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We would like to give you a few snapshots of what we have been up to the last few Saturdays.
We have been planting:
We went to the Art Live Exhibition at the Cocnut Grove Exhibition Center: There were dance performances, interactive art pieces and free food to sample. A special thanks to the Lotus house for donating tickets to us so that we could attend.
We got a chance to interact with horses on Virginia Key! A riding club came to visit and they were very informative and kind. We learned about horses in general and some personal stories told by the owners. It was a lovely day.
Last week on Virginia Key we had a couple volunteers Domingo Castillo and Estibaliz Montanez came out and help us with our organic garden! We planted some things, and the volunteers learned a little about growing food.
Last Saturday, the 22 of September Nature Links enjoyed a great turnout of interested folks for our Fall session despite the rainy weather. We enjoyed lunch together and discussed some of our plans for the Fall. We took a tour to the organic garden and the plant nursery where we have over 150 little seedlings started soon to be planted in the garden. We were visited by supporting members of the community, notably- John Richards of the Miami Dade Culinary Institute. We look forward to getting started on the 13th of October.
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We would especially like to thank Shake A Leg Miami for allowing us to use their boat and their facilities to cook. We also would like to thank Gary Milano for captaining the boat we went out on. It was a wonderful day.
Gary Milano and his wife making sure we stay the course !
The beautiful place we live.
We got to see our very own Virginia Key from the boat.
When we got back to Shake A Leg, Chef Cody fired up the grill and we made some delicious hamburgers.
After lunch we had an impomptu video interview lesson. Everyone videoed eachother talking about their experience this summer at Naturelinks. Stay tuned to the website for the video !!!
Better Late than never ! We wanted to share the fun and photo's from a couple Saturdays ago.
We started in the plant nursery with City Parks Senior Naturalist Juan Fernandez. We planted Coontie seedlings.
Juan explained a bit about the plant and it's importance to the eco-system of Virginia Key. Coontie is a native plant and has an root that is edible if boiled.
As usual our participants and park staff had a wonderful day.
Chef Marta and her assistant were ready to instruct the class on how to make a delicious chicken salad.
At the end of the day, Denise Prehay led a discussion group with everyone to discuss how they felt thus far about their time at Naturelinks and with eachother.
Another great day for everyone at Naturelinks. We took a guided nature walk with Gary Milano, whom demonstrated with us the success of the restoration project he has been in charge of on Virginia Key.
Gary Milano points out the fresh water lagoon, that was made by simply digging into the ground and allowing the fresh water from the aquifer to rise up. The combination of fresh water and salty water area's is vital to the area's natural fauna.
After the walk we went for a swim to cool off from the hot Miami sun !
After our swim, we returned to the concession stand to make lunch. Chef Marta taught us how to make simple and delicious wraps.
After lunch we walked back along the beach to our swim spot for a second swim. It was a very hot day.
We found some interesting things as well.
It was a great day and we look forward to many more ! Our participants have been having such a great time and learning so much, they don't want the summer session to end.