Sanctuary Seminar Sheds Light on Lighthouse, Lobsters, and Undersea Lab

January 2016

Fort Jefferson. View of Dry Tortugas National Park from historic Fort Jefferson. Photo Courtesy Kelly Clark, National Park Service. Click for high resolution image

Become enlighted about Loggerhead Key Lighthouse and explore an undersea lab in this winter’s “Sanctuary Seminar” series, which also features talks on lobsters, canal restoration efforts and the status of Florida Bay. In honor of the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, Dry Tortugas National Park experts will share plans to relight historic Loggerhead Key Lighthouse and stabilize Civil-War era Fort Jefferson.

Hear it straight from the experts in this non-credit, six-week course offered by the Florida Keys Community College and hosted by Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary. Sessions are held in the theatre at Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center in Key West on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., January 19 to February 23.

Class Schedule:

A Lobster’s Life in the Florida Keys
Tom Matthews, Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation Commission Fish and Wildlife Research Institute
January 19, 2016

Aquarius-the World’s Inner Space Station
Tom Potts, Florida International University Aquarius Reef Base
January 26, 2016

Florida Bay: Life and Death of a Turtle Grass in Changing Seas
Chris Kavanagh, National Park Service Florida Bay Interagency Science Center
February 2, 2016

Re-Lighting Loggerhead Key Lighthouse
Glenn Simpson, Dry Tortugas National Park
February 9, 2016

Bringing Keys Canals Back To Life: Restoring Water Quality
Rhonda Haag, Monroe County
February 16, 2016

Stabilizing Historic Fort Jefferson
Kelly Clark, Dry Tortugas National Park
February 23, 2016

To register for the course, contact the FKCC Community Education Department at 305-809-3185. For more information, contact the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center at 305-809-4750. The tuition fee is $20 for all six lectures and the course number is 20945.