Service Opportunities – September Park and Preserve Events

Scout Leaders:

Please see the service hours opportunities listed below. Most of these should count as conservation project hours for those needing such service hours, especially if you have boys/adults working on the 50-Mile Afoot/Afloat award.

Thanks to Mike Meiser for sharing this info.

Mac Aldrich
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Dear Volunteers,
Happy-not-quite September! We put together a calendar of events that has a lot of variety, and many different places to volunteer. Have a look at all the ways you can give back! We are definitely looking for help making the Goblin Gathering the best ever, so if you like making spooky crafts come to life, contact Sam at Stay dry, volunteers!

Saturday 3rd, 8:30 AM – 11:00 AMRYE PRESERVERS VOLUNTEER WORKDAY– Everyone interested in giving one day a month to beautify Rye Preserve is welcome to attend! Rye needs your help to contain the invasive menace; Come out to pull the dreaded Abrus precatorius, Dioscorea bulbifera, and Urena lobata (rosary pea, air potato, and ceasar weed). We will pull, cut, and bag these baddies, so that native plants can take root. Your hard work creates better habitats for native species! Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Rye Preserve

Wednesday 14th, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AMRIP SQUAD VOLUNTEER WORKDAY: STORYWALK TRAIL BUILD – Join this group that works directly with County natural areas land managers on various wildlife habitat improvement projects. This month, we have a very special project for the RIP Squad – helping to build a new trail at Bennett Park! Volunteers will help install the signage for the site’s new StoryWalk Trail. The first of its kind in Manatee County, this trail includes special stops each of which contain a page from a book. Walkers can travel from stop to stop to read the story, walking a loop around one of Bennett Park’s freshwater ponds and enjoying the wildlife that frequent the site. Email announcements are sent out a few days in advance of each event that detail the purpose, goals, and meeting information for each upcoming event. Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. The StoryWalk Project was created by Anne Ferguson of Montpelier, VT and developed in collaboration with the Vermont Bicycle & Pedestrian Coalition (VBPC) and the Kellogg Hubbard Library. To register for this volunteer event or receive announcements about the RIP squad, send an email to Cary at Tom Bennett Park

Saturday 17th, 8:30 AM – 11:30 AMINTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP AT COQUINA BEACH – Volunteers all over the world are coming together to protect their waterways, and we are inviting you to be part of it! Get your feet wet to help Coquina Beach and Leffis Key. We will be collecting trash and recording our findings for a global impact report. Bring your water shoes and sense of adventure! Please visit to learn more. Program sponsored by Ocean Conservancy, in partnership with Keep Manatee Beautiful. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing or calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 to register. Coquina Beach Bayside

Thursday 22nd, 8:00 AM – 11:00 AMMOODY BRANCH VOLUNTEER WORKDAY – Join us for a volunteer workday at Moody Branch! We will be undergoing renovations in the next few months, and you can be part of the renovation revolution. This special place requires lots of volunteer love to help it look its best. Lend a hand to remove invasive plants and make space so Florida native plants can find their home here. Program is suitable for all ages. Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-748-4501 ext. 6035 or emailing to register. Moody Branch Preserve

Saturday 24th, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PMRENDEZVOUS AT ROBINSON EXPANSION – Join us for National Estuaries Week! Get a sneak peek inside the new Robinson Preserve Expansion, and participate in a wetland planting. Wander around our mini educational festival and learn about the waterways through our hands-on activities. Finally, enjoy a taste of delectable foods that the estuary has to offer. Program suitable for volunteers of all ages, please bring water shoes. Program sponsored by Restore America’s Estuaries, CITGO Petroleum Corporation, Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and Sarasota Bay Estuary Program. Reservations are required – Please let us know if you would like to attend by emailing or calling 941-742- 5923 ext. 6034. Robinson Preserve Expansion

Wednesday 28th, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMMARINE DEBRIS KAYAK TASKFORCE: LEFFIS KEY – Join this dedicated group that works to combat the issue of marine debris along our preserve’s shorelines. If you are passionate about helping to keep our waterways clean, this is your opportunity to make a difference! Free kayaks and gear from our WCIND-funded fleet are available to use for 10 individuals or you may bring your own. Life preservers musts be worn at all times. Program suitable for volunteers age 16 and older. Reservations are required – Please let us know if you would like to attend by calling 941-742-5923 ext. 6044 or email Leffis Key

Wednesday 28th, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PMAMBASSADOGS PACK WALK – Welcome back, walkers! Join us for the first canine, sunset stroll of the season at Robinson Preserve. We will discuss proper walking techniques in the preserves and how we can encourage fellow nature lovers to clean up their dog’s waste. Ages 16 and over (for humans) and well-mannered dogs welcome. Retractable leashes not allowed. Call Sam at 941-742-5923 ext. 6036 to join, new recruits welcome! Robinson Preserve

Michelle Leahy
Parks and Natural Resources
Volunteer/Education Assistant
Office: (941)748-4501 ext. 6035
5502 33rd Ave Drive West
Bradenton, FL 34209

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Sidewalk Astronomy at Sarasota’s Riverview High School

First event of 2016-2017 season is September 10

August 15, 2016 – The Local Group of Deep Sky Observers, a Bradenton/Sarasota group of astronomy enthusiasts, is pleased to announce the first Sidewalk Astronomy event of their 2016-2017 observing season.

Weather permitting, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 starting at sunset and continuing until 10:00 p.m., the members of the Local Group will set up their high-quality telescopes for public viewing at Sarasota’s Riverview High School. This will take place on the sidewalk just outside the entrance to the school’s Planetarium. The school is located at 1 Ram Way, Sarasota, Florida.

Sunset on September 10 will be at 7:40 p.m.

Highlights of the evening include incredible views of Saturn’s rings, the first quarter moon, as well as an opportunity to view the planets Mars and Neptune. A variety of other celestial objects will be viewed through the telescopes as they become visible throughout the night.

As always, the Sidewalk Astronomy event is FREE and open to everyone.

For more information, please contact Local Group President Jonathan Sabin at (941) 518-8695, or visit our website,

The public is also encouraged to sign up for our free event mailing list at

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Scouting Promo Videos and More!

Looking or some ways to promote your Pack, Troop, Crew, or Scouting in general? Below is a link to some great videos featured on the BSA Brand Center:

If you take some time to look around the site, you’ll find many other marketing materials to promote your unit, including Social Media Assets to help you get noticed.

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Operation Christmas Child Event


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Photos and Recognition from Program Kickoff

There were over 70 leaders in attendance at the Manatee District Program Kick-Off on Thursday, August 11th. Cynthia Holliday from Children’s World really appreciated those who stopped by her ‘store’ and we appreciated her donation of the Travel edition of the game, Camp, which was won through a drawing by Blair Chadwick from Pack 41. Crown Roofing was recognized for its contribution to the re-roofing of the Admin Building at Camp Miles and Blair, who works for the company, accepted a plaque of recognition from Bruce Hassy. Mike Townsend of Troop 111 won the top door prize of a package of goodies provided by the Bradenton Marauders, which included four tickets to an upcoming ballgame.

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Manatee District First Aid Meet


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A Century Of Scouting – Pre-Order Book


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Manatee District Program Kickoff Recap

The Program Kickoff was a great time to reconnect with other Scouters, meet our new District Executive, Brandon Cicco, and acquire a whole lot of information on the upcoming year. If you were unable to make it last night, or if you just need a refresher, here is a recap of much of what was covered:

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What are YOU doing on YOUR Winter Break?


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Upper Manatee River Road Construction

Attention Scouts, Scouters, and parents,

The following information is provided for you information, guidance and distribution.

A portion of Upper Manatee River Road (UMRR) will be reduced to one lane beginning Monday, August 8, 2016, as construction on the Fort Hammer Bridge continues.

Upper Manatee River Road from Gates Creek Road to Third Avenue Northeast will be reduced to southbound traffic only as part of a detour, which is anticipated to last for several months. Northbound traffic will be diverted onto 3rd Ave NE and Gates Creek Road, then back to UMRR.

The closure is part of the reconfiguration of a new traffic pattern on the south side of the Manatee River (mostly at the big curve in UMRR) that will probably include one or more traffic signals.

A sketch of the effected area is shown below.

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