APRIL 2021
Dear Friends,

The spring is always a time of new beginnings, it gives us a chance to reset, get out and enjoy this great Florida weather before the summer descends on us. We are looking forward to presenting summer programs to limited numbers of visitors such as Turtle Watches and Jr. Anglers.

The Friends of Canaveral have been so helpful this year, they are opening the Eldora house and welcoming visitors several days a week. Also next time you’re in the Apollo Visitor Center check out the new Friends “Vote a Turtle” donation box, it will be fun to see which turtle is the crowd favorite and all of the money goes to Canaveral NS Sea turtle conservation and education programs! 

If you are interested in helping with summer Jr. Ranger or volunteering in other programs, please contact Volunteer Coordinator, Valerie Stanley at
(386) 428-3384 ext. 222.
See you at the beach!
Laura Henning
Attention all volunteers! Canaveral National Seashore wants to thank you for your service and your generous spirit. In years past, we have celebrated our VIPs with a picnic. This year, because of Covid restrictions, we will be honoring you in a different way. Please plan to attend this fun drive-thru event on Saturday, April 17th at the Apollo Beach Visitor Center. You may come anytime between 10-11AM. We look forward to seeing your smiling faces from a safe distance! Of course, we will have the annual VIP T-shirts for you.

Valerie Stanley
Volunteer/Youth Coordinator
Canaveral National Seashore
It's early morning, and the sun is just peeking over the Atlantic. The cool breeze is a precursor to a sunny winter day. The tide is low, and fishermen are already established at the water's edge. Robert Macomber is volunteering to help recover benchmarks for the National Geodetic Survey (NGS). The benchmarks have been hiding along the seashore, some dating as far back as the 1930s. There are approximately 146 at Canaveral National Seashore from Playalinda Beach up through the Klondike Beach backcountry and Apollo Beach. We spend a couple of days exploring Klondike Beach as well as Apollo Beach.  (Cont'd)

(NOAA’s National Geodetic Survey (NGS) provides the framework for all positioning activities in the Nation. The foundational elements of latitude, longitude, elevation, and shoreline information impact a wide range of important activities. For more information go to: https://geodesy.noaa.gov/)
Note Cards & Plants of Canaveral National Seashore
Looking for a wonderful gift for any occasion? Look no further than our online gift shop. Our book, "Plants of Canaveral National Seashore" is the perfect guide for the nature lover, and our beautiful note cards are perfect for notes to friends or as a unique gift.

Eldora State House Note Cards
Illustrated by Ruth Squitieri
Eldora State House note cards are from an original watercolor illustration by local artist, Ruth Squitieri. Eldora was restored with funds and grants raised by Friends of Canaveral and operates as a historical museum. Eldora is located in the Apollo District of CNS. The set of 8 note cards are 5” x 7” and are blank inside. 
Only $20 including tax and shipping
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Also included in Explore is a series for educators to connect students to nature with free lesson plans.
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