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Preserve events in August
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Preserve events in August

Pinellas County, Florida -- Brooker Creek Preserve and Weedon Island Preserve both have exciting events in the upcoming months:

Brooker Creek Preserve

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. each Thursday in August, 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.

For the adult readers, the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve continues 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 archeology, biography, politics and history storylines. The book to be discussed on Saturday, Aug. 3, is Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida by Gary R. Mormino. As seating is limited advance registration is suggested. 

Brooker Creek Preserve is known for the number of free hikes available throughout the preserve. On Saturday, Aug. 3, 17, 24 and 31 hikers see how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on a 0.75 mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended on this 90-minute hike beginning at 9 a.m. Best for ages 6 and older. Advance registration required.

Join a Brooker Creek naturalist on Friday, Aug. 9, for a botany hike to explore the fascinating plants found on the preserve while identifying wildflowers, ferns, epiphytes, trees and more. The ecology of various plant communities will also be examined. This two-hour hike, best suited for adults, begins at 9 a.m. Come prepared with a camera and questions. Please register in advance.

On Saturday, Aug. 10, bird lovers will enjoy this 8 to 10:30 a.m. hike to identify common birds of Brooker Creek Preserve. Meander along the one-mile trail to gather information on the birds seen and heard. Binoculars will be helpful. Bring water

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 17, UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension Agent Lara Miller will introduce a relatively new resident to Pinellas County, the coyote. Lara will explore the life history of the coyote as well as its ability to adapt and survive in urban environments during this 90-minute presentation. It is not rare to see a coyote in Pinellas. Come and learn about this nocturnal creature and its presence in the area. Advance registration required for this free program.

What makes the swordfish the fastest fish in the sea? Why do barracuda have sharp teeth? On Saturday, Aug. 24, during Going Coastal – Fish Form and Function UF/IFAS Pinellas County Sea Grant Extension Agent Libby Carnahan will present the relationship between fish form and function. Bring a blank t-shirt, reusable bag, or item of your choice to use for fish printing following the lesson. This 10:30 a.m. to noon session is suitable for all ages.

Join the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve’s wildflower garden club on Saturday, Aug. 31, to get gardening hands dirty in the preserve’s wildflower garden. Bring garden gloves and hat. Morning snacks are usually provided during this two-hour session beginning at 8 a.m. Free; advance registration required.

Don’t miss Brooker Creek Preserve’s ongoing exhibit Windows to Our Wildest Place. These permanent, hands-on educational exhibits help visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center, 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; closed all Pinellas County holidays. (727) 453-6800; www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Brooker Creek Preserve protects more than 8,700 acres of natural ecosystems and is located at 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs. The preserve, the horse trails and the Friends Trail are open daily and holidays.

The Environmental Education Center in the preserve features interactive exhibits and 22 discovery-oriented experiences that are fun for the entire family. The center is operated by the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed on all Pinellas County holidays.

To learn more about Brooker Creek Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call (727) 453-6800. To register for programs and events visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org. Videos featuring Brooker Creek Preserve can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.

Weedon Island Preserve

Weedon Island Preserve continues offering numerous opportunities available for hikers. Each Saturday, hikers can learn about the ecosystems and early residents of the preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and boardwalks through mangrove forests. This two-hour hike, beginning at 9 a.m. is best for ages 6 and older. Advance registration required. 

Friday, August 9, join the great Weedon bird quest to learn the identifying marks and behaviors of the feathered year-round residents and seasonal visitors while assisting in compiling an annual checklist of the preserve's birds. This two-hour hike, starting at 8 a.m., is designed to take advantage of all levels of birding experience. Binocular and bird guides are available. Advance registration required. 

On Saturday, August 17, a special two-hour programs is designed for adult photographers to hone their skills in search of that perfect photo. After a brief classroom session beginning at 8 a.m., preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve and specific wildlife behaviors to help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve. Advance registration required. 

Florida is home to 46 species of native snakes. However, some snakes have been introduced into natural areas of Florida and do not belong there. Come to Weedon Island Preserve on Saturday, Aug.  3 at 10 a.m., for a 90-minute live animal program to learn about exotic snakes of Florida. Advance registration required for this program, recommended for all ages.

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

 

Want to grow vegetables or thinking about gardening in a school or community garden? Join Pinellas County Urban Horticulture Extension Agent Theresa Badurek on Friday, Aug. 9, for an introduction to setting up a vegetable garden in Pinellas County. Learn about site selection and layout, great veggies and varieties for our area, and more during this 90-minute session beginning at 10 a.m. Advance registration required for this program, recommended for adults.

 

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. Beginning at 1 p.m., on Saturday, Aug. 10, the group will learn about fish fins, shapes, gills and more during this two-hour fish anatomy and fish printing class, part of the Going Coastal series. Bring a blank t-shirt, reusable bag or item of your choice for fish printing following the lesson. Advance registration required.

 

The Connecting People and Place exhibit continues. This art-inspired, permanent hands-on educational exhibit reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center, 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Saturday; closed all Pinellas County holidays. (727) 453-6500; www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

 

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.

 

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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