April 2018

"April Showers Bring May Flowers"
The 2018 year continues our stewardship of America's National Parks. The “Friends” urge support of Canaveral Seashore National Park, as your Park, and discover its recreation, conservation, and historic preservation programs in your own backyard.
Dear Friends,

Thank you to the Friends for assisting the seashore with the Doris Leeper Exhibit and for hosting a lovely opening on the first weekend. We had over 100 visitors to the exhibit that day and enjoyed great weather and cookies!

Please help us spread the word about the 2018 Run with the Rangers on May 5, to benefit the Burns Sci-Tech Charter School Fitness Center. Information on registering at www.friendsofcanaveral.com.

One of the projects this year for the Friends will be to print a book on Plants of Canaveral National Seashore. This is a collaborative project with Bethune-Cookman University and Canaveral staff and volunteers. Please join us for an informational meeting at the Apollo Visitor Center on April 17 th at 5:00 to learn more about the project and the other great things accomplished with the help of Friends of Canaveral.

See You at the Seashore,
Laura Henning, Chief of Interpretation & Visitors Services
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Public is Invited
Please join us as we welcome Dr. Don Spence, Assistant Professor at Bethune-Cookman University and Board Certified Master Arborist. Dr. Don Spence and Dr. J Cho have recently co-authored a book/field guide about the many plant wonders at Canaveral National Seashore.

Hosted by: Friends of Canaveral

PUBLIC WELCOME, BRING A FRIEND!
April 17, 2018 - 5:00 pm

Canaveral National Seashore
Apollo Visitor Center
7611 S. Atlantic Ave.
New Smyrna Beach

Light Refreshemnts
will be served!


NEW EXHIBITS FOR APOLLO VISITOR CENTER
Take a look at the drawing for our Visitor's Center upgrade due to be installed during the last week of April into early May! There may be visitor center closures, but we will announce them on Facebook.
2018 RUN WITH THE RANGERS 5K
& Junior Ranger Fun Run
May 5 th 8:00 am

START TIME:  8:00am EDT
END TIME:  10:00am EDT
PRICE:  $25.00 Race Fee + $2.50 SignUp Fee 
REGISTRATION:  Registration ends May 4, 2018 at 11:59pm EDT 


Start/Finish at Dewees Park, N. Gaines St., Oak Hill to include Canaveral National Seashore/Seminole Rest.

  • April 4 - Walking the Wrack with MDC
  • April 11 - Audubon Birding with Don Picard
  • April 18 - Determining Hatchling Success: Excavation of a Sea Turtle nest
  • April 25 - Coastal Forest to Beach Walk with Charles "Bud Doyle"

THINGS TO DO - APRIL 2018
From canoe trips, pontoon boat trips and brown bag lunch presentations - from the Apollo District to Playalinda, we have something for everyone!
DID YOU KNOW?
12 surprising facts about Geckos:

  1. Geckos' amazing toes help them stick to any surface except Teflon.
  2. Geckos' eyes are 350 times more sensitive to light than human eyes.
  3. Geckos are able to produce various sounds for communication, including barks, chirps and clicks.
  4. Some species of geckos have no legs and look more like snakes.
  5. Most geckos can detach their tails — and regrow them later if necessary.
  6. Geckos use their tails to store fat and nutrients for lean times.
  7. Geckos can live a long, long time.
  8. Most species of gecko don’t have eyelids, so they lick their eyes to clean them.
  9. Geckos are masters of color.
  10. The satanic leaf gecko perfectly mimics dead leaves.
  11. Some gecko species can fly! (Well, sort of).
  12. The smallest gecko species is less than 2 centimeters in length.