Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve has released its schedule of events for March and April, and the Collier County Public Schools Art Show heads the list of art events.
The Collier County Public Schools Art Show features elementary, middle and high school art students who have created 2-dimensional works based on the theme of “Where River Meets Sea.” The project afforded them with the opportunity to learn about estuaries such as Rookery Bay Reserve. The children's subjects and motifs include mangroves, birds, rookeries, beaches, fish, crabs, oysters and seagrass.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place based on artistic knowledge of composition (elements and principles of design), creativity and scientific accuracy to the theme of the show. The awards ceremony takes place from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on April 18. The ceremony is open to the public at no charge.
And for artists who paint or include birds in their compositions, Rookery Bay is presenting a beginner birder workshop that teaches the basics of birding, including how to use field guides, plumage, flight patterns, behavior and field marks in bird identification. This class also provides an overview of binocular styles and functions, including adjusting the diopter and other “tricks of the trade.” The classroom session will be followed by a field trip to a nearby park to practice new skills. Cost is $25 for non-members and $20 for members, but the class is limited to just 20 participants, so pre-registration is required. To reserve your spot, please call 417-6310 x401 or visit rookerybay.org.
The Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center is located at 300 Tower Road. During April, hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday through Saturday. From May 1 through Oct. 31, the center is closed on Saturdays. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages 6-12 and free for members, unless otherwise noted for special activities.