Weekend

OUTDOORS: Fun things to do

ON THE HORIZON

Friends of Myakka “Nature Adventure” Classes: Myakka River State Park, Sarasota

The friends of Myakka River State Park will kick off their sixth annual “Nature Adventure” series with new classes and the return of their most popular programs: Myakka Fishing Hotspots, 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 31. A Canoe/Kayak Adventure on the Myakka River will be 10 a.m. Feb. 4 with Ranger John Chassey. Moonlight on the Prairie takes the participant in the back of a four-wheel drive truck on a leisurely trip 7-10 p.m. Feb. 4. This trip will include some star gazing, spider watching, owl spotting and ghost stories to culminate with hot chocolate, snacks and a fire in the log pavilion. The trip is limited to 12 persons. Participants are recommended to bring water and insect repellent. Fees for classes range from $10 to $80 and 100 percent of funds collected will be contributed to the “Myakka Forever” Endowment Fund. Anyone signing up for three or more classes will automatically become a member of the Friends of Myakka River (a $25 value). The $5 per car park entrance fee will be waived for all Nature Adventure participants. Class sizes are limited. Reservations: 316-8139 or e-mail gallery@myakkariver.org.

Biocruise: Sarasota Bay

Join the American Littoral Society for a biocruise 2-4 p.m. Jan. 29 to learn about the critters in Sarasota Bay. View nesting bird life and more aboard the Carefree Learner. Cost: $12 members, $18 nonmembers. Information: 927-3409.

Kayak trip: Don Pedro State Park, Englewood

Paddle to Don Pedro State Park and enjoy a quiet-water kayak trip on beautiful Lemon Bay guided by John Sarkozy of the American Littoral Society 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 29. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Bring water, sunscreen and be prepared for fun. Cost: $25 members, $30 nonmembers. Information: 966-7308.

Volunteer Docent Training: Emerson Point Preserve, Palmetto

The Manatee County Natural Resources Department will host a volunteer docent training session 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 30 for individuals interested in helping out at the ranger station and welcome center of the preserve. If you’d like to attend, call Melissa Cain Nell at 748-4501, ext. 4605 or e-mail Melissa.nell@mymanatee.org.

Survival School: Crowley Museum and Nature Center, Sarasota

Learn what it takes to build a shelter, collect food, start a fire without a match and basic survival skills during an 8-hour class 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 31 brought to you by the Wildlife Services of Florida. The program is suitable for participants ages 14 and older. Admission: $60. Class sizes are limited. Reservations are required. Information: 322-1000, e-mail: cmncpd@aol.com or visit www.cmnfl.org.

Nature Tours: Multiple locations, Manatee County

Around The Bend Nature Tours are offering an “Emerson Point Native American Technology Tour,” 9-11:30 a.m. Jan. 31. Participants walk the trails of a 1,000-year-old Indian village, the coastal strand ecosystem and mangrove forest and try their hand at ancient technology with replica tools. Cost: $20 adults, $10 children younger than 16.

Reservations are required. Information: 794-8773 or e-mail karen@aroundbend.com or visit www.AroundBend.com.

Kayak trip: Bird Key and Lido Park, Sarasota

Enjoy a quiet kayak trip in the bay around South Lido Park on a kayak trip led by John Sarkozy of the American Littoral Society 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 31. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Information: 966-7308.

Fishing seminar: Boater’s World, 303 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton

Capt. Warren Girle will present a free lecture on “Shallow Water Tactics” 7 p.m. Feb. 3. All seminars are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Information: 747-8339.

Kayak trip: Myakka River, Sarasota

Explore the wild and scenic Myakka River by kayak on a tour led by John Sarkozy of the American Littoral Society 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 4. All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Cost: $20 members, $25 nonmembers. Reservations are required. Information: 966-7308.

HORSEBACK RIDING

Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary: 20010 S.R. 64 E., Bradenton

Horseback riding is being offered by Napier’s Log Cabin Horse and Animal Sanctuary. No experience is necessary. Hours are by appointment. Donation: $25 per person. All proceeds go to house and feed the animals at the Sanctuary. Information: 750-8185 or visit www.NapierFamilyFarm.com.

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