During our season, presentations about shells or related nature topics are made by qualified experts, who show visuals and often display some of their "finds". They bring a breadth of knowledge and experience, so a question and answer session follows their program. Refreshments are served and there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker and other attendees. The presentations are free and the public is always welcome.

These seminars begin at 6:00 p.m. and are  held  in January, February, and March in Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island.

The following seminars are planned:

January 9, 2020-Florida Master Naturalist, Tony Mauriello, will be speaking to our group about Shelling, Beachcombing and more! He will be happy to answer questions as well as inform us in depth about shelling and beachcombing along the Florida Gulf Coast. He currently leads nature tours at Lovers Key State Park, Koreshan State Park and Barefoot Beach Preserve. Tony participates in Florida Master Naturalist Program and is on the Board of the Lee County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

February 6, 2020--LET'S GO GREEN AND KEEP OUR PARADISE CLEAN-Capt. Meaghan Blackman and Capt. Carlos Escarra  will share their  knowledge of Florida's uplands, wetlands and saltwater coastal systems.  They serve as  co-chairs of the Clean Water Committee for the Marco Patriots. Native to southwest Florida, Capt. Blackman is a Coastal Florida Master Naturalist. She is also a US Coast Guard 25 Ton Master Captain, Certified Wilderness First Aid Responder, a member of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism and an Advanced Shell Ambassador for Bailey’s National Shell Museum. Capt Escarra is a US Coast Guard Master Captain ,  a Certified Wilderness First Aid Responder, Coastal Florida Master Naturalist, and a member of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism.  

March 5, 2020--DISCOVER ROOKERY BAY--Speakers -- Jeannine Windsor and Savannah Lawson.

This presentation is an introduction to the mission and efforts of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Just over 30 staff members work hard to protect, manage, and monitor the 110,000 acres of estuarine landscape, which makes up roughly 40% of the Collier County coastline. RBNERR sustains its efforts through federal, state, and non-profit funding as well as countless hours donated by over 300 local volunteers.

Jeannine Windsor

A native to SWFL, raised in Bonita Springs. Jeannine earned her undergrad at Florida Gulf Coast University in Environmental Studies and is currently part of FGCU’s Water School pursuing her Masters in Science Communication. Jeannine has been with Rookery Bay Reserve’s Education department for just over 5 years, running field experiences for middle school students. She has also taken on the role of Outreach Coordinator, spreading awareness of RBNERR’s mission and promoting stewardship of our local estuaries. 

Savannah Lawson

Originally from Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, Savannah studied Earth Science and Invertebrate Paleontology at Smith College before working for numerous conservation groups, most recently the Massachusetts Audubon Society. Just over a year ago her passion for marine science education brought her  to Naples to take her current position at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve teaching marine science programs to high school and college students.