2017 Festival Presenters

WILD ABOUT NATURE PRESENTATIONS – Saturday, January 21, 2017

Events Schedule: Saturday,  January 21

Rotary Wings Over Water Festival 5K Nature Run 7:45 a.m. – 9 a.m.

Festival Opens – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Education Stations

Exhibitions by environmental and community organizations throughout Southwest Florida.


9:15 a.m.             Steve Masek – Live Animals

9:45 a.m.             Jim Hull, History of Southwest Florida

10:30 a.m.           Mark Renz, Florida’s Fabulous Fossils and More

11:15 -noon          “Duck Races” sponsored by the Coldwell Banker Preferred Properties

Noon – 1:30            Steve Masek – Live Animal Talk


About The Presenters:

Southwest Florida History – A focus on Lehigh Acres Prior To Development Encompassing up to Present Day

James “Jim” Hull, PE,PLS,CGC

A fifth generation Floridian and a member of Southwest Florida pioneer family, Jim Hull was born at the old hospital on Victoria Street in Fort Myers.  His family has been in the cattle business dating back to 1855 when his great-great grandfather moved to Melonville (Orlando).  Jim began his surveying career working for Lee County Land & Title Company, under the direction of Gee & Jenson, subdividing Lehigh Acres.  Mr. Hull founded AIM Engineering & Surveying in 1980 which has grown to perform surveying and engineering services throughout the state of Florida.

James will share his knowledge of Southwest Florida History – a true can’t miss presentation!

Steve Masek

Steve “The Snakeman”       Masek will introduce  guests to a variety of invasive, exotic animals that are threatening native populations of Southwest Florida animals.  A long-time friend of the WOW Festival, Steve aims to educate guests and eliminate fearbring along some of the area’s native animals and share their stories.


Mark Renz

Mark Renz, a Fort Myers native, is a fossil guide and author of numerous books on Florida fossils, including “MEGALODON: Hunting the Hunter” (PaleoPress) and “Fossiling in Florida” (University Press of Florida).  During the Second Annual WOW Festival, Mark will share insights on the world of fossiling and will have bones and teeth from the following prehistoric animals on hand:  Mammoth, mastodon, sloth, armadillo, dugong, horse, bison, whale and shark.


His web site is http://www.fossilexpeditions.com.






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