Monday, September 15, 2014

Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve: Estuaries Day Celebration


Join in the celebration of Estuaries Day at the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) on Friday, September 26th, from 1:30-6:00 pm (EST) in Eastpoint, Florida. Activities will include dozens of free educational (and fun!activities for kids of all ages including animal touch tanksscavenger hunts and lots of gamesThere will also be demonstrations about soft shell crabs, kid’s fishing and local wildlife.

Adults can learn how to make a rain barreltour the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve’s LEED Certified facility, and view the new temporary exhibit in the visitors center, Changing SeasDr. Dean Grubbs with FSU, recently seen on Shark Week, to talk about the critically endangered small-tooth sawfish. Research staff will also have an exhibit on creatures who prey on oysters in Apalachicola Bay. Learn about the World-wide Water Monitoring project and how what you do at your house can have an impact on the bay through the Enviro Scapegame. There will also be information on how to vent fish and participating in tarpon tagging.

Visitors will be able to interact with researchers and volunteers from the Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve, St. Joseph Bay State Buffer Preserve, St. Vincent National Wildlife Refuge, University of Florida Franklin County Extension Office/Sea Grant office, the Environmental Cooperative Science Center (FAMU), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and the Florida Wild Mammal Association.

The first 600 people will get a free Estuaries Day t-shirtThere will also be door prizes adults can win. Children must be accompanied by an adult and make sure to enter from the parking lot off 108 Island Drive.  

For more information contact the Apalachicola National Research Reserve at (850) 670-7700.