MANATEE COUNTY, FL (May 18, 2017) – Manatee County Parks and Natural Resources Department will host its first ever World Oceans Day Festival, Saturday June 3 at Emerson Point Preserve.
The free festival will kick off at 9 a.m. and continue until noon at Emerson Point Preserve, a 365-acre preserve located in Palmetto at the mouth of the Manatee River and Tampa Bay Estuary. World Oceans Day Festival is a fun family friendly event celebrating the salty seas, according to Melissa Nell, Parks and Natural Resources' Education and Volunteer Manager. A variety of ocean-themed activities will be available for participants to learn about Worlds Oceans Day.
Dip nets into the water and discover the creatures hiding beneath the waves. Learn amazing facts about our large wildlife—like sea turtles and manatees. Play oyster games and explore the history of fishing in Manatee County while sampling foods from local estuaries. During the event, visitors can take a break from the heat in Emerson’s classroom and learn from scientists working in the field.
Emerson Point Preserve is an ideal place for relaxation and serenity. It is also a great place for adventure activities like kayaking and fishing, where visitors can see wildlife like mullet, egrets, raccoons and dolphins.
World Oceans Day is a partnership between Manatee County, and Sarasota Bay Estuary, Anna Maria Island Turtle Watch and Shorebird Monitoring Program, Save the Manatee Club, Sea Grant, Florida Maritime Museum, and the Environmental Protection Division. Exhibitors will offer hands on educational activities and information.
For more information, visit the event's Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/events/678899452315100/
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