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THE RIVER - JULY 31, 2015
Pure Florida’s Fort Myers
location will present an Eco-
Cruise tour to Picnic Island
on Saturday, August 8, from 8
to 11:30 a.m . The 3.5 hour eco-
adventure includes a narrated
cruise along the Caloosahatchee
River and a guided tour of Picnic
Island, a natural, uninhabited island
located between Sanibel and Pine
During the Eco-Cruise to Picnic
Island excursion, guests will have the
opportunity to bask in the sunshine
and experience the natural beauty of
Southwest Florida. While discover-
ing the island, explorers can enjoy
leisurely walking amidst black and
white mangroves, playing in sand,
shelling and fishing. Visitors will also
have the opportunity to observe
wildlife native to the Caloosahatchee
River and Picnic Island, including
dolphins, manatee, birds and other
animals and plants.
Eco-Cruise tours are guided by
Coast Guard-certified captains and
master naturalists and highlight the
history of the Caloosahatchee River
and the accomplishments of Thomas
Edison and Henry Ford during their
time spent at the nearby Edison &
Ford Winter Estates in Fort Myers. Registration for the tour is $39 per person, and the
M/V Edison Explorer departs from The Marina at Edison Ford, located at 2360 W.
First Street in Fort Myers.
The Eco-Cruise to Picnic Island is a popular attraction for voyagers of all ages.
Bottled water and light snacks will be provided and additional refreshments are available
for purchase. Reservations are required. For more information or to book your ticket,
call 919-2965, email info@PureFortMyers.com or visit www.PureFortMyers.com.
Pure Florida Presents Eco-Cruise To Picnic Island
Get Your Kids Outside And Learning
With The Help Of Lucky The TurfMutt
Parents, are you worried your child is getting a little too much screen time and
not enough learning and sunshine? A real-life rescue dog named Lucky can
Lucky is the TurfMutt, a dog who was rescued from the side of a busy highway.
Now living in a happy home, Lucky is “pawing it forward” by inspiring children to care
for green spaces while learning science. And your child can join the TurfMutt on his
mission to save the planet, one yard at a time.
Designed for children in grades K to 5, the TurfMutt environmental stewardship and
education program uses a unique cartoon-based story-telling format to make science
accessible, entertaining and engaging for children and their families.
Scholastic Education, the world’s largest education provider, has brought Lucky and
his team of cartoon superheroes – known as The Outdoor Powers – to more than
1 million children in 35,000 classrooms and more than half a million teachers. The
Outdoor Powers, which include Green Ranger, Professor Botany, Water Warrior, the
Oxygenator and Big Rooty, help TurfMutt fight environmental villains like Carbon
Creep, Dust Demon, Dr. Runoff and Heat Freak. TurfMutt and his friends invite chil-
dren to join them on their adventures and chip in to become good environmental
The program website – www.TurfMutt.com – offers take-home sheets and learning
activities for families, interactive games for children and a digital storybook. An online
writing tool also helps children create their own stories. Parents, teachers and home-
schoolers can also download lesson plans. Videos offer tips on going green and a blog
shares advice weekly on how improve your yard.
In the backyard science activities, kids can explore how grass keeps water and
air clean and the planet cooler, how plants make rivers and lakes healthier, and how
grass helps to prevent water pollution. The program’s materials are free and aligned
to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) standards for grades K to 5.
They’re also lots of fun.
Liam Ellis of Sewickley, Pennsylvania recently won the TurfMutt Be A Backyard
Superhero contest with a story about TurfMutt.
“I thought it would be a cool thing to do a comic strip because I enjoy reading
those. It was pretty fun,” said Ellis. “[My story] was about how the hillside next to the
parking lot, when it rains, the mud comes off the hills and into the street because we
don’t have much grass to hold (the soil) it in. Also, our field doesn’t have trees so it’s
very hot in the summer. My story shows how you can stop water runoff.”
Funded and managed by the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute’s (OPEI) Research
and Education Foundation, the TurfMutt program has been applauded by educators,
youth and families. Since its inception in 2009, the program has reached 38 mil-
lion students, teachers and families and is listed as a resource on the websites of the
Environmental Protection Agency, the U.S. Department of Energy, the Outdoors
Alliance for Kids, the Center for Green Schools, and many others.
“Any child can be a backyard superhero, just like Lucky the TurfMutt,” said Kris
Kiser, president and CEO of OPEI and Lucky’s rescuer. “We hope that parents and
children enjoy the online educational materials featuring TurfMutt and his friends. Our
goal is to inspire people to go outside and take care of green spaces, which benefits our
families and communities for generations to come. It’s all about ‘pawing’ it forward.”
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