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November 2013

Where does YOUR WATER come FROM?

November 5, 2013 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach,
411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, 33401 United States
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Ever wonder where our drinking water comes from – before the faucet?  Polluted waterways have certainly been in the news lately, causing people to question the quality of their local water supply. Luckily here in West Palm Beach, our drinking water comes from a pristine and protected ecosystem called Grassy Waters Preserve. Come learn about your unique water source, the safeguards in place by the Utility to protect it, the rigorous testing done before the water gets to your tap,…

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5th Annual Southeast Florida Regional Climate Leadership Summit

November 7, 2013 @ 8:00 am - November 8, 2013 @ 5:00 pm
Ft Lauderdale/Broward Cty Convention Center,
1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316 United States
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2013 Learn Green, Florida’s Green Schools Conference

November 11, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
A. W. Dreyfoos School of the Arts,
West Palm Beach, FL United States
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Travel to Costa Rica – Informational Meeting

November 13, 2013 @ 4:00 pm
Palm Beach State College - PBG,
3160 PGA Boulevard, Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33410 United States
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Climate Leadership Training

November 16, 2013 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Pinecrest Branch Library,
5835 SW 111th Street, Pinecrest, FL 33156 United States
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Essential One-Day Climate Leadership Training session on Saturday, Nov. 16, from 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at Pinecrest Branch Library. Participants will learn about climate science and solutions, and they will explore several successful communication techniques. Light refreshments and lunch will be served. More information and Registration.

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Cypress Tree Planting at Grassy Waters Preserve

November 16, 2013 @ 8:30 am
Apoxee Park,
3125 Jog Road, West Palm Beach, FL 33411 United States
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Volunteers Needed  Help to beautify and restore your watershed with Grassy Waters Preserve Volunteer and make a difference in a new restoration project in Apoxee Park planting native Cypress trees.  Learn about the benefits of restoration, which helps improve our water quality and wildlife habitat.  Enjoy the beautiful views and visit our southernmost Preserve area known as Apoxee Park. This project involves working in areas in and around the water’s edge so you will get wet and muddy. When:      …

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Symphony of the Soil Screening at Muvico

November 17, 2013 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Muvico Parisian, City Place,
545 Hibiscus St,, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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The Walkability Mandate Public Forum

November 18, 2013 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What makes cities thrive? One man seems to have the answer and has explored and helped many along the way. Jeff Speck, author and contributing editor to Metropolis magazine, comes to West Palm Beach to discuss his latest book, Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time. Join us as he breaks down the key factor of walkability. Book signing in City Hall rotunda at 8:00 pm. Complimentary beverages and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

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Grassy Waters Preserve Kayak Expedition

November 30, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Hike down the boardwalk trail to our new kayak launch, then set out on an expedition to explore the more remote western areas of the Preserve. Bring water, hat, sunscreen. Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or 10 in tandem with adult Fee: Single Kayak $20.00 Tandem Kayak $30.00 Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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December 2013

Everglades Experience

December 1, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Hands-On History: Florida Indian Folklore

December 7, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Join historian Patrick Mesmer, author of “Haunted River Tales- 500 Years on the Locha- Hatchee” as he reveals the ancient legends and tales of Florida Indians.  From the Timucan to the Seminoles, learn how their folklore shaped their culture and beliefs, all against the backdrop of the Florida Everglades. Ages: 6 and over (with participating adult) Fee: $5 per adult, $2 kids ages 6-17 Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Newbie Canoe

December 7, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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New to canoeing? Then you’re a newbie!  Whether you’ve never been in a canoe before or it’s just been awhile, this short trip is a great place to start! Learn the basics and then put your new skills to the test on an easy paddle through the Everglades.  Bring a water, hat and sunscreen. Ages:   6 and over (with participating adult) Fee:     $10/adult, $5/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Moonlight Paddle

December 17, 2013 @ 4:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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See the subtle changes that occur as Grassy Waters settles into night. Enjoy a sunset over the marsh, then paddle under the glow of a full moon. Be sure to practice your paddling skills (try one of our Newbie Canoe trips!) before coming on a moonlight canoe trip.  Bring water and bug spray. Ages:  10 and over (with participating adult) Fee:     $20/adult, $10/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Eco-Art at Grassy Waters Preserve

December 21, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Join Ms. Ginger for a fun and educational discovery hike to collect natural materials, then use what you’ve collected to create your very own piece of eco-art! Bring hat, sunscreen and water. Ages: 3 and over (with participating adult) Fee: $5/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Sunset Kayak at Grassy Waters Preserve

December 21, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Great photographic opportunities abound as we enjoy a late afternoon kayak trip.  Watch as birds fly into roost as the sun sets over the marsh. Bring water & insect repellent Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or 10 in tandem with adult Fee: Single Kayak $15.00 Tandem Kayak $20.00 Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Canoe the Slough

December 22, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Paddle your canoe away from the hustle and bustle of modern life and into the peaceful marsh. During this educational paddle through the Everglades, you’ll learn about the ecology and history of this beautiful ecosystem. Bring water, hat, and sunscreen. Ages:  10 and over (with participating adult) Fee:     $15/adult, $7/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Kayak Expedition

December 28, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Hike down the boardwalk trail to our new kayak launch, then set out on an expedition to explore the more remote western areas of the Preserve. Bring water, hat, sunscreen. Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or 10 in tandem with adult Fee:  Single Kayak $20.00 Tandem Kayak $30.00 Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Nature Photography Workshop

December 29, 2013 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Photographer Steve Dumond shares his keen eye for nature and teaches techniques for capturing the flowers, wildlife, and beautiful vistas in of the Everglades.  This workshop includes guided access to the exclusive restoration area. Ages: 12 and over Fee:    $20/adult, $5/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Newbie Canoe

December 29, 2013 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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New to canoeing? Then you’re a newbie!  Whether you’ve never been in a canoe before or it’s just been awhile, this short trip is a great place to start! Learn the basics and then put your new skills to the test on an easy paddle through the Everglades.  Bring a water, hat and sunscreen. Ages:   6 and over (with participating adult) Fee:     $10/adult, $5/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Marsh Critters

December 31, 2013 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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The marsh comes alive in the palm of your hand as we discover the amazing aquatic insects and small wonders that call the wetlands home.   You’ll be knee deep in the marsh during this dipnetting adventure for the whole family! Bring closed-toed shoes that can get wet, water, hat and sunscreen. Ages: 5 and over (with participating adult) Fee:    $5/adult, $3/child Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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Sunset Kayak

December 31, 2013 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Great photographic opportunities abound as we enjoy a late afternoon kayak trip.  Watch as birds fly into roost as the sun sets over the marsh. Bring water & insect repellent Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or 10 in tandem with adult Fee: Single Kayak $15.00 Tandem Kayak $20.00 Reservations Required.  Call 561-804-4985

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January 20142014

Kayak Cruise

January 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Take in the beauty of the Everglades as you learn about the history and ecology of Grassy Waters on this leisurely kayak excursion.    Bring water, hat and sunscreen. Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or 6 in tandem with adult Fee:  Single Kayak; $10.00 Tandem Kayak:  $15.00 Reservations Required, call 561-804-4985

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Hands-On History: Folklore with author Patrick Mesmer

January 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Author Patrick Mesmer will unveil his new book: “The Pirate Santos and the Curse of the Treasure Coast”. This historical novel follows the fate of a young man shipwrecked and captured by Native Americans along our coastline during the early 18th century. His ability to survive wild Florida will depend greatly on his ability to adapt to the culture, and lifestyles of his captors. Patrick blends his extensive knowledge of Florida’s Native People with fictional characters to highlight our region’s…

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Kayak Expedition

January 5 @ 10:00 am - 1:30 pm
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Hike down the boardwalk trail to our new kayak launch.  Then set out on an expedition to explore the more remote western areas of the Preserve. Bring water, hat and sunscreen. Ages: Must be 15 for solo kayak, or 10 in tandem with adult Fee:     Single Kayak;     $20.00 Tandem Kayak:  $30.00

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Slow Foods – $aving the 30%: Using the Food We Grow

January 18 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center,
6301 Summit Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL United States
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The   4th annual Growing Green Communities event, “Saving the 30%: Using the   Food We Grow,” will be a fun-filled day aimed at tackling food waste.    In the US, at least 30% of food is wasted – in the fields, transport systems, grocery   stores, restaurants, schools, and in our homes.  Food waste is a huge   contributor to climate change as well as a drain on family finances.   At  “Saving the 30%” workshop sessions you will learn  more about  preserving food, composting,…

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Mounts – Urban Farming Sustainable Backyard Vegetable Growing & Composting

January 25 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Mounts Botanical Gardens,
559 North Military Train, West Palm Beach, FL 33415 United States
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Do you want to raise tomatoes and vegetables in a sustainable way – with fewer pesticides? Mike Page will show you how. Mike is an avid South Florida vegetable grower who stresses  sensible approach to smaller-scale backyard or container vegetable growing. Mike will offer tips and techniques on site preparation, seedling establishment, planting, maintenance, pest and disease control and harvesting. He’ll take you on a tour of our vegetable garden to show you creative ways to grow vegetables. In the…

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Edible Gardening 101 at Mandel Public Library

January 26 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach,
411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, 33401 United States
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Get elbow deep in soil and join Karin Fields, the “Edible Gardening Gal”, author of “Organic Vegetable Gardening in the Tropics” for a Gardening 101 series that includes: growing, harvesting, composting, pest control, and much more. You will receive free supplies after each session and you will receive a copy of the presenter’s book at the end of the series. Hibiscus Room 3rd floor. Very limited seating. Registration required. For adults. Sundays January 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23…

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Eco Tourism ~ USGBC

January 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Lake Pavilion - West Palm Beach Waterfront,
101 South Flagler Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33401 United States
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Come enjoy a beautiful evening on the waterfront with hightlights of green tourism by the officials of the City of West Palm Beach. The USGBC Palm Beach Branch kicks off the Chapter’s 10th Anniversary with their program on Eco Tourism.  This program is being co-sponsored by the City of West Palm Beach and is being held in the City’s LEED certified Waterfront Pavilion. Info and Registration  

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February 2014

The Paintings of Florida’s Highwaymen

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Grassy Waters Preserve - South,
8264 Northlake Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL 33410 United States
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Celebrate “Black History Month” with the inspiring story of a group of self-taught African American artists, who went on to create some of the most important and iconic paintings of Florida landscapes. This lecture is FREE, but please call to let us know you’re coming (so we can put out enough chairs). The artwork of the Highwaymen will be on display in the Nature Center for the duration of February.

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Edible Gardening at WPB Mandel Public Library

February 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach,
411 Clematis Street, West Palm Beach, 33401 United States
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Get elbow deep in soil and join Karin Fields, the “Edible Gardening Gal”, author of “Organic Vegetable Gardening in the Tropics” for a Gardening 101 series that includes: growing, harvesting, composting, pest control, and much more. You will receive free supplies after each session and you will receive a copy of the presenter’s book at the end of the series. Hibiscus Room 3rd floor. Very limited seating. Registration required. For adults. Sundays January 26, Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23…

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