Explore our Space Coast Beaches With Naturalist Events at the Barrier Island Center Events in November
Those who have never taken the time to drop by the Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach, should check out the Barrier Island Center event schedule for November and make plans to get out there. If none of many unique naturalist adventures below spark your interest, take the family and drop by the center anyway. They are very helpful, and not only have some good displays, but a respectable theater for viewing recorded films related to our local nature.
If they are not busy or planning to show a featured article, talk to the staff and see if other videos which may be of interest are available to be viewed in the theater. The key events planned for November at the Barrier Island Center have been provided by Brevard County's Parks and Recreation department and are listed below for your easy reference.
November is 'Trash to treasure' month at The Barrier Island Center
MELBOURNE BEACH, Fla. – The Barrier Island Center will offer a variety of activities, many of them free, throughout November as part of “Trash to Treasure” month.
“Trash to Treasure” Walk & Talk Beach Clean-Up – Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.: Join Coastal Florida Master Naturalists, Paul & Anne, for an in-depth look into the “Treasures” of the Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge beach, all the while cleaning it up for all to be safe and enjoy over the holidays.
Oyster Mat Making – Tuesday, Nov. 6, 10 a.m.: Help the Brevard Zoo restore oyster reefs in the Mosquito Lagoon of North Brevard County.
Mel Fisher's “Today is the Day” – Saturday, Nov. 10, 2 p.m.: “Today is the Day” you will be able to meet and greet Taffi Fisher-Abt, daughter of world famous treasure hunter Mel Fisher. Taffi will speak of her adventures in the search and discovery of the Atocha.
“Then & Now – The 1715 Fleet” Presentation – Sunday, Nov. 11, 2p.m.: Join Joe Bartoszek, Master Scuba Instructor, for an pictorial presentation on the 1715 Fleet.
Turkey Creek Paddle – Saturday, Nov. 17, 1 – 4 p.m.: Explore hydric hammocks, mesic hammocks and sand pine scrub by way of the treasured blackwater creek. Meet at Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Dr. NE, Palm Bay. Please wear water shoes and sunscreen and bring a water bottle, a snack and insect repellant. Binoculars and cash for a stop at the Margaret Hames Nature Center and Gift Shop are optional. Tandem touring kayaks for a party of 2 or singles available. Children under 12 must paddle tandem with an adult. Cost of kayak rental is $38. Enrollment is limited to 20 people/10 kayaks. Call (321) 723-3556 to make a reservation by Thursday, Nov. 15.
“Sea Stars” Touch Tank – Sunday, Nov. 18, 1 – 3 p.m.: “Sea Stars” Touch Tank encourages participants to respect the environment as they learn about a variety of marine life. Special tank guests will include a Diamondback Terrapin, a Nine-Armed Sea Star and an assortment of conchs and crabs.
Mermaid’s Purse Gift Shop Holiday Open House & Sale! – Friday, Nov. 23., 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.: Shop for gifts with a special meaning…saving sea turtles. Enjoy refreshments, 10% off one regular priced item through Nov. 25, receive a free gift (while supplies last) with a Turtle Adoption and free eco-gift wrap!
“Burn & Learn” Holiday Hike – Saturday, Nov. 24, 10 a.m.: Burn off some extra holiday calories and learn all about the barrier island’s wildflowers. On a 2.5 mile hike through a magical maritime forest you can look for flowering epiphytes in sprawling live oaks or butterflies feeding on wildflower blossoms. The hike will be led by Florida Master Naturalist, Vince Lamb. Please wear/bring closed toe shoes, sunscreen, water bottle and insect repellant. Meet at Maritime Hammock trailhead, 6200 S. Hwy. A1A, Melbourne Beach. Enrollment is limited to 15. Call (321) 723-3556 to make a reservation.
“Human Footprint” Film- Sunday, Nov. 25, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.: In recognition of “America Recycles Day” join us for an eye-opening look at the extraordinary impact that each of our lives has on the world around us. Demonstrated through remarkable visuals, this unique journey through life shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you’ll consume and how much you’ve got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on Earth. Running time 90 minutes.
The Barrier Island Center is owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. It is located at 8385 South Highway A1A, Melbourne Beach. The Center is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (321) 723-3556.