The Friends of Rookery Bay today celebrated a $10,000 donation from the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation for the restoration of a mullet skiff used in high school education programs provided by Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Reps from the Foundation, together with marine science students and faculty from Lely High School, Reserve staff and other partners, “unveiled” the restored boat. It was just outfitted with a new motor and a Guy Harvey-designed hull wrap before taking it out on the water for an education program.
In 2013, Harvey served as the Honorary Chair for the Friends of Rookery Bay’s annual fundraiser, the Batfish Bash for the Bay.
“We are so pleased about our partnership with Guy Harvey,” said Craig Seibert, Friends of Rookery Bay president, adding “this donation will help secure our ability to educate the future leaders of our community.”
“We are thrilled to be able to continue our support of the Friends of Rookery Bay with this donation and boat wrap,” noted Harvey. “Getting these students actively engaged out on the water is key to fostering the next user group and future stewards of our marine resources.”
The Friends of Rookery Bay is the Citizen Support Organization for the Reserve, which has been providing boat-based marine science classes for Collier County students for more than 25 years. The students who participated in the boat unveiling also have been working on film projects all year in partnership with the Reserve and Discovery Education. They shared their productions during the 2nd Annual Marine Science Student Film Premiere on Wednesday, April 30, at the Rookery Bay Environmental Learning Center.
For more information about Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, visit www.rookerybay.org.