENTS BRIDGE LEARNING GAP
Educational activities, like this touch tank, keep kids
learning through the summer months.
NAPLES – With school out for most
Florida students, many parents are seeking entertaining but productive ways
for their children to spend summer break. The Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is hosting numerous science-based activities and events for students.
"During the summer it is important to keep children educationally entertained and active," said Kevin Claridge, director
of DEP's Florida Coastal Office. "Rookery Bay's Environmental Learning
Center provides educational, fun and affordable opportunities for
students to help bridge the learning gap while they're out of the classroom."
include engaging educational lectures, a watercolor exhibit and free admission for several events. The Florida Department of
Environmental Protection encourages students and parents to join us for these
fun-filled educational events. The following activities and events
will be held at the Rookery Bay Research Reserve.
May 29 – September 29
A watercolor exhibit featuring
“Wonders of the Beach and Bay” by artist Linda Soderquist will be on display
throughout summer and early fall.
June 6 – August 1 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
The aquariums, interactive exhibits,
walking trails and art gallery will be open. A food vendor will be on-site to
sell lunch. The theme varies weekly.
- June 6: Water
- June 13: Oysters
- June 20: Mangroves
- June 27: Birds
- July 11: Water
- July 18: Oysters
- July 25: Mangroves
- August 1: Birds
*Children free when accompanied by a paying adult.
World Oceans Day
Monday, June 9
World Oceans Day is recognized
internally in an effort to encourage individuals to think about what the ocean
means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it
for present and future generations. In celebration of World Oceans Day, the
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy one, get one free
Coral Reef Awareness
Tuesday, July 15
Florida is the only state in the
continental United States to have extensive shallow coral reef formations near
its coasts. During Coral Reef Awareness Week, the Rookery Bay Environmental
Learning Center offers buy one, get one free admission.
Smokey the Bear's Birthday
Friday, August 8
Smokey the Bear reminds us of the
danger of forest fires and how we can do our part to prevent them. Take the day to learn about Rookery Bay’s prescribed fire program and how this program helps
prevent uncontrolled forest fires. In celebration of Smokey Bear’s birthday,
the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers buy one, get one free
For more information about Rookery Bay click HERE.
Admission to the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 (unless otherwise noted).