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Celebrate July at Weedon Island Preserve events
Celebrate July at Weedon Island Preserve events

Pinellas County, Florida -- Numerous hiking opportunities continue at Weedon Island Preserve in July. Each Saturday beginning at 9 a.m., participants learn about the ecosystems and early residents of Weedon Island Preserve in these two-hour guided hikes. The hikes along the coastal uplands and along boardwalks through mangrove forests are best for ages 6 and older.  

Join the family fun at Weedon Island Preserve from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. for Weedon the Beautiful Photo Adventure Scavenger Hunt. Bring digital cameras and pick up the list of clues at the front desk at the center. Complete the list and share photos with one of the volunteers to collect a prize. Remember to bring water, snacks and sunscreen for this outdoors event.  

in the Great Weedon Bird Quest on Friday, July 12, to learn the identifying marks and behaviors of both feathered year-round residents and seasonal visitors while assisting in compiling an annual checklist of the preserve’s birds. This two-hour hike begins at 8 a.m. and is recommended for adults It is designed to take advantage of all levels of birding experience. Binoculars and bird guides are available; advance registration required.  

Join archaeologists as they study ancient shells from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13. Learn about the diets and tools of prehistoric Floridians, as well as the environments in which they lived. Learn to identify different shell types from around the Tampa Bay area and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about the past. Advance registration required.  

A two-hour hike on Saturday, July 20, is the perfect opportunity for adult photographers to hone their skills. After a classroom session beginning at 8 a.m. highlighting specific wildlife behaviors and focus tips, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty outdoors. Advance registration required.  

Discover the hidden world of the estuary with some of the smallest critters that live in Tampa Bay in this Going Coastal series: Discover the World of Plankton. Plankton is a diverse group of organisms suspended in the water of estuaries, oceans and all other bodies of water. Microscopes will help reveal these fascinating live creatures. Just stop by from 1 to 3 p.m., for this self guided activity for ages 8 and older.  

The Wee-Time at Weedon program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m., children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. These free programs are recommended for ages 3 to 5.  

Weedon Island Preserve protects more than 3,700 acres of natural ecosystems and is located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg. The preserve is operated under the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open to the public seven days a week, including holidays, from 7 a.m. to 15 minutes before sunset. Its many outdoor activities include walking trails, a fishing pier and a canoe/kayak launch.  

Pinellas County Extension offers classes, programs and activities at the Cultural and Natural History Center. The center features the permanent exhibit, Connecting People and Place, an art-inspired, hands-on educational exhibit which reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. The center is open Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.  

To learn more about Weedon Island Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call (727) 453-6500. To register for programs and events visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. Videos featuring Weedon Island Preserve can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.


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