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Update: Saturdays by the Bay

We have had three sections of our current session: We have been having a great time on Virginia Key – We have been covering the basics of video documentation, getting ready to create some works of art.

Seth made this video of the garden himself.


Seth learning how to take video! from Jenna Balfe on Vimeo.


We also have been doing a good deal of gardening, cooking and grilling! This coming Saturday will be our last of this session, However the next session will begin soon – on February 8, 2014. Check out the subsequent blog post for updates on that!

Saturdays by the Bay 12/16

Last Saturday we spent the morning in the garden. We laid down hay in the walking paths, planted seedlings and did some weeding. We then watered the plants together. After lunch we went on a beach walk scavenge looking for materials for the art lesson. Lourdes Fuller an art teach with MDCPS came by this Saturday to teach us how to do Japanese fish printing. Everyone loved it and all were happy to tak their artwork home. The Virginia Key Beach Holiday fair was happening, so we spen the last hour at the fair, enjoying the festivities. We at Nature Links would like to wish everyone Happy Holidays! We look forward to seeing you next year.

Project SALT: Self Advocate Leadership Training

WHAT is Project SALT?

  • A free 8-week leadership training series for young adults with disabilities
  • Learn about disability awareness, your rights as a person with a disability, setting personal goals, discover your values, improve speaking skills, networking and much more

WHO can attend?

  • Individuals over age 22 who want learn leadership and self-advocacy skills and mentor others with disabilities


Classes will be held every Wednesday for 8-weeks
February 5, 12, 19, & 26, and
March 5, 12, 19, 26
from 4:30 pm-6:30 pm e
February 5, 2014 from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

United Way Center
3250 Southwest Third Avenue

Contact Shelly Baer to fill out an application ( Please see attached documents)

Shelly Baer
Program Coordinator
University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine

Mailman Center for Child Development

Office: (305) 689-7058

Saturdays by the Bay 12/7

We had a very active time on Virginia Key this past Saturday. We started out by working in our garden. By this time our plants were ready to be harvested for the first time!

After the garden we returned to the concession stand to begin preparation for lunch. We are focusing on learning what goes into a healthy and delicious salad.

Students make their own lunch!

Mr. Jacobs planted sunflower seeds earlier in the week to demonstrate to students where fresh sprouts come from. We added them to our salad.

After lunch we went on a walk along the beach to scavenge for items to use in our art lesson. We found shells, sea grape leaves, sand dune oats, coconut husks, sticks, sponges etc. We made some beautiful rubbings!

We finished the day with a music lesson from Dennis Fuller, a local musician.


Saturdays by the Bay 11/30

Another great Saturday on Virginia Key. We worked on our garden to start the day off, learning about new plants that have been added. After garden work,  we made a healthy lunch which was followed by a music lesson. We took an educational walk along the beach shore and played a game of frisbee on one of the park lawns. We were visited by Lourdes Fuller who will be teaching an art lesson this Saturday coming up! Feel free to stop by and check us out.


First Fall Sessions of Saturdays by the Bay

This Fall we are focusing on getting our garden going. We have spent most of our time outside preparing our beds and planting a few things. We will continue to plant during the week and this coming Saturday. Feel free to visit us or inquire about helping! We will be building a new bed this coming Saturday, Nov, 2.

Dennis Fuller came on Saturday with his organ, UMA. He played us a few tunes. He will be coming next week with other instruments and will give our participants a music lesson!

Nature Links at Whole Foods On October 17, 2013

Last Thursday Camile Lamb from Whole Foods invited us to a healthy cooking class. Most of the food we ate was actually not cooked, it was raw! We learned a few new recipies that I will post in our recipies section under resources, so check them out!

Camile showed us how to make vegetarian chilli without any oil. Apparently using oil in general is not the best

as it is taken from a whole plant and refined into oil. She showed us that by cooking the onion and vegetables down

in water, they release their own oils and sugars.

A delicious salad with a cashew mint dressing!

Antonio was so eager to help out at the event. Here he is helping Camile pass out a green smoothie.