The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (C’mon) have jointly announced a new partnership that will infuse a marine science component into the exciting line-up of educational programs offered to students and visitors of Naples’ newest cultural institution.
Through the partnership, educators from Rookery Bay Reserve will provide presentations to museum guests Science Saturday events such as the one that took place at the museum on Saturday, August 25. Led by a Rookery Bay Reserve educator, students served as junior scientists while learning about sharks from the inside out, with hands-on activities, tactile learning tools and research clipboards that mimic the ones used in actual shark research underway in the reserve.
“This partnership will enable our educators to reach a broader segment of the community with messages about the value and importance of the marine environment,” said Reserve Assistant Manager Randy McCormick. Rookery Bay Reserve educators will be on hand for C’mon’s after-school programs in October, as well as other Science Saturday events being scheduled for the winter season.
“We are thrilled to have Rookery Bay Reserve as a partner in this capacity,” said Dave Imbrogno, C’mon Transition Director. “Their shark program was a big hit with our junior scientists. By partnering with state and local scientists, our children will be better equipped to understand the wonders of Southwest Florida’s environment.”
Some of the other partners participating in C’mon’s Science Saturday programming include J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge, the Conservancy of Southwest Florida and Big Cypress National Preserve.
The Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is Collier County’s first learning environment devoted exclusively to child’s play, the serious business of discovery that helps children attain hallmark milestones on the journey into adulthood. C’mon is a 30,000-square-foot museum for families located in the North Collier Regional Park. Opened to much acclaim in February 2012, the Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples is envisioned to be one of the finest children’s museums in the United States and is fully accessible to all children regardless of their physical or learning abilities. To learn more about C’mon, visit www.cmon.org.
Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve protects 110,000 acres of coastal lands and waters between Naples and Everglades National Park on the Gulf Coast of Florida. It is managed by Florida DEP in cooperation with NOAA. For more information on the Reserve, visit www.rookerybay.org or depnet.dep.state.fl.us/cama/