Come join us for our February 2, 2018 After Hours event! February 2 is World Wetlands Day! Come learn about Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, designated as a RAMSAR Wetland of International Importance, and the Corkscrew watershed in a talk by Dr. Shawn Clem, meet one of the ambassador birds from our Audubon Center for Birds of Prey (Maitland, FL), listen to three groups play live music in the center throughout the late afternoon and evening, and make sure to plan time to enjoy a night stroll through Corkscrew's ancient cypress forest on our boardwalk.
* Special for Friends of Corkscrew Members – Receive a coupon for 20% off in the Nature Store, good for one night only, and expedited check in at our new membership services desk.
Sunset at 6:10 pm
Moon Phase: Two days after the full moon. It will be big and will rise toward the end of our program! Moonrise is at 8:42pm
- Enjoy live music in the Blair Audubon Visitor Center. from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm We look forward to enjoying an evening of all of their music!
- 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Local singer/songwriter Cindy Hackney-guitar/vocals will perform her orignial Florida Folk songs!
- 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Silvia Medina and Pete Popravac offer a variety of music including original tunes, old-time instrumentals, American folk, Cuban/Spanish folk, and classic country!
- 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm - Tad and the Tadpoles: Tad Green - banjo & vocals, Laurette Scanton - guitar and vocals, Doug Gerdon - mandolin and vocals, Robbie Wooster - bass! Enjoy this fine and fun bluegrass band, who together have over 140 years of musical experience to draw on from their backgrounds. Hopefully they will play a few of your favorite songs!
- Shop for unique and beautiful gifts in the Nature Store.
- Eat, drink and enjoy art exhibits in the Gallery Cafe.
- Experience the boardwalk in the evening light and participate in educational programs. See the schedule below.
5:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Explore the boardwalk on your own under the stars and listen to the many sounds at night.
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm – Classroom Presentation: By Shawn E. Clem, Ph.D. of Audubon Florida's Western Everglades Research Center.
Don't 'Drain The Swamp'! Revisiting the importance of swamps and other wetlands in southwest Florida.
While the rally cry to 'drain the swamp' is certainly figurative and motivated by politics, swamp (and wetlands in general) have historically been painted in a poor light and taken for granted. In recent years we have seen a literal 'draining of the swamp' at Corkscrew as regional changes in land use have dramatically changed our hydrology. Learn more about how these hydrologic changes are so alarming, what this means for Corkscrew, and how it is related to the recent cycle of flooding and wildfires we have seen in our communities.
5:30 - 8:30pm Interpretive aquatic station on the boardwalk! Staffed by our volunteer naturalists Clare Holden and Lane Henderson!
6:30 - 7:15 pm Naturalist Guided Walks, available at a few different start times in this time frame. These walks are one hour long, are a great introduction to the nocturnal swamp, and bring participants on the short loop of our boardwalk. Interested participants should try to sign up when they arrive as space is limited to 12 in each group.
7:00 - 8:00 pm Meet our Audubon Center For Birds of Prey staff member Samantha Little with her bird ambassador an eastern screech owl (red phase) named Sanford.
Last admission is at 8:00 p.m. Adult admission is $14 per person. Admission is $10 for Audubon Members and $6 for college students with ID. Admission is good for 2 consecutive days, so come back and enjoy the boardwalk in the daylight hours on Saturday also. Or visit the day before and come back on Friday! As always, Friends of Corkscrew Members enjoy free admission. * Special for Friends of Corkscrew Members – Receive a coupon for 20% off in the Nature Store, good for one night only, and expedited check in at our new membership services desk.
*Children are admitted free with their parents to this event! (Parent admission fees vary as outlined above, and their children up to 18 years are free)
* Please Note: The moon will not be visible most of this night. For most people flashlights are not necessary, if you keep them turned off your eyes will naturally adjust to the darkness. If you do choose to bring a flashlight please only use a red-light flashlight. If you do not have a red-light flashlight, please ask at our admissions desk when you arrive for some red cellophane and a rubber band to cover up the lens of your white light flashlights. Otherwise using white light will ruin yours and other visitor's night vision while on the boardwalk.
** The long loop of the boardwalk will be closed for entrance after 8:00 pm, the short loop will remain open until we close at 9:00 pm.