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Kids Free Friday

Location

Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center
300 Tower Road
Naples, FL 34113
(239) 417-6310

Date and Time

  • June 2014
    • Fri, Jun 6, 10 am - 2 pm
    • Fri, Jun 13, 10 am - 2 pm
    • Fri, Jun 20, 10 am - 2 pm
    • Fri, Jun 27, 10 am - 2 pm
  • July 2014
    • Fri, Jul 11, 10 am - 2 pm
    • Fri, Jul 18, 10 am - 2 pm
    • Fri, Jul 25, 10 am - 2 pm
  • August 2014
    • Fri, Aug 1, 10 am - 2 pm

Description

This summer education program provides FREE admission for children ages 12 and younger who are accompanied by an adult ($5). Educators will present a different topic each week, see schedule below. Lunch will be available for purchase from 11 am - 1 pm.

Weekly Theme

June 6 and July 11: Water

Let's begin building a Rookery! We will have to start with water, the most important part of this habitat. When fresh water and salt water mix together, they form a special kind of water called brackish water. Join us for experiments on salinity and an exploration into the world of plankton during this opening week of Kid's Free Friday.

June 13 and July 18: Oysters

Now that we have the water in our estuary, let's add some very important filter feeders! Oysters filter the water and provide great hiding places for small crabs in the estuary. This week we will learn all about oysters and their importance in the estuary.

June 20 and July 25: Mangroves

What beautiful oyster beds we have in our brackish water of the estuary! Now the mangrove propagules (seeds) can grow big and strong on the oyster beds to create mangrove islands. Little fish love the roots of the Red Mangrove tree that grow down into the water like a cage. Learn with us this week about Mangrove trees in the estuary!

June 27 and Aug 1: Birds

The mangrove islands formed on top of the oyster beds in our estuary provide a great place to nest and rest for birds... we call this a Rookery! Congratulations! We have made a Rookery and now the birds have a safe place to raise their babies and sleep for the night.

Special Activities

  • 10:00 - 10:45 am: Story Time (auditorium)
  • 11 - 11:45 am: Lab Demonstration (auditorium)
  • 11 am - 1 pm: Box Lunches for Sale
  • 12:00 - 12:45 pm: Story Time (auditorium)
  • 1 - 1:45 pm: Lab Demonstration (auditorium)
  • 2 - 2:45 pm; Feature Film (auditorium)

Ongoing Activities (10 am - 2 pm):

  • Touch Tank
  • Kid's Crafts
  • Laboratory Tours

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Last updated: June 04, 2014

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