January Events

Jan. 4 (8 a.m. – 12 p.m.)

Wing It! A Beginning Birder Workshop

Learn 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 $30 for non-members and $25 for members. The class is limited to 20 people.


Jan. 6-10 (8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.)

Art Class: Acrylic Landscape & Seascape

Learn how to paint favorite scenes and landscapes and to create fantastic skies, gorgeous ocean scenes, trees, mountains and more during this five-day class. Using her book “Landscapes in Acrylic” as a guide, Lee Hammond will demonstrate easy methods for students at all ability levels; no experience required. During Hammond’s class last year, students went home with four paintings ready for framing. Hammond has been a professional artist and art instructor for more than 30 years. She has published more than 35 art instruction books. Supplies are not included. Cost is $375. Maximum class size is 9 people.


Jan. 7 (noon to 1 p.m.)

Lunch & Learn Lecture

“Restoring the Flow to the Rookery Bay Estuary – Connecting Science and People for Long-term Community Benefit” given by Tabitha Whalen Stadler, Research Specialist and Project Coordinator for the Restoring the Rookery Bay Estuary Science Collaborative Project at Rookery Bay Reserve. Learn about the plants and animals affected by altered freshwater flows, and what you and the community can do to boost the health of the Rookery Bay Estuary. Lunch and dessert provided by Carrabba’s and Costco. Lectures are free for members and $10 for non-members.


Jan. 24 (5:30 to 7 p.m.)

Amazing Adventures Lecture

“Everything I Ever Needed to Know, I Learned from Elephants: Trails Guiding in the Kruger National Park, South Africa” given by Brian Kelly, Trails Guide in and around Kruger National Park in South Africa. The Amazing Adventures monthly lecture series runs from January through March and brings many corners of the world to our auditorium screen. Narrated by a local naturalist, researcher or explorer, these audio/visual presentations provide destination ideas, natural histories, and travel tips and insights to ignite the travel bug in us all. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for refreshments, the speaker’s presentation is 6 to 7 p.m. followed by questions and mingling. Admission is free for members and $10 for non-members and includes refreshments.

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