Interested in seeing how Sea Turtle Patrol volunteers do their task? Every Saturday morningduring Juneand July at 6:45am, the public is welcome to join Longboat Key Turtle Watch on a free monitoring walk. Open to all ages, attendees can help identify and locate nests while learning about sea turtles’ life cycle as well as other wildlife on the beach. No reservations necessary – just meet at the public beach access, 4795 Gulf of Mexico Dr., Longboat Key. Walks are held rain or shine, but will be cancelled due to thunderstorms.
The Barrier Island Parks Society offers these upcoming programs. To learn more and sign up, go to barrierislandparkssociety.org or call 964•0060.
Calusa Cast Netting! Learn about the history of the Calusa Indians and the art of cast netting from an expert Florida State Park Ranger and try it yourself on the beach on the Gulf of Mexico! Program begins on Sat. June 16 at 10:30am at Gasparilla Island Lighthouse, 220 Gulf Blvd, Boca Grande. You can also RSVP to climb the lighthouse before or after the program from 9:30am to 3:30pm at: www.barrierisland- parkssociety.org.
Climb the Gasparilla Island Lighthouse! Learn the history of the lighthouse. Walk in the very steps of light keepers from the past! Enjoy a 20-minute climb tour to the top with a view of the Gulf of Mexico, Charlotte Harbor and Boca Grande. Spaces limited RSVP at: www.barrierislandparkssociety.org. Tour prices vary and all fees support the preservation of the lighthouse! Please see fees and safety rules at sign-up. Next opening: Saturday, June 16 from 9:30am - 3:30pm.