Natural Resources Events

The Natural Resources Program uses Eventbrite.com to organize event registration. Most events are free, but registration is requested so that the agent can prepare materials for all attending.

You can bookmark or visit Shannon's eventbrite page at www.PolkNR.eventbrite.com

January

Florida Arbor Day
Third Friday in January

Winter Haven Arbor Day event: Click for the Flier
Friday, January 15: 5-7 pm
Winter Haven's Downtown Central Park

Florida celebrates Arbor Day earlier than the rest of the country due to our hot weather in late April. Join us Friday night for a free tree and free lessons on how to plant and care for it. Experts will be on hand to recommend the best tree for YOUR yard and answer any questions you may have. Complimentary Arbor Day trees will be given to the first 200 participating households.

RSVP: http://bit.ly/PolkNRevents

Central Florida Air Potato MegaRaid: Click for the Flier
Saturday, January 23: 9 am-12 pm
Street Audubon Center, Winter Haven

Volunteer Now: http://bit.ly/airpotato16
Other locations are available around Polk and Osceola Counties, please register for the location you would like to volunteer at.

If interested in the Winter Haven location and have questions? Contact me: 863-519-1051

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February

Heartland CISMA Annual Invasive Species Workshop

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March

Living at the Lakes
Dates vary, three-class seminar

'Living at the Lake' is a free workshop series that will include an in depth look into our lakes, watersheds and drainage patterns, water quality, stormwater management and aquatic life (both plant and animal). Each session addresses different issues relating to living near a lake. Everyone's actions have a direct impact on the water quality of local lakes; so whether you live on a lake or just want to learn more about our beautiful lakes, this workshop is for you!

For more registration questions, contact LE/AD at (863) 221-5323 or lakeseducation@hotmail.com

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April

Earth Day
April 22

Bok Tower Night Hike (2016)
Friday, April 22: 7 - 9:00 PM

Unravel the mysteries of nighttime sights and sounds as you discover the Gardens after the sun goes down. Watch for nocturnal animals, the glow of spider eyes and more while listening to the creatures of the night.

We will be hiking without flashlights but don't worry; we'll have the moon to guide us. This tour is appropriate for all levels of hiking experience but participants should be comfortable walking on uneven terrain. Please bring any medical emergency supplies that may be needed on an outdoor adventure, such as Epi-pens, with you.

Closed-toe shoes are required and sneakers or light hiking boots are recommended. Please dress with the weather in mind, the entire event takes place outdoors.

Cost: $5 per person
Adults and Children ages 10 and up
Reservations are required, please call: 863-734-1222

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May

Watershed Ecology Kayak Tour
Dates vary
Events are typically held once monthly May - September

'Living at the Lake' is a free workshop series that will include an in depth look into our lakes, watersheds and drainage patterns, water quality, stormwater management and aquatic life (both plant and animal). Each session addresses different issues relating to living near a lake. Everyone's actions have a direct impact on the water quality of local lakes; so whether you live on a lake or just want to learn more about our beautiful lakes, this workshop is for you!

For more registration questions, contact LE/AD at (863) 221-5323 or lakeseducation@hotmail.com

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June

Watershed Ecology Kayak Tour
Dates vary
Events are typically held once monthly May - September

Sustainable Floridianssm
See event page for more info: Click here

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July

July: Lakes Appreciation Month
Local Lake Appreciation Events: More information coming soon

Watershed Ecology Kayak Tour
Dates vary
Events are typically held once monthly May - September

Sustainable Floridianssm
See event page for more info: Click here

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August

Watershed Ecology Kayak Tour
Dates vary
Events are typically held once monthly May - September

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar
Topic: Invasive Reptiles
August 19, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Each webinar, 45 minutes in length, will share information about a species or group of species found in Central Florida. The goal of these webinars is to share information, dispel wildlife myths, and spark discussion about habitat restoration, wildland/urban interface issues, and keeping wildlife wild.

REGISTER NOW: www.PolkNR.Evenbrite.com
Watch Later: Visit my Webinar page

 

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September

Watershed Ecology Kayak Tour
Dates vary
Events are typically held once monthly May - September

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar
Topic: Florida Black Bears
September 16, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Each webinar, 45 minutes in length, will share information about a species or group of species found in Central Florida. The goal of these webinars is to share information, dispel wildlife myths, and spark discussion about habitat restoration, wildland/urban interface issues, and keeping wildlife wild.

REGISTER NOW: www.PolkNR.Evenbrite.com
Watch Later: Visit my Webinar page

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October

Fascinating Bats at Bok Tower Gardens
October 24: 1 pm

Learn all about the mysterious flying mammal, the bat, with Shannon Carnevale, UF/IFAS Natural Resources & Conservation Agent. Making up one of the largest orders of mammals, bats are often synonymous with scary movies, but are one of the most important pollinators in the world.

Cost: $10 per participant.
Reservations required at 863.734.1222.

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar
Topic: Bats in Florida
October 21, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Each webinar, 45 minutes in length, will share information about a species or group of species found in Central Florida. The goal of these webinars is to share information, dispel wildlife myths, and spark discussion about habitat restoration, wildland/urban interface issues, and keeping wildlife wild.

REGISTER NOW: www.PolkNR.Evenbrite.com
Watch Later: Visit my Webinar page

 

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November

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar
Topic: Snakes of Florida
November 18, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Each webinar, 45 minutes in length, will share information about a species or group of species found in Central Florida. The goal of these webinars is to share information, dispel wildlife myths, and spark discussion about habitat restoration, wildland/urban interface issues, and keeping wildlife wild.

REGISTER NOW: www.PolkNR.Evenbrite.com
Watch Later: Visit my Webinar page

 

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December

Wildlife Wednesday Webinar
Topic: Coyotes
November 18, 12:15 PM - 1:00 PM

Each webinar, 45 minutes in length, will share information about a species or group of species found in Central Florida. The goal of these webinars is to share information, dispel wildlife myths, and spark discussion about habitat restoration, wildland/urban interface issues, and keeping wildlife wild.

REGISTER NOW: www.PolkNR.Evenbrite.com
Watch Later: Visit my Webinar page

Aquatic Species Identification and Management Workshop
In Partnership with Heartland CISMA

December 2, 9:00 am - 3:30pm

 Join us on December 2nd to learn the newest information on aquatic species management and for a hands-on field tour where you'll learn identification skills.

Who Should Attend: land managers, biologists, lake managers, natural resources professionals, municipal natural resources staff, etc.

REGISTER NOW: www.PolkNR.Evenbrite.com

 

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For more information, visit the associated hyperlink in the event description. If you have additional questions, please contact me via email or by phone at the information listed to the right of your screen.

Contact Information

Shannon Carnevale
Extension Agent
Natural Resources and Conservation
UF/IFAS Polk County
Extension Service
PO Box 9005, Drawer HS03
1702 Hwy 17 South
Bartow, FL 33831-9005

(863) 519-1051
FAX (863) 534-0001  scarnevale@ufl.edu

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Disclaimer

Events are updated as frequently as possible.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change.

For the most recent information, please check the "For More Information" link when provided.

In the event of changes or a cancellation, all registered attendees will be contacted as early as possible. For this reason, we ask that you provide a reliable phone number or email address at the time of registration.