​Local Highlight of the Week

See what you can experience with AHNA in South Florida!


 
 

Weather


Bonita Springs is home to warm temperatures year round, and this year’s conference should be no exception. Temperatures are expected to reach as high as the low 90s and fall to the low 70s at night. Humidity maintains around an 80% level and will reach 100% at times. Mild precipitation is also a common occurrence, as Bonita Springs averages 8 inches of rain during the month of June.

To prepare for this weather, sunscreen is a must. To keep your skin healthy, apply sunscreen before prolonged exposure to the sun and reapply sunscreen every two hours you stay outside. Sunglasses and hats are also recommended to help protect from UV and UVB rays. Sunscreen is available in the hotel. Read here for more information on sunscreen and here for more information on Bonita Springs’ weather patterns.




 
 

Lovers Key State Park: 16 Weeks to Conference

Just across Estero Bay is Lovers Key State Park, one of Florida’s most beautiful parks. It is home to dozens of indigenous species and a two mile long beach. Kayak tours are available to see the best parts of the island. The island is a 25 minute car ride away from the conference hotel.

The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown every day. Attendees of AHNAs’ conference have the option to join others for a two-hour boat tour and shelling excursion on June 4th. The guided tour includes a light breakfast and a bag for shelling in the cost. Cost of attendance is $57. 

Call (239) 463-4588 or visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Lovers-Key for more information.

 


 
 

Audubon Corkscrew Swamp Secretary: 17 Weeks to Conference

A 45 minute drive east from the conference hotel puts you right in the middle of a 13,000 acre preserve, home to the Florida ecosystem in its natural habitat. Many resident species rely on the Everglades’ freshwater wetlands that Audubon works so hard to protect. Along the boardwalk, you will find a pristine wilderness that dates back more than 500 years. A 2.25 mile path meanders through pine flatwoods, wet prairie, around a marsh and finally into the largest old growth Bald Cypress forest in North America. Bring your camera as you will be assured that there are stunning photo opportunities available at every turn of the boardwalk trail. Attendees of AHNA’s conference have the option to join a tour of the sanctuary Friday, June 3. Cost of attendance is $40. Visit http://corkscrew.audubon.org for more information.


 
 

Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre: 18 Weeks to Conference


20 miles north of the conference hotel is Broadway Palm Dinner theatre, a 450-seat theatre that has been entertaining locals and tourists from across the world since 1993. Attendees of AHNAs’ conference have the option to join others in attending Menopause: The Musical on June 2nd. Cost of attendance is $75. Visit http://www.broadwaypalm.com/ for more information.



 
 

ECHO Global Farm Tour: 19 Weeks to Conference

The ECHO Global Farm is a “living classroom” in which development workers, and others working overseas, can see simple farming techniques and technologies for use around the world. The ECHO team gathers solutions from around the world that are addressing hunger problems and disseminate them to their active network. These solutions promote sustainable farming techniques, nutritional plants, and appropriate technologies for the environment. 

35 minutes north of the conference hotel, ECHO’s Global Farm Tour is a fascinating guided, walking tour of the most creative working farm you have ever experienced. You will find demonstrations, plants, and techniques useful to farmers and urban gardeners in developing countries, as well as explore rain-forest habitats, stop at a simulated rural school and witness urban gardening techniques that allow gardens on rooftops. You will also see some simple technologies and visit their friendly farm animals.

Attendees of AHNA’s conference have the option to join a tour of the farm Wednesday, June 1st. Cost of attendance is $52. Visit http://echonet.org/global-farm-tours for more information.


 
 

Sunset Dolphin Cruises: 20 Weeks to Conference


Sit back, relax and enjoy this two-hour cruise on the backwaters of Estero Bay. Take in the breathtaking sights and sounds of Mother Nature as she settles in for a colorful sunset. Taking in the view, you are ensured to see some dolphins dancing in the waves. You won’t want to miss this unique experience. Attendees of AHNAs’ conference have the option to join others in attending the cruise on May 31st. Cost of attendance is $55.

 



 
 


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