During our season, presentations about shells or related nature topics are made by qualified experts, who show visuals and often display some of their "finds". They bring a breadth of knowledge and experience, so a question and answer session follows their program. Refreshments are served and there is an opportunity to interact with the speaker and other attendees. The presentations are free and the public is always welcome.

These seminars begin at 6:00 p.m. and are  held  in January, February, and March in Disseler Hall at the United Church of Marco, 320 N. Barfield Drive, Marco Island.

The following seminars are planned:

January 9, 2020-Florida Master Naturalist, Tony Mauriello, will be speaking to our group about Shelling, Beachcombing and more! He will be happy to answer questions as well as inform us in depth about shelling and beachcombing along the Florida Gulf Coast. He currently leads nature tours at Lovers Key State Park, Koreshan State Park and Barefoot Beach Preserve. Tony participates in Florida Master Naturalist Program and is on the Board of the Lee County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society.

February 6, 2020--LET'S GO GREEN AND KEEP OUR PARADISE CLEAN-Capt. Meaghan Blackman and Capt. Carlos Escarra  will share their  knowledge of Florida's uplands, wetlands and saltwater coastal systems.  They serve as  co-chairs of the Clean Water Committee for the Marco Patriots. Native to southwest Florida, Capt. Blackman is a Coastal Florida Master Naturalist. She is also a US Coast Guard 25 Ton Master Captain, Certified Wilderness First Aid Responder, a member of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism and an Advanced Shell Ambassador for Bailey’s National Shell Museum. Capt Escarra is a US Coast Guard Master Captain ,  a Certified Wilderness First Aid Responder, Coastal Florida Master Naturalist, and a member of the Florida Society for Ethical Ecotourism.  

March 5, 2020--DISCOVER ROOKERY BAY--an introduction to the mission and efforts of Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. Speakers are Jeannine Windsor and Savannah Lawson.