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Saturdays by the Bay 6/21/2014

This past Saturday we took a plant identification walk around the island.

Seth and Nina stand in front of the Coco Plum- which bears an edible fruit, that some students tried.

Joseph stands underneath the Sable Palm. Next to it is a Red Mangrove growing strangely far away from the shore.

Antonio is closely inspecting this old Green Buttonwood!

Seth, Antoni0 and Harvey have identified the Sea Grape tree after seeing a couple on our walk. This tree also produces a fruit that is edible. They are not yet ripe but will be by mid-late July.

Here we have our lovely Half-Flower models- Paula and Cindy. This native plant grows in the dunes as well as the hammock. It is called the half flower commonly because the little white flowers look like a whole flower cut in half.

Seth, Brittany and Joseph stand next to the Strangler fig. A member of the Ficus family, this tree grows tall and wide and provides plenty of shade.

After our walk we made lunch and worked on completing an art project that soon will be revealed to the public! Stay tuned for details.

Here we all are having a group discussion about our day and our thoughts.

Saturdays by the Bay 6/14/14

Saturday we joined in the festivities to celebrate the opening of Museum/Bicentennial Park! The Miami Heat A.A Arena allowed us some space and usage of tables, chairs and parking for the use of our participants! We are very grateful for their kindness. John RIchards and family brought their food truck to the event area at the arena for our students to learn about and enjoy eating from. Nature Links will be using the food truck for educational purposes this summer. In the park The U.S Coast Guard Tall ship, The Eagle was docked to commemorate Flag day. We had a great time taking a tour of the vessel which we learned was a war prize from WWII. We played in the park, talked to many people including our Mayor Tomas Regalado. It was a great day for our students and for the people of Miami who now have a waterfront park open for their enjoyment.

Check out the article in The Miami Herald about the day!

Thank you Mayor Regalado for your attention to public interests and needs and supporting the opening of this park.


The Next Session of Saturdays by the Bay to begin 6/7/2014

Saturdays by the Bay:

At Historic Virginia Key Beach Park 

From Garden to Table

The Culinary Business

Students will work in our orgainic garden learning about plants, seasons, growing food and maintenance. They will also have the opportunity to use some of the garden’s produce while helping to operate the Historic Food Concession Stand at the park. Other elements will include: videography, fieldtrips and travel training.

Hours: 10:00 am-3:00 pm Saturdays

When: June 7- August 16

Cost: $20 per day (Scholarships and reduced fees available)

Location: This Historic Virginia Key Beach Park Trust 

4020 Virginia Beach Dr. Miami, FL 33149

To Register or find more information:



Lummus Park Update

Our Lummus park program has been off to a great start this year. Starting in February we have been traveling around the Downtown Miami area, using it’s resources and learning about it’s history and culture.

We enjoy Lummus park and it’s amenities very much. Every moring we get our blood pumping and our bodies moving on the basketball court.

Local historian William Kiddell came to our program and gave us an oral history of the historical buildings in the park.

Below, the Wagner house originally built in 1857 by William Wagner and his Creole wife. The house was removed

from it’s original location on the Miami River to Lummus park.


The crew enjoying a banyan tree in the park.

The Lummus Park Program is taking a break for the summer, but we will be back August 18,2014!

If interested contact us @


Nature Links Field Trip to Zoo Miami!

We went on a field trip to Zoo Miami. Students were thrilled to see the wide variety of animals. It was very exciting, but some expressed a feeling of sadness for the animals being kept in their cage like area’s. We explained that it is a complex subject to approach. While it is good for people to be aware of these animals (many of which are near extinction on their own habitats) it is difficult to see wild beasts kept captive at the Zoo. Aside from our philisophical quandries we had such a fun time!  A good work out as well, walking all over the zoo is great exercise.


“Connections” Lummus Park Program Update

This has been the first year of our newest program “Connections” based out of Lummus Park in Downtown Miami.

We have been traveling on foot, by bus, metrorail and people mover all over the downtown area and beyond.

Our participants have been learning about what our city has to offer while simultaneously uncovering it’s past.

We spend almost all of our time outdoor’s in parks, public spaces and metropolitan area’s. We are seeing how

Miami is both friendly to people and not. There has been discussion amongst our group as to how we can improve

the city and make it more walkable and enjoyable for people who want to spend time outside and exploring.

Currently we are putting together a presentation that looks at the city for all it’s benefits and shortcomings

and how we at Nature Links can contribute and potentially affect change. We will post this presentation online once it is finished.


Saturdays by the Bay 4/12/2014

Thank you for a lovely Saturday Shake-A-Leg Miami, our participants had a lovely time! They went out for a ride on the pontoon boat to see Biscayne Bay.

For some participants this was their first time out on a boat. They passed by spoil islands and saw many native birds pirching on the island trees. Back at the Shake-A-Leg headquarters lunch was prepared by the University of Miami girls soccer team. They were very colorful and pleasent dressed in their uniforms with smiles on their faces. A Zumba class was also offered to participants, a fun and creative way to get exercise. Thank you Shake-A-Leg !


Saturdays by the Bay 3/30

Joseph is proud of his collage. We were visited by an Art Therapist last Saturday and this was one of the outcomes of her session.

Here students learn about sunflower seeds. The process of life from seed to sunflower and then back to seed.

Come join us on Virginia Key one Saturday! Every week is a bit different, new visitors or different activites.

Check out what Art Therapy is about here at this link: click here!