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Junior Lifeguard Camp offered at McLarty Aquatic Center
Posted on 2/24/2017 10:00:00 AM
ROCKLEDGE, FL. – Central Area Parks and Recreation is offering a Junior Lifeguard Camp April 10-14 at McLarty Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd., in Rockledge.
Parks & Rec. to Host Babysitter Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR Camp
Posted on 2/23/2017 10:00:00 AM
ROCKLEDGE, MERRITT ISLAND, FL -- Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area Operations, will offer an American Red Cross Babysitter Training Camp from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 10-14, at Kiwanis Island Park Community Center, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island.
Bat House Program and Workshop offered at Rotary Park, Merritt Island
Posted on 2/22/2017 10:00:00 AM
COCOA, ROCKLEDGE, MERRITT ISLAND, FL. – Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area, is offering a Bat House Seminar and Workshop, a two-day program at Rotary Park, 1899 South Courtenay Parkway, Merritt Island on Friday, March 17 and Sunday, March 19.
Registration now open for Florida Master Naturalist Training
Posted on 2/22/2017 7:27:36 AM
Rockledge, FL - Learning more about Florida’s natural environment now is possible through the Florida Master Naturalist Program (FMNP), an environmental education extension program being offered in partnership with the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF-IFAS) and participating organizations throughout the state. The FMNP both informs and prepares persons to share information about Florida’s natural world and environmental history.
Registration is now open for the Coastal Systems Module being taught at Riverwalk-A Family Park, 5355 U.S. Highway 1, Rockledge. Completion of the 40-hour program results in registration in the UF-IFAS Master Naturalist Program database as a FMNP Coastal Habitats Naturalist. Additional modules will be available in the future, including Freshwater Wetlands and Upland Habitats Systems. Registration for the Coastal Systems Module closes on April 17.
The FMNP is not a degree-seeking program. The program is appropriate for both the novice and the highly skilled environmental professional.
Certified FMNP Provider: Brandon Smith will be the principal instructor.  He has been teaching environmental education for Brevard County Parks and Recreation for over eleven years and oversees Riverwalk-A Family Park, a 6.37 acre nature preserve and center, located at 5355 US Hwy 1 in Rockledge. The park is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9am-5pm. For more information on this and other programs you may call the nature center at (321) 433-4490 or email riverwalk@brevardparks.com.
Course Dates: Friday evenings and Saturday days, April 21 through May 20, 2017. Refer to FMNP Web site, www.MasterNaturalist.org, and click on “Current Course Offerings” for specific class times.
Registration: Can be filled out online by visiting www.MasterNaturalist.org and clicking on the “Current Course Offerings” link.
Cost: $225, which includes 40 contact hours of instruction, a comprehensive student reference workbook, and, upon completion, registration in the UF FMNP database as a Coastal Systems Naturalist. A UF-IFAS certificate of achievement, embroidered FMNP patch, and FMNP Coastal lapel pin also will be provided at completion.  Certified teachers attending the course may be able to receive 40 hours of in-service credit. UF offers a reduced rate for anyone in the same household sharing a set of books.
Program: Training for the Coastal Systems Module includes classroom instruction, field trips, and practical interpretive experience related to the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types, wildlife, and conservation issues of Coastal Systems in Florida, including: Coastal Uplands, Estuarine, and Nearshore Marine Environments. The program also addresses society's role in coastal areas, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and discusses environmental ethics.
Target Audience: Volunteers and staff members of nature centers, preserves, sanctuaries, and other environmental education facilities. Ecotourism operators and guides, teachers seeking opportunities for environmental educational contact hours and anyone who has an enthusiastic interest in learning more about Florida’s environment is encouraged to participate.
For more information about the Coastal Systems Module training or about the FMNP in general, contact the individuals listed above or log on to the official FMNP Web site at www.MasterNaturalist.org.
Open House at Rotary Park Nature Center, Merritt Island
Posted on 2/21/2017 2:19:38 PM
MERRITT ISLAND, FL – Join us on Saturday, April 8 for our annual Open House and Birthday Party for Dora, our Eastern Screech Owl, at the Brevard County Rotary Park Nature Center.  A day of fun is on tap with animal programs, games, scavenger hunt and crafts.
Interpretive Canoe Trip
Posted on 2/21/2017 2:15:00 PM
COCOA, ROCKLEDGE, MERRITT ISLAND, FL – Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area is offering an interpretive canoe trip on Wednesday March 15 through historic Sykes Creek on Merritt Island.  We meet at Kiwanis Island Park at 9:30 a.m. and the trip will conclude around 11:30 a.m.  Bring a bottle of water, wear sunscreen, a hat and shoes that can get wet.
Junior Lifeguard Camp offered at Joe Lee Smith Aquatic Center
Posted on 2/21/2017 1:58:17 PM
Cocoa, FL - Brevard County Parks and Recreation's Central Area Operations is offering a Junior Lifeguard Camp at Joe Lee Smith Aquatic Center located at 419 Washington Street in Cocoa, April 10 -14, 2017.
Babysitter Training and Pediatric First Aid/CPR Camp
Posted on 2/15/2017 9:36:29 AM
Merritt Island, FL - Brevard County Parks and Recreation, Central Area Operations will be offering an American Red Cross Babysitter Training Camp April 10-14 from 9 am – 4 pm at Kiwanis Island Park Community Center located at 951 Kiwanis Island Park Rd., Merritt Island.
2017 Water Safety Instructor Course offered at McLarty Aquatic Center
Posted on 2/15/2017 9:25:03 AM
Rockledge, FL- Central Area Parks and Recreation will be offering a Water Safety Instructor course March 28-April 7 at McLarty Aquatic Center located at 790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955. Course dates and times are as follows:
2017 LIFEGUARD REVIEW COURSE OFFERED AT MCLARTY AQUATIC CENTER IN ROCKLEDGE
Posted on 2/15/2017 9:22:19 AM
Rockledge, FL- Central Area Parks and Recreation will be offering a Lifeguard Review course March 10-11 at McLarty Aquatic Center 790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955. Course dates and times are as follows:
2017 LIFEGUARD COURSE OFFERED AT MCLARTY AQUATIC CENTER IN ROCKLEDGE
Posted on 2/15/2017 9:19:40 AM
Rockledge, FL- Central Area Parks and Recreation will be offering a Lifeguard course March 17-25 at McLarty Aquatic Center, 790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL 32955. Course dates and times are as follows:
'A Tribute to Our Legends' & Cocoa Community Festival Event at Provost Park, Feb. 25-26
Posted on 2/13/2017 8:59:53 AM
COCOA, FL. – Central Area Parks and Recreation is teaming up with Cocoa Police Department, City of Cocoa, Emma Jewel Charter Academy and local community leaders for a “Tribute to Our Legends” event at Provost Park, 400 Varr Ave., in Cocoa. The event will open on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 11 a.m. with a parade from Emma Jewell Charter Academy to Provost Park. Following the parade, the public is invited to participate in field games and play flag football.
Father-Daughter Dance Set for Feb. 10 at McLarty Park in Rockledge
Posted on 2/6/2017 10:30:20 AM
ROCKLEDGE, FL. – McLarty Park Community Center, 790 Barton Blvd. Rockledge, FL, will host its first Father-Daughter Dance for children ages 12 and under and their fathers, or father figures.
District 2 Merritt Island/Beaches Recreation Advisory Board to Meet February 15, 2017
Posted on 1/31/2017 10:15:43 AM
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla.--- A Regular Meeting of the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area Parks Operations, District 2 Merritt Island/Beaches Recreation Advisory Board will be held at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Kiwanis Island Park in the Karen Stallard-Rood Building, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island. The public is invited.
District 2 Merritt Island/Beaches Recreation Advisory Board to Meet February 15, 2017
Posted on 1/31/2017 10:12:53 AM

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla.--- A Regular Meeting of the Brevard County Parks and Recreation Central Area Parks Operations, District 2 Merritt Island/Beaches Recreation Advisory Board will be held at 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Kiwanis Island Park in the Karen Stallard-Rood Building, 951 Kiwanis Island Park Road, Merritt Island. The public is invited.




 

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