Florida Archaeology Day

Florida Archaeology Day
Saturday, March 2  10 am to 3 pm
Weedon Island Preserve

Join the Florida Public Archaeology Network, the Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education, and the Central Gulf Coast Archaeological Society for a day of fun and archaeology. Free activities throughout the day for the whole family including: reenactments, pottery demonstrations, educational activities, artifacts on display, and much more.

9-10 am: OCEAN HOUR CLEANUP with Justin Riney of Expedition Florida 500 and Mother Ocean, Inc. Limited canoes and kayaks available; to register and for more information, visit http://canoecleanup.eventbrite.com/ Volunteers will use canoes and kayaks to help clean up the difficult-to-reach shorelines of Weedon Island Preserve. 

11 am: MARIA VELASQUEZ - CONQUISTADORA Written and performed by Elizabeth Neily As Maria Velasquez, artist/historian Elizabeth Neily portrays one of the first women to arrive in Florida in 1528 on the Panfilo de Narváez expedition.

1 pm: WEEDON ISLAND CANOE PROJECT - Learn about this ancient canoe during a tour of the conservation lab and research station.

Admission is free; for more information contact go to http://vivatampabay-eorg.eventbrite.com or contact Rebecca O'Sullivan at  (813) 396-2327

Tara LaSalla

Inspiration can sometimes be found in the most unusual ways. For Tara, it came in the form of a movie based on a Peter Benchley novel. Steven Spielberg's version of 'JAWS' became a worldwide phenomenon at the time, but unfortunately it also served to spread a great deal of misinformation about sharks.

Tara was fascinated by these creatures from a young age and throughout her schooling she realized that these fish were vital to the health of the world's oceans. This led her to attend Eckerd College in St Petersburg, FL where she received her degree in marine biology.

Tara currently resides in St. Petersburg, FL. She is the co-owner of Going Green Tampa and is an active community leader in the form of environmental and marine conservation and education. Her work with the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, Tampa Bay Watch and other local organizations continues to inspire those around her to protect our natural resources. She holds true to one of Mahatma Gandhi's principles: "Be the change you want to see in the world."


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