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Coast Guard Safe Boating Classes Offered

The Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 13-3, Big Pine Key, is offering a Boating Skills and Seamanship class beginning January 19th thru February 4th, 2016. It is a three week program, two (2) nights per week from 7:00 to 9:30 P.M. It will be held at Venture Out – Ships Store Second Floor
701 Spanish Main Drive Cudjoe Key Florida.

The cost of the program is $55 per person (materials included) and $80 per couple with shared materials.

Topics include: Which Boat is for You, Required Boat Equipment, Operator Responsibilities, Rules of the Road, Handling Your Boat, Highway Signs, Orientation to Nautical Charts, Weather, A Look at the Coast Guard Auxiliary, Navigational Tools & Techniques, Navigation Exercise, Trailering, Boating Safety, Your Boat’s Radio, a Search and Rescue (SAR) Exercise, Florida Law, Hands on Knot Tying and a guest speaker from the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary.

For more information, visit Our Web Site a0701303.wow.uscgaux.info and select “Boating Safety Classes”
To sign up: CONTACT: Diane Adam 305-872-4071 auxclassreg@yahoo.com
Bob Eichholtz 305-872-7505 auxbob@bellsouth.net

FREE FISH ID CLASSES – BECOME A REEF CITIZEN SCIENTIST!

Learn how to ID Caribbean fish species by joining Allison & Carlos Estape at REEF Headquarters (MM 98.3, Key Largo) at 7 pm on the last Thursday of each month. Different fish species are reviewed each month to build your ID skills. Fill in a REEF Volunteer Fish Survey during your next dive/snorkel trip and become a citizen scientist by submitting your sightings to REEF’s Global Fish Survey Database. Visit www.100fishid.com & www.REEF.org to learn more.

Classes start at 7 pm at REEF HQ (MM 98.3) on the last Thursday of each month.
Upcoming classes: January 28th, February 25th, March 31st, April 28th, May 26th, June 30th

For more information, contact Allison Estape at 305 794 5081.

Check out the Friends in Focus Schedule – December Thru March in Marathon

www.sanctuaryfriends.org

Ocean Life Series – free admission

Sponsored by FIU and the Friends of the Key Largo Cultural Center, the last event of the Ocean Life Series for the season, Living with Coastal Hazards, will be offered FREE to the public. On Friday, July 19th at the Murray Nelson Government & Cultural Center at 7 p.m., Dr. Stephen Leatherman will discuss major research focus and storm impact on coastal areas. Hurricane and storm surge flooding will be key in the discussion. Social Meet and Greet at 6 p.m. More information (305)396-7000.
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19th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Located at Bahia Honda State Park

Date: April 12, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Description:

Bahia Honda State Park is having its 19th Annual Earth Day Celebration on April 12, 2014 from 9AM – 2PM. There will be live music, food and activities including: face painting, fish printing and a sand sculpture contest. We’ll also have environmental exhibits and booths, a marine life touch tank and children’s activities. For more information, please call the Bahia Honda Sand and Sea Nature Center at (305) 872-9807. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Fees: Free with park admission

Contact: (305) 872-9807

Directions:

•Bahia Honda State Park is located in the Florida Keys 12 miles south of Marathon on U.S. Highway 1 at Mile Marker 36.8, ocean side.

Bahia Honda State Park 2nd Annual Sport Lobster Season Mini-Event

Date: July 23, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Description:

At the Bahia Honda Boat Ramp

Get information about lobstering, fishing, diving and boating.

Spin the Rainbow Wheel of Knowledge to win a prize!

Tour a U.S. Coast Guard vessel, Free Vessel Safety Checks

View local environmental booths.

*Additional information will be added when it becomes available*

Fees: Free with park admission

Contact: (305) 872-9807

Directions:

•Bahia Honda State Park is located in the Florida Keys 12 miles south of Marathon on U.S. Highway 1 at Mile Marker 36.8, ocean side.

REEF Announces Summer Lionfish Derbies and Workshops

Reef Lionfish Collection

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Sanctuary 27-Hole Golf Tournament

Come join the fun on June 22
Come join the fun on June 22

Come join the fun on June 22

Ocean Life Series May 17th

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Ocean Life Series
Friday, May 17th
6 p.m. Meet & Greet
7 p.m. Lecture
at the Nelson Government Center, mile marker 102
WaterSCAPES: Exploring Coastal Wetlands, motivated by NASA’s Science Mission, asks: How is the Earth changing and what are the consequences? Dr. Fernando Miralles-Wihelm will discuss wetland ecosystems of the Everglades and the Biosphere in Mexico.
Information: linda@fklcc.orgOL Miralles Flyer web(2)

FKNMS – SAC Upcoming Working Groups/Events May and June

Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
May 2
Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training
May 11, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Marathon Government Center
Emergency Operations Center
Want to become a Monroe County volunteer trained to assist emergency responders during major pollution incidents? Then sign up for this day-long training class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Monroe County Emergency Management. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.To register or for more information, contact keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 888-470-5566 ext. 4.

Discovery Saturday: Humongous Hurricanes
May 18, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
35 East Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play hurricane bingo, dance to the movement of a hurricane, and make a weather plane.Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
May 21
Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
May 22
Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
May 23
Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group Meeting
June 11
Shallow Water Wildlife and Habitat Protection Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group Meeting
June 12
Coral Reef Ecosystem Restoration Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group Meeting
June 13
Ecosystem Protection: Ecological Reserves, Preservation Areas and Wildlife Protection Working Group
Marathon Garden Club

Discovery Saturday: Guard the Fort
June 15, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center
35 East Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040

Kids in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to join the free, fun-filled Discovery Saturday at the Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Play games and make crafts while learning about the rich history of the Florida Keys and Ft. Jefferson’s role in the Civil War. Discovery Saturday is held the third Saturday of every month. For more information, call 305-809-4750.

Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Training
June 15, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Harvey Government Center
Want to become a Monroe County volunteer trained to assist emergency responders during major pollution incidents? Then sign up for this day-long training class sponsored by the U.S. Coast Guard, Coast Guard Auxiliary and Monroe County Emergency Management. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course. To register or for more information, contact keys.volunteers@yahoo.com or 888-470-5566 ext. 4.