Calendar of 2015 Events

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  • January

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    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center features The Sinking World Exhibition
    November 25, 2014 - March 24, 2015
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    This FREE exhibit features surreal montages by artist Andreas Franke which draw the viewer into the world of shipwrecks found in Florida's waters by seamlessly interposing real underwater shots of the ships with people enacting both elegant and everyday moments from bygone eras. Each piece was further enhanced by nature's 'patina,' as algae, barnacles, and other sea creatures were allowed to settle on the artwork while it was on display -- underwater -- on the very ships featured in the scenes: the U.S.S. Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S.S. Mohawk, off Sanibel Island, Florida. This is the first time artwork from the Mohawk is on display in the Florida Keys.

    More information about this exhibition or the artwork of Andreas Franke, visit http://www.thesinkingworld.com.

     

    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    January 3 and 4, 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. For two students sharing materials the fee is $75. 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

     

    Earthquakes and Tsunamis: Impacts on the Florida Keys
    January 7, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Earthquakes and other geologic events provide a balance in nature. Bill Cottrill, with the National Weather Service office in Key West, will examine how these occur and will investigate how they might, and have had, an effect on the Florida Keys. This free talk is open to the public.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    January 12 through January 29 (3 week course, 2 nights a week)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Venture Out (2nd Floor Lounge above the Ship's Store)
    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:
    Diane Adam at 305-872-4071 or auxclassreg@yahoo.com
    Bob Eichholtz at 305-872-7505 or auxbob@bellsouth.net

     

    Sanctuary Seminar Series
    January 13 - February 17
    Tuesday evenings
    6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    33 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    Registration is required for this six-week Florida Keys Community College (FKCC) course. For more information, contact the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at 305-809-4750. To register for the course, contact the FKCC Community Education Department at 305-809-3185. The tuition fee is $19 for all six lectures and the course number is 20703.

     

    Conservation of Rare Butterflies in the Florida Keys
    January 14, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Chad Anderson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist, will report on research and management methods to protect butterflies in the most southern part of Florida, where the highest density of rare butterflies found in the U.S. exists.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Celebrating 25 Years of Protecting Paradise
    January 16
    6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
    7:00 p.m. Lecture
    Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center
    102050 Overseas Highway (MM 102)
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    This ​presentation by Sanctuary Superintendent Sean Morton is part of the Florida International University (FIU) Ocean Life Series. Free and open to the public, the series is hosted by FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.

    For more information, contact Linda Kaplan at linda@fklcc.org or (305) 396-7000.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Fashion a Fish
    January 17, 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 a game of Which Fish Am I? Discover how some fish swim faster than others, and see why many fish have stripes and spots. Make a colorful mask to take home. Space is limited, so please call to register.

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

     

    Florida Keys Seafood Festival
    January 17, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    January 18, 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 10th 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.

     

    Herons on the Flats: Contrasting the Habitats of Two Species in the Lower Keys
    January 21, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Large, mixed-species flocks of wading birds can be seen feeding in the shallow waters of the Florida Keys. Dr. Dale Gawlik, Director of the Environmental Science Program at Florida Atlantic University, will contrast the ways in which several species of herons use the flats and are affected by changing water levels and other components of their environment.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    ​Key Largo Stone Crab and Seafood Festival
    January 2​4​, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    January 2​5​, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Rowell’s Marina Property
    ​104550 Overseas Highway (mile marker 104.5, bayside)
    Key Largo, FL

    Visit the sanctuary booth at the family friendly ​6​th 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.​ Admission: $5 per person (over 12 years of age). ​

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

     

    The Sooty Terns of the Dry Tortugas
    January 28, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Professor Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Chair of Conservation at Duke University, will discuss the tens of thousands of terns that nest noisily on Bush Key for several months. His talk will include where they go when they leave in mid-June, which was unknown until only recently.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

  • February

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    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center features The Sinking World Exhibition
    November 25, 2014 - March 24, 2015
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    This FREE exhibit features surreal montages by artist Andreas Franke which draw the viewer into the world of shipwrecks found in Florida's waters by seamlessly interposing real underwater shots of the ships with people enacting both elegant and everyday moments from bygone eras. Each piece was further enhanced by nature's 'patina,' as algae, barnacles, and other sea creatures were allowed to settle on the artwork while it was on display -- underwater -- on the very ships featured in the scenes: the U.S.S. Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S.S. Mohawk, off Sanibel Island, Florida. This is the first time artwork from the Mohawk is on display in the Florida Keys.

    More information about this exhibition or the artwork of Andreas Franke, visit http://www.thesinkingworld.com.

     

    Honeybees: European, Africanized, and Natives; How to Create a Native Pollinator Habitat
    February 4, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Different bee species occur in the Florida Keys. The UF/IFAS Monroe County Environmental Horticultural Agent, Kim Gabel, will talk about these species and how we can plant habitat for the native pollinators and protect our homes from the unwanted species.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    REEF Winter Lionfish Round-Up
    February ​7​
    ​Postcard Inn at Holiday Isle
    84001 Oversease Hwy
    Islamorada, FL​ 33036​

    Reef Environmental Education Foundation hosts the 201​5​ Winter Lionfish Round-Up with a mandatory Captain’s meeting on February ​6​ 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 ​at REEF or by calling 305-852-0030.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, ​February 7 and Saturday, ​February 14
    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07
    ​​​Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040​

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07, 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 $25 per person.

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

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    February 10 - February 26, (3 week course on Tuesdays & Thursdays)
    6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    Marathon Senior Center
    33rd Street Gulf
    Marathon, FL 33050

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-02 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 and participants must be registered by February 9 to attend.

    For more information, contact Dottie Mattern at dmatt103@bellsouth.net or 305-731-7148.

     

    Why Sharks Matter
    February 11, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    David Schiffman, PhD. student at the University of Miami, will present the ecological and economic importance of sharks, threats which they face, and how you can help.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    February 17
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Islander Resort and Conference Center
    82100 Overseas Highway
    Mile Marker 82.1 Oceanside
    Islamorada, FL 33036

     

    A Spiny Lobster's Life in the Florida Keys
    February 18, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Spiny lobsters live a fascinating life that many do not know about. Gabby Renchen, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Biologist, will explain the lobster’s undersea world, including their life cycle, habitat, interactions with predators, and fisheries.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    Literature of the Seas: Energy Commodities and Conservation
    February 20
    6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
    7:00 p.m. Lecture
    Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center
    Mile Marker 102
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    This lecture, by Dr. Heidi Scott, is part of the Florida International University (FIU) Ocean Life Series. Free and open to the public, the series is hosted by FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    Discovery Saturday: Jammin' Jellies
    February 21, 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. Learn all about jellies - how they move, what they eat and who eats them! Make a jelly in a bottle activity, and craft a jelly to take home.

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

     

    Upper Keys Rotary Gigantic Nautical Market
    February 2​1​, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    February 2​2​, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Founders Park
    Mile Marker 87
    Islamorada, FL 33036

    Visit the sanctuary​ ​booth at the family friendly ​20​th 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 21 and Sunday, ​February 22
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    S​ilver Shores 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 per couple and participants must be registered to attend.

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

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Monday, February 23 – Wednesday, March 11 (3 week course on Mondays and Wednesdays)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Sugarloaf Volunteer Fire Department
    17175 Overseas Highway
    Sugarloaf Key, FL

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03 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 $80 per couple and participants must be registered by February 22 to attend.

    To register, please email auxclassreg@yahoo.com or call 305-872-4071; or email auxbob@bellsouth.net or call 305-872-7505.

     

    A History and Development of the Reef Mooring Buoy System
    February 25, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    John Halas, long-time Keys’ resident, retired Upper Region Manager of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and biologist, developed a mooring system to protect our coral reefs from careless boat anchoring. He will report on his work, which has become state-of- the-art for environmental moorings world-wide, and which he continues to do to this day.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

  • March

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    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center features The Sinking World Exhibition
    November 25, 2014 - March 24, 2015
    Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040

    This FREE exhibit features surreal montages by artist Andreas Franke which draw the viewer into the world of shipwrecks found in Florida's waters by seamlessly interposing real underwater shots of the ships with people enacting both elegant and everyday moments from bygone eras. Each piece was further enhanced by nature's 'patina,' as algae, barnacles, and other sea creatures were allowed to settle on the artwork while it was on display -- underwater -- on the very ships featured in the scenes: the U.S.S. Gen. Hoyt S. Vandenberg, located in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, and the U.S.S. Mohawk, off Sanibel Island, Florida. This is the first time artwork from the Mohawk is on display in the Florida Keys.

    More information about this exhibition or the artwork of Andreas Franke, visit http://www.thesinkingworld.com.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Monday, February 23 – Wednesday, March 11 (3 week course on Mondays and Wednesdays)
    7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03
    Sugarloaf Volunteer Fire Department
    17175 Overseas Highway
    Sugarloaf Key, FL

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-03, 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 $80 per couple and participants must be registered by February 22 to attend.

    To register, please email auxclassreg@yahoo.com or call 305-872-4071; or email auxbob@bellsouth.net or call 305-872-7505.

     

    Native Plant Landscape Alternatives to Replace Common Non-Native Landscape Plants
    March 4, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Janice Duquesnel, Florida Park Service Biologist, will discuss native landscape plants that Florida Keys’ residents can use as desirable alternatives to some of the more common, and often invasive, non-native species of landscape plants.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    March 7 and 8, 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. For two students sharing materials the fee is $75. 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

     

    Water Quality Protection Program Steering Committee Meeting
    March 11, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Water Quality Protection Program
    Marathon Government Center
    2798 Overseas Hwy, 2nd Floor
    Marathon, Florida

    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.

     

    Jellyfish in a Changing Ocean
    March 11, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    102601 Overseas Highway (MM 102.5)
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Jellyfish population explosions have become a concern worldwide. Dr. Vicki Martin, North Carolina State University, will describe jellyfish biology, especially with regards to her work on their sophisticated eyes and the role of vision in their behaviors. Factors that regulate their life cycle will also be discussed.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    Original Marathon Seafood Festival
    March ​14​, 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
    March ​15​, 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.

     

    Nature Got it Right: Everyday Choices for Home and Body Care
    March 18, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Candace White, educational online content developer and local mother, will tell us about natural alternatives to everyday household chemicals, which will reduce our chemical body burden and lighten our footprint in the Keys (and elsewhere, too).

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    Law of the Sea: Energy, Overfishing, and Pollution
    March 20
    6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
    7:00 p.m. Lecture
    Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center
    Mile Marker 102
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    This lecture by Ryan Stoa, J.D., is part of the Florida International University (FIU) Ocean Life Series. Free and open to the public, the series is hosted by FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.

    For more information, contact Linda Kaplan at linda@fklcc.org or (305) 396-7000.

     

    Discovery Saturday
    March 21, 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.

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

     

    Native Plant Day (An Earth Day Event)
    March 21, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    John Pennekamp State Park
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Come visit the sanctuary's educational booth at this event. The park plans to give away a limited number of native plants to residents of the Upper Keys. For more information, call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, ​March 21 and Sunday, ​March 22
    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 or $70 per couple and participants must be registered to attend.

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

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, March 21 and Sunday, March 22
    9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    Marathon Senior Center
    33rd Street Gulf
    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 and participants must be registered by March 20 to attend.

    For more information, contact Dottie Mattern at dmatt103@bellsouth.net or 305-731-7148.

     

    The Past, Present, and Future Effects of Ocean Invaders: Insights form Exotic Species on South Florida's Coral Reefs
    March 25, 7:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park
    Visitor Ctr & Aquarium Bldg
    Mile Marker 102.5
    Key Largo, FL 33037

    Dr. Stephanie Green, Oregon State University Research Fellow, will provide an inside look into the history of invasive sea species in South Florida, their effects on our local environment, and the novel ways local groups are tackling the problem.

    Park gate opens at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. Bring a cushion for your added seating comfort. For more information, call the Pennekamp Visitor Center & Aquarium at 305-451-9570.

  • April

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    6th Annual Florida Keys Ocean Fest​ival​ and Waterfront Craft Show
    April 4
    8:00 a.m. 5K "Race for the Reef"
    11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Festival & Craft Show
    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 6th Annual Florida Keys Ocean Fest​ival​​ and Waterfront Craft Show! ​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. Sponsored by Mote Marine Laboratory.

    For more information or to register for the 5K run, visit ​http://keysoceanfest.org/.

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, April 4 and Saturday, ​April 11
    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07
    ​​​Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040​

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07 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 $25 per person.

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

     

    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    April 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. For two students sharing materials the fee is $75. 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

     

    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, ​April 18 and Sunday, ​April 19
    9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-08
    ​Key Largo Library
    ​101485 Overseas Highway, Tradewinds Shopping Center
    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 per couple and participants must be registered to attend.

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

     

    Aquaponics: Sustainable Agriculture in the Florida Keys
    April 17, 2015
    6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
    7:00 p.m. Lecture
    Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center
    Mile Marker 102
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    This lecture by Dr. Bill Irwin is part of the Florida International University (FIU) Ocean Life Series. Free and open to the public, the series is hosted by FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.

    For more information, contact Linda Kaplan at linda@fklcc.org or (305) 396-7000.

     

    Discovery Saturday
    April 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.

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

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    April 21
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    The Westin Key West Resort and Marina
    245 Front Street
    Key West, FL 33040

    20th Annual Earth Day Celebration
    April 25, 2015
    9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
    Bahia Honda State Park
    36850 Overseas Highway
    Big Pine Key, FL 33043

    Face painting, a sand sculpture contest and games will delight the kids. Create a fish print wall hanging or bring your own t-shirt or tote bag to print. There will also be environmental exhibits and a marine life touch tank. There will also be live music, food and fun for the whole family.

    For more information, visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-events/Bahia-Honda?page=4

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    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    May 2 and 3, 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. For two students sharing materials the fee is $75. 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

     

    To Live and Work Beneath the Sea: Aquarius
    May 15
    6:00 p.m. Meet and Greet
    7:00 p.m. Lecture
    Murray E. Nelson Government and Cultural Center
    Mile Marker 102
    Key Largo, Florida 33037

    This lecture by Tom Potts is part of the Florida International University (FIU) Ocean Life Series. Free and open to the public, the series is hosted by FIU's School of Environment, Arts and Society and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center.

    For more information, contact Linda Kaplan at linda@fklcc.org or (305) 396-7000.

     

    Discovery Saturday
    May 16, 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.

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

     

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    U.S. Power Squadron America's Boating Course®
    June 6 and 7, 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. For two students sharing materials the fee is $75. 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

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    June 16
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Marathon Government Center
    2978 Overseas Highway
    2nd Floor
    Marathon, FL 33050

     

    Discovery Saturday
    June 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.

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

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    Discovery Saturday
    July 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.

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

     

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    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, August 1 and Saturday, ​August 8
    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07
    ​​​Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040​

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07, 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 $25 per person.

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

     

    Discovery Saturday
    August 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.

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

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    August 18
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Marathon Government Center
    2978 Overseas Highway
    2nd Floor
    Marathon, FL 33050

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    Discovery Saturday
    September 19, 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.

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

     

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    US Coast Guard Auxiliary Boating Skills & Seamanship Course
    Saturday, October 3 and Saturday, October 10
    9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07
    ​​​Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
    35 East Quay Road
    Key West, FL 33040​

    Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-07 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 $25 per person.

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

     

    Discovery Saturday
    October 17, 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.

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

     

    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    October 20
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Meeting location, time, and draft agenda TBD

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    Discovery Saturday
    November 21, 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.

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

     

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    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meeting
    December 8
    Sanctuary Advisory Council Meetings and Announcements
    Meeting location, time, and draft agenda TBD

     

    Discovery Saturday
    December 19, 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.

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