ANERR Stewardship Classes 2019

Stewardship Series Classes

Winter-Spring 2019

January

Oyster Ecology | Thursday, January 17th 1:00pm-4:00pm

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves! Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, we will go to the lab and look at the oyster bar inhabitants first hand. Registration is required, and the cost is $25 per person. Visit https://anerroysters101.eventbrite.com to register. The class will meet at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

February

Apalachicola Bay Estuary Class | Friday, February 15th, 12:30pm-4:00pm.

Join us to explore the estuary we depend on! Learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The class meets at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. The class is $25.00. Please register in advance, tickets available on https://anerrestuaryclass.eventbrite.com/ For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

 Bay Friendly Landscaping | Thursday, February 28th, 1:00pm-3:30pm

Our yards are part of a larger, grander ecosystem. Participants in the class will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low-maintenance, bay-conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint. The class is free, but please register: Tickets available on https://anerrbayfriendly.eventbrite.com For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

March

Apalachicola River and Floodplain Class | Friday, March 15th, 12:30pm-4:00pm. The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay”. Participants will learn all about the ecology, culture, and history surrounding the Apalachicola River, as well as come to appreciate its importance in modern Florida. After the lecture portion of the class, we will embark on a river journey aboard the Reserve research vessel Henry Lee to get an up-close look at some of the fantastic floodplain. Tickets for the class are $25 and must be purchased in advance. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint. Register online at https://ANERRriverclass.eventbrite.com For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

Bay Friendly Landscaping | Friday, March 29th, 1:00pm-3:30pm

Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the class will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low-maintenance, luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales. Participants can also get their own rain barrel that they can take home. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint. The class is free, but rain barrels are $25.00 per barrel and must be ordered one week in advance. Tickets available on https://anerrbayfriendly.eventbrite.com For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

April

Oyster Ecology | Thursday, April 4th 1:00pm-4:00pm

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves!. Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, participants will get the chance to walk along an oyster bar and look at its inhabitants under a microscope. Registration is required, and the cost is $25 per person. Visit   https://anerroysters101.eventbrite.com to register. The class will meet at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

Apalachicola Bay Estuary Class | Friday, April 12th, 12:30pm-4:00pm

Do you know what an estuary is and why it is so vital to our economy and way of life? Join us to explore the estuary we depend on. Learn about the habitats and creatures that make up our estuary and how the river and bay are intricately connected. We will see these habitats up close aboard the Reserve’s research vessel the Henry Lee. The class will be based out of the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. The class is $25.00. Please register in advance, tickets available on https://anerrestuaryclass.eventbrite.com/ For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

Bay Friendly Landscaping Friday, April 26th, 1:00pm-3:30pm

Yard design and maintenance can have a big effect on adjacent water bodies. Participants in the class will learn about resources to help them transform their yard into a low-maintenance, luscious bay conscious landscape. The class will also feature innovative Green Infrastructure techniques such as rain gardens and bio-swales. Participants can also get their own rain barrel that they can take home. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint. The class is free, but rain barrels are $25.00 per barrel and must be ordered one week in advance. Tickets available on https://anerrbayfriendly.eventbrite.com For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

May

Seagrass Exploration | Thursday, May 9th 1:00-4:00 pm

Cool off this summer and learn about the important role seagrass plays in our environment and the creatures that thrive in this dynamic habitat. We will start at the St Joseph Buffer Preserve for a quick overview, then head out to Cape San Blas. Here you can immerse yourself in the vibrant seagrass ecosystem with a guided snorkeling tour of the crystal-clear seagrass beds in St. Joseph Bay. Find out what you can do at home and on vacation to help further seagrass conservation. This adult-level class covers the basics of life in a seagrass bed, as well as the intricate ties between organisms, and important conservation and protection efforts in our area. Registration is required and is $25 per person. Register at https://anerrseagrassclass.eventbrite.com Participants are responsible for bringing their own snorkeling gear, water bottle, towel and change of clothes. For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

Apalachicola River and Floodplain Class | Friday, May 17, 12:30pm-4:00pm

The Apalachicola River has been called “the Lifeblood of the Bay”. Participants will learn all about the ecology, culture, and history surrounding the Apalachicola River, as well as come to appreciate its importance in modern Florida. After the lecture portion of the class we will embark on a river journey aboard the Reserve research vessel Henry Lee to get an up-close look at some of the fantastic floodplain ecosystems and historic Apalachicola River distributaries. Tickets for the class are $25 and must be purchased in advance. The class will be held at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive in Eastpoint. Register online at https://ANERRriverclass.eventbrite.com For more information contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.

Oyster Ecology | Friday, May 31st 1:00pm-4:00pm

Learn about Apalachicola Bay’s famous bivalves! Discover what makes the bay so ideal for growing oysters, what gives our oysters their distinct flavor, and how oyster bars benefit the ecosystem. After spending some time in the classroom, participants will get the chance to walk along an oyster bar and look at its inhabitants under a microscope. Registration is required, and the cost is $25 per person. Visit   https://anerroysters101.eventbrite.com to register. The class will meet at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, 108 Island Drive, Eastpoint. For more information, contact Anita Grove at (850) 670-7708 or by email Anita.Grove@dep.state.fl.us.