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Exciting events coming at Brooker Creek Preserve
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Exciting events coming at Brooker Creek Preserve

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday July 11, July 18 and July 25, youngsters continue to be treated to the ever-popular Book-Time at Brooker. For 45-minutes, tots ages 3 to 5 have the opportunity to connect to the wonders of the natural world through stories and crafts, games or other hands-on activities.  

Attention adult readers. The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve continue hosting a one-hour Brooker Book Club monthly beginning at 9:30 a.m. Books selected include works by Florida authors, past and present, with archaeology, biography, politics and history storylines. The book to be discussed on Saturday, July 6, is Star Island by Carl Hiaasen.  As seating is limited advance registration is suggested.  

On Saturday, July 6, 20 and 27, hikers see how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. The hike is about 0.75-miles and 90-minutes long, and requires closed-toe shoes, water and hat. Best for ages 6 and older. Advance registration required.  

Join a Brooker Creek naturalist on Friday, July 12, for a two-hour botany hike, exploring the fascinating plants found on the preserve while identifying wildflowers, ferns, epiphytes and trees. Beginning at 9 a.m., the ecology of various plant communities will also be examined. This hike is best suited for adults who should come prepared with cameras and questions. Advance registration required.    

A Saturday, July 13, hike is designed to identify common birds of Brooker Creek Preserve. Meander along the one-mile trail during this 90-minute hike beginning at 8 a.m., gathering information on the birds seen and heard. Binoculars will be helpful. Bring water.  

Just for young people ages 5 to 18 who like bugs and dirt, a newly formed club, the 4-H Brooker Creek Explorers Club, is seeking new members. Meetings are twice a month. Explore a new environmental topic from trees to bees and everything in between. Members receive an age-specific booklet which enables you to continue working outside of the meeting times. The July meetings are from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and on Wednesday, July 31. Advance registration required.  

Join a local natural resources agent on Friday, July 19 for this two-hour forestry hike along two miles of boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Beginning at 9 a.m., participants should come prepared with binoculars, cameras and questions. Questions can also be researched in the resource room upon return to the education center.  

Ever wish you knew the names of the trees found locally? Join a local natural resource agent on Saturday, July 20, as she discusses the basics on how to identify trees in your area. This 90-minute presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes a guided tree identification walk through the preserve. Advance registration required.  

Beginning on Monday, July 22, the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Extension Service are teaming up with St. Petersburg College to offer a free fun and informative week-long workshop for pre-service elementary education students and elementary teachers with a focus on environmental education.  Each 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. day will feature different environmental subjects. Professional speakers will provide background knowledge to participants. Advance registration required.  

Join an experienced naturalist on Friday, July 26, on a hike along the boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. This 9 to 10:30 a.m., free wildlife hike will be a learning experience for everyone. Come prepared with binoculars, cameras and questions. Any questions your hike guide cannot answer will be researched in the resource room upon return to the Education Center. Advance registration required.  

Join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve Saturday, July 27 and get gardening hands dirty at the preserve’s free 8 to 10 a.m. wildflower garden club. Bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided. Advance registration required.  

The ongoing exhibit, Windows to Our Wildest Place, continues every Thursday through Saturday during regular center hours at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center. These hands-on, educational exhibits help visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. 

 

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