Lunch & Learn Lecture
Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
Date and Time
- Tue, Nov 4, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Dec 2, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Jan 6, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Feb 3, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Mar 3, noon - 1 pm
- Tue, Apr 7, noon - 1 pm
Rookery Bay hosts a lunch lecture series from October through April, with speakers discussing environmental
or local cultural topics. Lunch and dessert provided by Carrabba’s and Costco.
The lecture is free for members and $10 for non-members and
includes admission to the Environmental Learning Center.
Reservations are strongly recommended.
- Tue, Nov 4, 2014, noon - 1 pm
Florida History Through the Eyes of Florida Authors
Betty Jean Steinshouer, a literary historian and actress who portrays various authors in costume and character,
will bring to life three authors who put Florida on the map. First will be Harriet Beecher Stowe, who came to
North Florida in 1866, right after the Civil War, trying to "bind up the wounds of the nation," after the
assassination of her beloved President, Abraham Lincoln. Act Two will be Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, arriving at
a place in the road called Cross Creek in 1928, falling in love with the interior of the Sunshine State. And
finally, the audience will meet Marjory Stoneman Douglas, who wrote that bestseller, in her efforts to save the
Everglades, becoming the first to coin the term, River of Grass, as she titled her 1947 book for the Rivers of
America series. Steinshouer will spend about 15 minutes in character as each author, and then answer questions
from the audience. Betty Jean Steinshouer has degrees in Speech Communication and English, touring 43 states
- Tue, Dec 2, 2014, noon - 1 pm
Nature's Dozen: Key Moments in Florida's Environmental History
In this talk, University of Florida environmental historian Jack Davis offers a brief survey of Florida history -
from the pre-Spanish period to the present - through the lens of the human relationship with the natural environment.
Davis maintains that humans have not been lone players in their past. Nature too has the capacity to shape course of
human history, and perhaps no other state outside of Florida offers a better example of nature's history-shaping power.
Jack E. Davis is a professor of environmental history and sustainability studies at the University of Florida.
- Tue, Jan 6, 2015, noon - 1 pm
The Everglades Queen and Other Tales of Old Florida
From John Ashley's gun moll to Carl Tanzler's not-so-magnificent obsession, the men and women of old Florida are some
of the most colorful characters ever to grace the pages of history books. Join master storyteller Caren Neile as she makes
history come alive in these dramatic interpretations of Florida folly and fortune. Caren Neile, Ph.D., has taught
storytelling studies at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton since 2000. As a professional storyteller, she has
performed and lectured throughout the country and abroad, including as a Fulbright Senior Specialist in Austria and Israel.
- Tue, Feb 3, 2015, noon - 1 pm
The Scent of Scandal: Inside the Wild World of Orchid Smugglers
Truly one of the weirdest "weird Florida" stories ever, the discovery of a spectacular new orchid from South America leads
to black market sales in Miami at a price of $10,000 a plant and a grand jury investigation. A look at the bizarre world of
orchid smuggling, which resulted in a Florida scientific institution -- and tourist attraction - being charged with violating
federal law. Presented by Craig Pittman reporter for the Tampa Bay Times.
- Tue, Mar 3, 2015, noon - 1 pm
Florida Since 1945- A Whole New World
On the eve of World War II, Florida had the smallest population of any state in the South. Today, Florida has just passed New
York to become the 3rd largest state in population. Steven Noll is a Master Lecturer in the Department of History at the
University of Florida. His work focuses on Florida history, environmental history, and the history of disability. His latest
book, co-authored with Dr. Dave Tegeder, Ditch of Dreams: The Cross Florida Barge Canal & the Struggle for Florida's Future,
won various awards for Florida history. He has won numerous teaching awards, including being named by the Princeton Review as
one of the 300 best professors in America.
- Tue, Apr 7, 2015, noon - 1 pm
Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary project: Managing Freshwater Inflow to the Estuary
The Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary project includes more than a dozen project elements all aimed at understanding and managing
the health of the Rookery Bay Estuary through modeling, mapping, historic and current data analysis comparisons, including input
from the community. An overview of the project was shared at the Lunch & Learn series last year, and Tabitha Stadler is back this
session to report on newly released data related to freshwater inflow to the estuary. The timing, quality and quantity of
freshwater that enters the estuary is important to maintain the salinity balance that sustains estuarine life. The data that will
be shared includes results of a hydrologic model of both historic and current conditions within the watershed and how that water is
potentially effecting the estuary today. This comparison can provide management options for improving the overall health of the
Rookery Bay Estuary.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve
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