Dec. 2 (noon to 1 p.m.)
Nature's Dozen: Key Moments in Florida's Environmental History
In this talk, University of Florida environmental historian Jack Davis offers a brief survey of Florida history--from the pre-Spanish period to the present--through the lens of the human relationship with the natural environment. Davis maintains that humans have not been lone players in their past. Nature too has the capacity to shape course of human history, and perhaps no other state outside of Florida offers a better example of nature's history-shaping power. Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.

Leaves rustle on a light breeze in harmony with twittering songbirds. A mullet splashes in a brackish bay nearby. Slivers of sunlight dapple the leafy ground. Ah, the sights and sounds of southwest Florida.
Explore the local environment through almost 40-guided field trips to 20 wildlife hot spots around Southwest Florida and lectures at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center. Field trips, including birding walks, buggy rides and boat tours, are offered in conjunction with partners such as Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, Big Cypress National Preserve, and Conservancy of Southwest Florida. The Nature Festival is fun for all ages! Field trip costs and individual ability to participate will vary. Dates: Jan. 16-18, 2015. Pre-registration for field trips is required at rookerybay.org.

November 22, 2014 22 (8 to 10 a.m.)
Enjoy a 3k kayak along Henderson Creek and a 4k trail run at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center to benefit the Friends of Rookery Bay. All participants will receive a t-shirt, post-race refreshments and free admission to the Environmental Learning Center. Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each category: men, women, relays and tandem kayakers. Registration is limited to 70 people and opens Sept. 26 at rookerybay.org. Fees are $40 for individuals and $70 for relay teams. Kayak rentals are available for a separate fee. The race is sponsored by Up A Creek Kayak Tours, Friends of Rookery Bay and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Registration is limited to first 70 entries at rookerybay.org

Nov. 15 (9am - 4pm)
In celebration of America Recycles Day, the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center offers “buy one, get one free admission.” Higher price prevails. Cannot be combined with other offers.

Nov. 6 - Jan. 22
Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the “9th Annual Juried Painting Exhibition” from Nov. 6th through Jan. 22, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, work with a central theme of landscape was suggested to the artists but not required. Most of the works are for sale. The juror is Richard Mueller, Professor of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Nov. 6 (5:30 - 7 p.m.)
Friends of Rookery Bay and the United Arts Council of Collier County present the “9th Annual Juried Painting Exhibition” from Nov. 6 through Jan. 22, with works submitted by artists from Collier and Lee counties. Following Rookery Bay’s environmental mission, work with a central theme of landscape was suggested to the artists but not required. Most of the works are for sale. The juror is Richard Mueller, Professor of Art, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. The Opening Reception will feature wine and light hors d’oeuvres. Admission is $3 for the public and free for participating artists and their guest as well as members of the United Arts Council and the Friends of Rookery Bay. Reservations are strongly recommended, as space is limited: rookerybay.org.

November 4, 2014
Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors
Betty Jean Steinshouer, a literary historian and actress who portrays various authors in costume and character, will bring to life three authors who put Florida on the map. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to North Florida in 1866, right after the Civil War, trying to “bind up the wounds of the nation,” after the assassination of her beloved President, Abraham Lincoln. Act Two will be Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, arriving at a place in the road called Cross Creek in 1928, falling in love with the interior of the Sunshine State. And finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who wrote that bestseller, in her efforts to save the Everglades, becoming the first to coin the term, River of Grass, as she titled her 1947 book for the Rivers of America series. Steinshouer will spend about 15 minutes in character as each author, and then answer questions from the audience. Betty Jean Steinshouer has degrees in Speech Communication and English, touring 43 states since 1988. Advanced registration is required at rookerybay.org.

Come on over Wednesday Nov. 5th. Check out Judy Wittwer's shell art.
At The Artist's Gallery at The Esplanade.
5:30 -7pm
Refreshments will be served!

People come from all over the world to Marco Island Florida to vacation, work or retire and enjoy the beautiful crescent beach, water sports, fishing, shopping and of course the ever popular restaurants. A recent review of the Collier County Property Assessor’s website shows that islanders come from all 50 states with the majority coming from the Midwest and Northeast. Home owners come from at least 15 foreign countries with Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom representing the biggest groups. About 15% of the island’s condos are occupied year round and the rest are seasonal getaways. Trip Advisor travelers voted Marco Island the number one island in the US and number four in the world in 2014.

Many first time visitors discover and get a taste of Marco during a business or a vacation trip at one of the resort hotels or as guests visiting their friends or relatives. After spending a few days or a weekend on the Island they return year after year to rent for a week or a month and then after a few years of wonderful fun in the sun decide to buy a residence.

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