Calendar of 2014 Events

Archive: 2013 Events

  • January

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    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    January 4 and 5, starting at 8:30 a.m.
    Key West Sail and Power Squadron Building
    5205 College Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Key West Sail and Power Squadron will be offering the America’s Boating Course to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper boat handling skills including boat handling and elementary seamanship, boat registration, equipment, regulations and safe operation, aids to navigation, charting, and weather, navigation rules, marine radios, and trailer boating, and Florida boating rules and regulations. A $55 fee is charged to cover course expenses. Instruction is given by certified volunteers from the Key West Sail & Power Squadron. It runs for six two hour sessions with a proctored exam during the last session. After passing the exam, students have completed State of Florida requirements as well as requirements of most other states. The course is open to everyone, from teenagers upwards.

    For more information call Tim Bergin at 305-304-7247 or tsbergin@aol.com

    Pre-register at  http://www.usps.org/cgi-bin-nat/eddept/getregform.cgi?B-14192

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    January 14 - 30 (3 week course on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
    5:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-02
    Marathon Senior Center
    33rd Street
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-02, Marathon, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person. For more information, please refer to the course flyer.

    To register, please contact Dottie Mattern at (305)731-7148 or at dmatt103@bellsouth.net.

     

    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center features works by Tropical Botanic Artists
    January 15 – March 26
    Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    This FREE special art exhibition by the Tropical Botanic Artists features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the south Florida tropical wetlands now known as the Florida everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Early botanists braved the biting insects, large reptiles, and poisonous plants that made this unique ecosystem one of the country’s last frontiers of botanical exploration to document these species and discover how plants were used by wetland's native peoples.

    For more information on Tropical Botanic Artists or this exhibition, visit www.tropicalbotanicartists.com, or contact Kathleen Konicek-Moran at konmor@comcast.net or Susan Cumins at 305-447-1400 or scumins@bellsouth.net.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Super Sharks
    January 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Florida Keys Seafood Festival
    January 18, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    January 19, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Bayview Park
    Truman Avenue and Jose Marti Drive
    Key West, FL

    Visit the sanctuary booth at the family friendly 9th Annual Florida Keys Seafood Festival. The event is sponsored by the Florida Keys Commercial Fishermen’s Association to showcase the great local seafood harvested by the commercial fishermen of the Keys, to provide scholarships to college bound children of commercial fishermen, and to celebrate the community by bringing families and friends together.

    For more information, visit Florida Keys Seafood Festival.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    January 21 - February 6 (3 week course on Tuesdays and Thursdays)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Venture Out
    701 Spanish Main Drive
    Cudjoe Key, FL

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $80 per couple with shared materials. For more information, please visit U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 and select “Boating Safety Classes” from the list on the left hand side of the screen.

    For registration, please contact: Phil “Doc” Stern at (305)453-6492 or at USCGAUXClassReg@gmail.com, or Bob Eichholtz at 305-872-7505 or at auxbob@bellsouth.net.

     

    Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival
    January 25, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    January 26, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Rowell’s Marina Property
    Mile Marker 104.5, bayside
    Key Largo, FL

    Visit the sanctuary booth at the family friendly 5th Annual Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival. The event was created by the Key Largo Merchants Association to highlight what makes Key Largo unique – fresh seafood, clear waters, unique arts and crafts, and music. The festival hosts cooking demos, fishing demos, a kids fishing tournament, key lime pie eating contests, shrimp eating contests, live music, magic shows, and a kids play area.

    For more information, visit Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, January 25 and Sunday, January 26
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    Silver Shores community clubhouse
    Mile Marker 96, oceanside
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $45 per person or $70 for couples with shared materials.

    To register, please contact Jim Marcotte at jamestmarcotte@gmail.com or at 850-291-6895.

  • February

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    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center features works by Tropical Botanic Artists
    February 1 – March 26
    Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    This FREE special art exhibition by the Tropical Botanic Artists features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the south Florida tropical wetlands now known as the Florida everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Early botanists braved the biting insects, large reptiles, and poisonous plants that made this unique ecosystem one of the country’s last frontiers of botanical exploration to document these species and discover how plants were used by wetland's native peoples.

    For more information on Tropical Botanic Artists or this exhibition, visit www.tropicalbotanicartists.com, or contact Kathleen Konicek-Moran at konmor@comcast.net or Susan Cumins at 305-447-1400 or scumins@bellsouth.net.

     

    Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee Meeting
    February 12, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Water Quality Protection Program
    Marathon Government Center
    2798 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 50
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The agenda will include the wastewater updates, updates from the Canal Restoration Advisory Committee and monitoring updates from the water quality, seagrass and coral programs.

     

    REEF Winter Lionfish Round-Up
    February 13
    Sharkey’s Pub and Galley
    522 Caribbean Drive
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Reef Environmental Education Foundation hosts the 2014 Winter Lionfish Round-Up with a mandatory Captain’s meeting on February 12 at 6:30 pm at REEF Headquarters in Key Largo.  The non-native lionfish’s voracious appetite, rapid growth and reproduction, and lack of predators can cause trouble for local reef fish. Get more information and register on the REEF website or by calling 305-852-0030.

     

    Discovery Saturday: H2O Olympics
    February 15, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    February 18, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Double Tree Grand Key Resort
    3990 S. Roosevelt Boulevard
    Key West, FL 33040

    Watch an archived stream of the meeting by clicking here: http://keysnews.com/sanctuaryadvisorycouncil

    Draft Agenda (pdf, 16 kb)

     

    Upper Keys Rotary Gigantic Nautical Market
    February 22, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    February 23, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Founders Park
    Mile Marker 87
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    Visit the sanctuary at booth 218 at the family friendly 19th Annual Upper Keys Rotary Gigantic Nautical Market. The event is a super place to get great bargains on boating fishing, diving, and nautical themed gear. The event raises money for college scholarships for Upper Keys youth.

    For more information, visit Upper Keys Rotary Gigantic Nautical Market.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    History of Diving Museum
    82990 Overseas Highway
    Mile Marker 83, bayside
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $45 per person.

    To register, please contact Jim Marcotte at jamestmarcotte@gmail.com or at 850-291-6895.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    February 24 - March 12 (3 week course on Mondays and Wednesdays)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Sugarloaf Fire Department
    17175 Overseas Highway
    Sugarloaf Key, FL

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include: Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $80 per couple with shared materials. For more information, please visit U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 and select “Boating Safety Classes” from the list on the left hand side of the screen.

    For registration, please contact: Dale Gittings at 262-872-0432 or at USCGAUXClassRegs@gmail.com, or Bob Eichholtz at 305-872-7505 or at auxbob@bellsouth.net.

  • March

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    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center features works by Tropical Botanic Artists
    March 1 – March 26
    Tuesday – Saturday 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    This FREE special art exhibition by the Tropical Botanic Artists features 28 original portraits of plants discovered in the south Florida tropical wetlands now known as the Florida everglades by botanists in the 19th and 20th centuries. Early botanists braved the biting insects, large reptiles, and poisonous plants that made this unique ecosystem one of the country’s last frontiers of botanical exploration to document these species and discover how plants were used by wetland's native peoples.

    For more information on Tropical Botanic Artists or this exhibition, visit www.tropicalbotanicartists.com, or contact Kathleen Konicek-Moran at konmor@comcast.net or Susan Cumins at 305-447-1400 or scumins@bellsouth.net.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    March 1 and March 8
    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-01
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-01, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $30 if sharing text book.

    For information or registration, please contact: Kathy Braud at 305-304-7170 or at captkbro@yahoo.com.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    February 24 - March 12 (3 week course on Mondays and Wednesdays)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Sugarloaf Fire Department
    17175 Overseas Highway
    Sugarloaf Key, FL

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include: Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $80 per couple with shared materials. For more information, please visit U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 and select “Boating Safety Classes” from the list on the left hand side of the screen.

    For registration, please contact: Dale Gittings at 262-872-0432 or at USCGAUXClassRegs@gmail.com, or Bob Eichholtz at 305-872-7505 or at auxbob@bellsouth.net.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    Thursday March 6 and Friday March 7
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050
    Topics: Reconvene, meet the facilitator, review the agency "screen and remove" outcomes, review the scientific and socio-economic data available, and begin to work with the data (Dry Tortugas region)

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Original Marathon Seafood Festival
    March 8, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    March 9, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    38th Annual Original Marathon Seafood Festival
    Marathon Community Park
    200 36th Street
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Be sure to stop by the sanctuary education booth while you’re enjoying the fresh seafood, cold beverages and live entertainment of one of the largest annual events in the Florida Keys. Admission is $5. Kids under 10 are free.

    For more information, visit www.marathonseafoodfestival.com or call 800-262-7284

     

    Discovery Saturday: Secrets of the Seagrass
    March 15, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    Tuesday March 25 and Wednesday March 26
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Hilton Key Largo Resort
    97000 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037
    Topics: Discuss and make ecosystem protection recommendations for the Upper Keys Region

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Ocean Festival and Waterfront Craft Show
    March 29
    11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Come celebrate the spectacular ocean ecosystem of the Florida Keys at the 5th Annual Mote Marine Laboratory Florida Keys Ocean Festival! Learn about marine conservation and restoration efforts in a fun family environment including a free kid’s fishing seminar, marine touch tanks, arts & crafts, food, and live music.  Admission is free.

    For more information, visit www.keysoceanfest.org

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, March 29 and Sunday, March 30
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    Key Largo Library Conference Room
    Tradewinds Shopping Center
    101485 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $45 per person.

    To register, please contact Jim Marcotte at jamestmarcotte@gmail.com or at 850-291-6895.

  • April

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    Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park Native Plant Day
    April 5, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 102.5 Oceanside
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    Environmental agencies and organizations will have exhibits and booths. The park will be giving away native plants to residents of the Upper Keys and Janice Duquesnel, Florida Park Service Biologist, will present on drought and salt tolerant plants. For more information call 305-451-1202 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/pennekamp/events.cfm.

     

    19th Annual Bahia Honda State Park Earth Day
    April 12, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    Bahia Honda State Park
    36850 Overseas Highway
    Big Pine Key, Florida 33043

    There will be live music, food and activities including: face painting, fish printing and a sand sculpture contest. There will also be environmental exhibits and booths, a marine life touch tank and children’s activities. For more information, please call the Bahia Honda Sand and Sea Nature Center at 305-872-9807 or visit http://www.floridastateparks.org/bahiahonda/events.cfm.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    April 15, 9:00 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Islander Resort and Conference Center
    Mile Marker 82.1 Oceanside
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    Watch a live stream of the meeting by clicking here: http://keysnews.com/sanctuaryadvisorycouncil

    Draft Agenda (pdf, 16 kb)

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    Thursday April 17 and Friday April 18
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Marathon Garden Club
    5270 Overseas Highway
    Marathon, FL 33050
    Topics: Discuss and make ecosystem protection recommendations for the Middle Keys Region

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Footprints on the Earth
    April 19, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, April 26 and Sunday, April 27
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    History of Diving Museum
    82990 Overseas Highway
    Islamorada, FL 33050
    Mile Marker 83, bayside

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $45 per person.

    To register, please contact Jim Marcotte at jamestmarcotte@gmail.com or at 850-291-6895.

  • May

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    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    May 3 and May 10
    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-01
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-01, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigational Exercises, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio and a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Environmental Concerns in the Florida Keys and Hands on Knot Tying. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person, materials included, and $30 if sharing text book.

    For information or registration, please contact: Kathy Braud at 305-304-7170 or at captkbro@yahoo.com.

     

    Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Sea Turtle Stranding & Salvage Workshop
    May 7, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    The workshop will provide training for volunteers who would like to be involved with the sea turtle stranding and salvage program for the Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission. Training includes species identification and proper data recording procedures. Once trained, volunteers may be called on to respond to stranded or injured sea turtles. The class is open to anyone over the age of 18 years interested in volunteering.

    The workshop is open to the public, however advance registration is recommended. Please contact Sue Schaf at 305-289-2330 or 561-262-1707 or sue.schaf@myfwc.com

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    Tuesday May 13 and Wednesday May 14
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040
    Topics: Discuss and make ecosystem protection recommendations for the Lower Keys Region

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Whales and Dolphins
    May 17, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Maritime Heritage Presentation: The Hannah M. Bell
    May 19, 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    Key Largo Library
    Tradewinds Shopping Center, Mile Marker 101.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    NOAA’s Office of National Marine Sanctuaries and the National Association of Black Scuba Divers’ Diving With a Purpose program will present a collaborative research project on the shipwreck known locally as Mike’s Wreck, confirmed in 2012 to be the steamship Hannah M. Bell. Launched from England in 1893, the Hannah M. Bell was nearly lost twice in the vicinity of southern Florida before finally running aground on Elbow Reef off of Key Largo in 1911.

  • June

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    World Oceans Day: Live Underwater Streaming Video
    June 8, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
    Sand Key Reef- approximately 7.5 miles SW of Key West 

    Florida Keys Ocean in Motion celebrates World Oceans Day with a streaming live video from Sand Key reef. Dive down and make your promise to keep our oceans clean and healthy. Be creative- write it on a slate, a t-shirt, or make a banner and dive or swim in front of the camera to make your promise. 

    For more information on the Sand Key live video stream visit http://www.flkeysoceaninmotion.com/home.html and for more information on World Oceans Day visit http://worldoceansday.org/.

     

    World Oceans Day: Film Screening
    June 8, 7:00 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Florida Keys Ocean in Motion celebrates World Oceans Day with a free special screening of the 1991 documentary film "Atlantis" at 7:00 p.m. at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. The film, directed by Luc Besson, documents his love for the sea and explores the various creatures that live in it. Cinematographer Christian Petron and Besson traveled the world to capture the grace and beauty of such amazing creatures as Floridian manatees, Bahamian dolphins, Australian great white sharks, sea snakes in the Seychelles, and many others. There is no voice over narration, rather an Eric Serra score featuring many different genres.

    For more information visit http://www.flkeysoceaninmotion.com/home.html and for more information on World Oceans Day visit http://worldoceansday.org/.

     

    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    Tuesday June 10 and Wednesday June 11
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040
    Topics: Discuss and make ecosystem protection recommendations for the Marquesas Region

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    June 17, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Hawk's Cay
    61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard
    Duck Key, FL 33050

    Watch a live stream of the meeting by clicking here: http://keysnews.com/sanctuaryadvisorycouncil

    Draft Agenda (pdf, 16 kb)

     

    Discovery Saturday: Stormy Weather
    June 21, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) First Responder Operations Level  Training
    June 21, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Marathon Emergency Operations Center
    2798 Overseas Highway, 2nd Floor
    Marathon Government Center 
    Marathon, FL 33050 

    First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures.

    Classes begin at 9:00 AM and end around 4:00 PM for first time attendees.  For those needing their annual recertification, you will complete the course at the lunch break around 12:30 PM.  Certificates will be given at the end of each respective training session. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits will be given. The class is being offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    For more information or to register please contact Phil Goodman at keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 305-600-8441

     

    Satellite EARTH Teacher Workshop
    June 23, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    EARTH (Education and Research: Testing Hypotheses) offers presentations from "real scientists" to teachers. The focus of the presentations revolve around utilizing near real time data. EARTH uses near-real-time data from ocean observatories to design and test outreach with the Internet as an interface to scientists, teachers, students, and the public. EARTH and this workshop are hosted by Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, MBARI.

    Scientists from FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute will present Florida Keys’ research and teachers will collaborate to write lesson plans using this information. Teachers will receive lunch, 6.5 hrs of CEU’s and a stipend upon completion of the lesson. All teachers are welcome to attend regardless of what subject you teach. Pre-registration is required by contacting Elizabeth Eubanks at 561-313-2465 or hoocaca@yahoo.com.

     

    Bahia Honda State Park Shoreline Cleanup
    June 27, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
    Bahia Honda State Park
    Mile Marker 36.8

    Bahia Honda State Park is hosting a kayak and canoe-based cleanup of the north side shoreline that is only accessible by these means. Bring your kayak or canoe, or rent one from the Coral Reef Park Company at the park. The park will provide a boat to haul debris from the cleanup site. A personal flotation device and whistle are required. Clothes and shoes that can get wet and dirty are recommended, as well as sunscreen, hat, drinking water and snacks. Entrance to the park is free for preregistered participants.

    To register and for more information contact Brittany Burtner at 305-872-9807 or Brittany.Burtner@dep.state.fl.us.

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    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
    Tuesday July 8 and Wednesday July 9
    9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040
    Topics: Review all preliminary recommendations for all regions, final discussion, and develop final suite of ecosystem protection recommendations for Sanctuary Advisory Council

    The Sanctuary Advisory Council, working with public and community experts, is developing recommendations for changes to sanctuary marine zones and regulations. Working groups allow the advisory council to gather information from community experts, user groups, and scientists. Members of the public are invited to attend these working group meetings. Opportunities for public comment will be available.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Turtle Nesting Time
    July 19, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Lionfish Safe Collection and Handling Workshop
    July ​22​, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    Reef Environmental Education Foundation​ (REEF)​
    98300 Overseas Highway(in the median)​
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Training workshops are free and cover the history of the lionfish invasion, ecological impacts, and recommended collection, handling and filleting techniques. Completion of a sanctuary-endorsed training is a required to apply for a permit to remove lionfish from Sanctuary Preservation Areas with hand nets.

    ​Registration is required ​at http://www.reef.org/lionfish/workshopregistration

     

    Lobster Information Booth- Key Largo
    July 25 – July 29 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    Mile Marker 106, Key Largo

    Stop by and pick up copies of the rules and pick the brains of FWC enforcement officers and sanctuary staff about new changes to regulations this year. Learn how to properly measure a lobster.

    2014 Regulations for Recreational Harvest and Lobster Information for Monroe County, Florida

     

    Lobster Information Booth- Bahia Honda State Park
    July 29, 9​:00​ a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Mile Marker 36.85​

    Stop by and pick up copies of the rules and get information about lobstering, fishing, diving and boating. There will be games for the kids and local environmental booths too.

    A spiny lobster touch tank will be provided by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission’s Fish and Wildlife Research Institute. Find out how to properly measure a lobster and have your spiny lobster questions answered by research biologists.

    2014 Regulations for Recreational Harvest and Lobster Information for Monroe County, Florida

     

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    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    August 2 and August 9, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-01
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    ​35 East Quay Road
    ​Key West, FL 33040

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-01, Key West, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $55 per person or $30 if sharing text book​. For more information, please refer to the course flyer.

    To register, please contact Kathy Braud at 305-304-7170 or at captkbro@yahoo.com.

     

    HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) First Responder Operations Level  Training
    August 6,  9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    History of Diving Museum
    82990 Overseas Highway
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    First responders at the operations level are individuals who respond to releases or potential releases of hazardous substances as part of the initial response to the site for the purpose of protecting nearby persons, property, or the environment from the effects of the release. They are trained to respond in a defensive fashion without actually trying to stop the release. Their function is to contain the release from a safe distance, keep it from spreading, and prevent exposures.

    Classes begin at 9:00 AM and end around 4:00 PM for first time attendees.  For those needing their annual recertification, you will complete the course at the lunch break around 12:30 PM.  Certificates will be given at the end of each respective training session. Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits will be given. The class is being offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

    For more information or to register please contact Phil Goodman at keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 305-600-8441.

     

    Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee Meeting
    ​August 14, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Water Quality Protection Program 
    Marathon Government Center
    2798 Overseas Highway, Mile Marker 50
    Marathon, FL 33050

    The steering committee of the Water Quality Protection Program (WQPP) meets twice a year, and meetings are open to the public. The WQPP makes recommendations on how to maintain and restore the ideal water quality needed for healthy native plant and animal populations to thrive in sanctuary waters.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Amazing Life on the Reef
    August 16, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    August 19, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Hilton Key Largo Resort
    97000 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Watch a live stream of the meeting by clicking here: http://keysnews.com/sanctuaryadvisorycouncil

    Draft Agenda (pdf, 16 kb)

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, ​ ​August 30​ ​and Sunday, ​ ​August 31
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    History of Diving Museum
    Mile Marker​ 83​,​ Bayside
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class. Topics include nautical highway signs, rules of the road, navigation, course charting, boat handling, equipment, radio ​ ​procedures and other safe boating skills. This is an approved boating safety program which qualifies students, successfully completing the course, to receive the Florida Boating Safety Education ID card. The cost of the program is $45 per person ​ and participants must registered to attend.

    To register, please contact Jim Marcotte at jamestmarcotte@gmail.com or at 850-291-6895.

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    REEF ​Key Largo Lionfish Derby
    September 13
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    102601 Overseas Highway
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Reef Environmental Education Foundation hosts ​their​ ​Key Largo lionfish derby with more than $3,500 in cash and prizes to be awarded for largest, smallest and most lionfish caught. Mandatory captains' meeting will be held the evening before the derby. Rules, registration and more information is available on REEF website or by calling 305-852-0030.

     

    International Coastal Cleanup
    September 2​0

    Marine debris is a threat to marine life and the habitats in which they live not only in the Florida Keys, but around the world. Search for a 29th​ annual International Coastal Cleanup event near you at signuptocleanup.org and join the world’s largest single-day volunteer marine debris cleanup effort.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Our Flying Friends
    September 20, 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival
    September 2​3 ​- 2​8​
    ​16th​ Annual Florida Keys Birding and Wildlife Festival

    Now in its ​16th​ year, the festival offers a variety of programs, field trips, workshops and speakers guaranteed to enthrall nature lovers of all ages. Festival activities span the length of the island chain, from Key Largo to the Dry Tortugas​, and give participants a unique perspective on the terrestrial and marine habitats of this subtropical paradise. Times and locations vary for the different events.

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    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    October 11 and 12, starting at 8:00 a.m.
    Key West Sail and Power Squadron Building
    5205 College Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Key West Sail and Power Squadron will be offering the America’s Boating Course to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper boat handling skills including boat handling and elementary seamanship, boat registration, equipment, regulations and safe operation, aids to navigation, charting, and weather, navigation rules, marine radios, and trailer boating, and Florida boating rules and regulations. A $60 fee is charged to cover course expenses. Instruction is given by certified volunteers from the Key West Sail & Power Squadron. It runs for six two hour sessions with a proctored exam during the last session. After passing the exam, students have completed State of Florida requirements as well as requirements of most other states. The course is open to everyone, from teenagers upwards.

    For more information call Vince Melendy at 305-296-1126 or vmelendy@bellsouth.net

    Pre-register at  Key West Sail & Power Squadron

     

    Discovery Saturday: Wrecked on the Reef
    October 18, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    October 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Hawk's Cay
    61 Hawk's Cay Boulevard
    Duck Key, FL 33050

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    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    November 1 and 2, starting at 8:00 a.m.
    Key West Sail and Power Squadron Building
    5205 College Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Key West Sail and Power Squadron will be offering the America’s Boating Course to promote public awareness of the dangers on the water and to teach safe and proper boat handling skills including boat handling and elementary seamanship, boat registration, equipment, regulations and safe operation, aids to navigation, charting, and weather, navigation rules, marine radios, and trailer boating, and Florida boating rules and regulations. A $60 fee is charged to cover course expenses. Instruction is given by certified volunteers from the Key West Sail & Power Squadron. It runs for six two hour sessions with a proctored exam during the last session. After passing the exam, students have completed State of Florida requirements as well as requirements of most other states. The course is open to everyone, from teenagers upwards.

    For more information call Vince Melendy at 305-296-1126 or vmelendy@bellsouth.net

    Pre-register at  Key West Sail & Power Squadron

     

    Discovery Saturday: Mysterious Manatees
    November 15, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

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    Sanctuary Advisory Council
    December 9, 9:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m.
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Double Tree Grand Key Resort
    3990 S. Roosevelt Boulevard
    Key West, FL 33040

     

    Discovery Saturday: Hidden Creatures of the Keys
    December 20, 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the environment of the Florida Keys and the marine life that live here.

    Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.