What's Inside the Nature Center
Learn about the island, its animals and plants,
and the different natural communities where they live all come to life
island's interesting past cultural history is represented as well.
Enjoy the shell displays, geology exhibit and touch tables. Watch short
videos, listen to the sounds, and discover hidden treasures.
and families can enjoy the free indoor scavenger hunt, puppets and
toys, treasure chest. Use the interactive station to learn about
weather, common birds and wildflowers, tides, nesting birds, sea turtle
nests and more.
Step outside and enjoy the expansive view of St. Joseph Sound, and the
mangroves and seagrass beds below. Take a casual walk along the new nature
center trail and discover native Florida plants and animals.
inside the nature center, numerous
birds are depicted in flight overhead, and friendly nature center staff
is here to answer questions about the discoveries of your day on the
island. Get a trail map, and find out about our different beach areas
and miles of walking and hiking trails.
Watch for our all new through-the-park bike trail coming soon.
Find out about upcoming classes,
nature walks and special events. Stop back again for fresh observations
and another brand new day on this dynamic barrier island.
Learn to love barrier islands:
Become aware of the dynamics of barrier islands: At Honeymoon Island, every day is different! The Island is always changing shape and size, and things come and go along the way.
Recognize the ecology of St. Joseph Sound: Learn
about animals and plants, on land and in the water. Find out about
different nature areas such as sand dunes, sea grass beds, tidal pools,
sunny coastal areas and shaded woody areas.
Understand the concepts of environmental ethics: Find out everything that makes this place so great, and learn to keep it that way and better!
Differentiate between seasonal subtleties: Cooler
days in winter make for great hiking weather, sunny summers are for the
beach and swimming in the gulf, or finding shade in the woods and
quietly watching wildlife. Windy days are for sailing and kite flying.
Rain makes the wildflowers bloom, and big storms bring the surfers. Low
tides and high tides bring shore birds and shells!
Identify human impacts on the island: We
can drive to the island, park our cars and picnic. We can get a snack,
rent a kayak, take a ferry ride, fish off the sea wall, and exercise on
the trails. It's fun to enjoy the beach, and our pets even have their
very own beach!
Become inspired to learn more about the region: What
other islands are in the area? How old is this island? Who lived here,
and what has happened in the past? What kind of fish can I catch? Can I
see dolphin and Manatees? How about sea turtles?
Art Exhibits at the
Rotary Centennial Nature Center
About the Artist:
David Lawrence Photography
Exhibit OpeningTuesday October 24, 2017 - 7:00 p.m.Doors open at 6:30 p.m.There will be a reception with light refreshments.Originals and prints are available for purchase.At the Rotary Centennial Nature CenterHoneymoon Island State Park1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698
Center Open Daily 9 am to 5 pmPark Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. to Sunset
David Lawrence is a member of the following professional organizations:
· American Society of Media Photographers
· North American Nature Photographers Association
· Professional Association of Visual Artists
· Industry Partner of ASID
curiosity has been fueled by a degree in environmental biology and
extensive travel on assignment. I see our world as a giant collage made
up of unlimited small elements. My work ranges from large scale
panoramics to detailed macro views. Sometimes looking at the "whole
scene" and other times studying the geometry and colors of the details.
evolving, my photographic career has journeyed from the world of
corporate clients and international picture agencies to creating murals
and artwork from my personal image collection.
My work has been
published on the covers of Time Magazine, Business Week and annual
report covers for McDonalds and URS. In addition, my murals and wall
art can be seen installed in hospitals, embassies and corporate board
Through my photography, I hope to inspire people to
become more diligent in making balanced choices concerning our natural
environment and historical landmarks. Our world is very precious. We
must constantly educate ourselves on better and more productive ways to
utilize the earth's limited resources while still preserving its
wilderness and natural beauty. My hope is that future generations will
be able to find places to see and experience the Creator's handiwork.
exhibit features images from my personal collection of photographs
created during my travels. Current digital technology enables us to
print large scale photographic images right in our studio. I prefer the
look and feel of images printed using pigmented inks and archival
papers and artist canvas to the previous "wet chemistry process". And
the process is much friendlier to our environment."
About this exhibit: This exhibit features photographic works from David Lawrence. - Friends of the Island Parks would like to thank PAVA and Linda Stump for volunteer exhibit support services.
Professional Association of Visual Artists
PO Box 2665 Dunedin, FL 34697-2665Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Island Parks.
About The Professional Association
of Visual Artists (PAVA)
PAVA is a state-wide
organization of working artists with over 160 members, a
large number of the artists are located in the Tampa Bay Area. PAVA is a
not for profit, 503C organization. Its mission is to provide
member artists with collaborative interaction and opportunities to
exhibit their work in a variety of public and private forums. PAVA
works with the communities to foster art education, to support the art
programs of the communities and to foster growth for emerging artists.
artists work in a variety of 2-D and 3-D media including but not
limited to: Oils, Acrylics, Watercolors, Colored Pencil, Charcoal,
Photography, Mixed media, Paper, Clay, Jewelry & Metal.
exhibited in PAVA shows must be original works of fine art quality and
professional presentation. No giclees or reproductions are permitted.
Buy / sell items and commercially produced items are strictly
prohibited. The PAVA exhibit committee curates all PAVA shows to insure
aesthetic presentation of a consistent body of work.
two indoor juried events yearly. The Cool Show is held each year in
July. The 2Cool Show is in February. Additional information about the
Cool and 2Cool shows is available at www.pava-artists.org.
PAVA partnered with Dunedin Fine Arts Center to fund a series of art
scholarships. PAVA also entered into a joint project with Westfield
Countryside Mall, to create an art exhibit area near the theaters and
Sears. The PAVA exhibit coordinator designed the display facility,
coordinated its construction and selects and installs the art work for
Throughout the year, PAVA seeks additional public and private venues for exhibits open to all members.
in 2016 included Charter Communications Corporate Center (annual
contract), Octagon Gallery (February, March), Suntan Galleries (March),
Clearwater Library (Summer), Palm Harbor Library (September, October)
and Tampa Library (November, December).
2017 PAVA Exhibits: Largo Library (February), Carrollwood Cultural Center (March –
April), The Nature Center at Honeymoon Island (May – September),
Gallery HC3 at Hillsborough Community College (September – December),
Clearwater Library (October – November), Charter Communications (annual