This naturalist-led small boat adventure takes place in the evening and is often (but not always) around the time of the full moon. Guests will visit a remote section of Keewaydin Island, renowned for its shell-strewn beaches and pastel sunsets. Stroll along and enjoy beachcombing until the magical moment when the sun sinks into the Gulf. As darkness gradually enfolds you, begin the leisurely return cruise through the back bays of the reserve, becoming immersed in the sights, sounds and sensations of night in a mangrove-forested estuary. If the tide permits, you will ease by the rookery island where hundreds of herons, egrets and ibis gather for the night. This tour lasts approximately 3 hours, and participants must have the physical ability to step down onto, and up from, the boat at a dock. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.
$90 non-members, $80 members, Feb. 1 - Feb 3, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Marco Island, Florida’s Gulf Playground author Michael Coleman will be speaking about the island’s storied history during a presentation/book signing from 7-9 pm at the Marco Island Museum, Rose History Auditorium, Jan. 31, 2015.

It’s the only time Coleman and his editorial team of eight local writers and photographers will meet to sign books.

Coleman’s presentation: "An Opening Day To Remember: The Birth of Modern Marco Island'' will occur exactly 50 years to the day modern Marco Island opened its doors to the world. Rare “Opening Day’’ images/promotional materials will be shown as part of Coleman’s presentation.

Marco Island, Florida's Gulf Playground chronicles the transformation of Marco from an alligator-infested swamp to America’s No. 1 island travel destination. The compelling 110-page editorial and photographic narrative has just been published in celebration of the modern era’s 50th birthday in 2015.

We have re-opened! New Management, Friendly staff, Same Location.

We will be starting our 'Ladies 8-ball Billiards Tournament Friday, Jan. 9th at 8pm. Registration starts at 7:30.

We also have an on going Co-Ed Tournament Wednesday Night, Same time. Every week we have same as well as new faces. So come on in!

5 Pool Tables, 20 beers on tap, Full bar, Great Bar Food and Friendly Competition.

Feb. 27 (5:30-7:00 Doors open at 5:00 p.m.) - The Amazing Adventures monthly lecture series runs from January through March and brings many corners of the world to our auditorium screen. Narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer, these audio/visual presentations provide destination ideas, natural histories, and travel tips and insights to ignite the travel bug in us all. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. for refreshments, the speaker’s presentation is 5:30 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and mingling. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments. Lecture title: “Getting to the Roof of Africa” given by: Scott Sherman. Lecture description: World traveler and Biomedical Engineer Scott Sherman presents his adventure of climbing the highest volcano in Africa: Kilimanjaro. The talk includes the planning, preparation, training, travel and successful completion of the trek. Over 20,000 people attempt to summit this mountain annually and only about half of them actually make it. Relive the experience with Scott and learn what lessons can be learned from undertaking such a grand adventure. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.

Feb. 23 – 27 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) - Learn how to accurately draw “anything” during this five-day drawing class. Using her best-selling book “Lifelike Drawing in Color,” as a guide, Lee Hammond will share her drawing secrets for drawing anything in colored pencil. Students will learn how to accurately depict a variety of subjects from still life, animals, flowers, scenery and more. No experience required. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Cost is $375. Maximum class size is 14 people. Registration required at rookerybay.org.

Feb. 14 (8 a.m. - 12 p.m.) - Learn basics of birding, including how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. This class also provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other “tricks of the trade.” The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills. Cost is $30 for non-members and $25 for members. The class is limited to 20 people and pre-registration is required online at rookerybay.org.

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