More that 50 volunteers, 15 junior volunteers and 99 members of staff welcomed 827 visitors to Marion Millender Park and the Apalachicola Bay Estuarine Research Reserve (ANERR) for a day of fun and science on Friday, Sept. 23.

It was a busy afternoon. George Watkins, who introduced another generation of youngsters to net fishing again this year, said one group of 70 youngsters arrived by bus.

New this year was a black skimmer activity that taught visitors of all ages about the difficulties of shore nesting birds.

Visitors also got a chance to walk through the ongoing seagrass exhibit upstairs at the ANERR building and participate in the Sea Turtle Extravaganza.

Back were many favorites including the t-shirt giveaway; a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission lionfish exhibit; the Wacky Waterfront Race; net fishing; touch tanks and button making.

There was a snack shack manned by the Franklin County culinary arts students, and FWC staff gave talks about living in bear country.

More than 350 youngsters attended the event and 462 adults. To view a gallery of photos taken at the Estuary Day celebration, visit