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Summer camp programs keep county kids content

Registration is now open for one-week children’s summer camps at Brooker Creek and Weedon Island preserves.

Brooker Creek Preserve

The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve offer two one-week Toad-ally Terrific camps for young adventurers ages 9 to 11. The camps, led by certified elementary classroom teachers, are designed for youth with a strong interest in experiencing a hands-on, up-close investigation of the various plants and animals that inhabit Brooker Creek Preserve.

The Toad-ally Terrific camps, scheduled for June 18 to 22 and June 25 to 29, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., are $150 per child.  The camp includes an optional overnight campout on Thursday. Space is limited, so early registration is recommended.

For more information or to register your children for the Toad-ally Terrific camp, please call (727) 934-2680 or email info@friendsofbrookercreekpreserve.org.  

Brooker Creek Preserve will also offer Herpetology and Wildlife Ecology camps for children ages 7 to 11.

Herpetology Camp participants will explore the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles through close encounters with a variety of animals, including tortoises, frogs, lizards and snakes, while Wildlife Ecology Camp participants will learn about the ecology of Florida’s wildlife and natural habitats through hands-on activities, classroom sessions and guest presentations. The camps will be led by wildlife biologist and environmental educator George L. Heinrich.

The Herpetology Camp, July 23 to 27, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wildlife Ecology camp, July 30 to Aug. 3, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., are limited to 30 participants, based on the sign-up date and receipt of the $150 registration fee.

For more information or to register your child, please contact Heinrich Ecological Services, (727) 865-6255, or email george@heinrichecologicalservices.com.

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. It is operated by the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open Thursday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed Sunday through Wednesday and 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

The Pinellas County summer schedule includes a Herpetology Camp and Wildlife Ecology Camp for children ages 7 to 11 at Weedon Island Preserve.

Herpetology Camp participants will explore the fascinating world of amphibians and reptiles through close encounters with a variety of animals, including tortoises, frogs, lizards and snakes, while Wildlife Ecology Camp participants will learn about the ecology of Florida’s wildlife and natural habitats through hands-on activities, classroom sessions and guest presentations. The camps will be led by wildlife biologist and environmental educator George L. Heinrich.

The Herpetology Camp runs from July 9 to 13, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the Wildlife Ecology Camp runs July 16 to 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They are limited to 30 participants each, based on the sign-up date and receipt of the $150 registration fee.

For more information or to register your child, please contact Heinrich Ecological Services, (727) 865-6255, or email george@heinrichecologicalservices.com .

Weedon Island also offers Exploring the Past – Archaeology Summer Camps, for campers ages 7 to 11.

The camp is designed for children with a strong interest in prehistory and history as well as learning how early people interacted with their environment. Campers will learn about the importance of archaeology and will gain understanding about early natural resources that were necessary for life in the Tampa Bay region. Highlights of the camps include guest experts, tour of an archaeological site, hands-on archaeology, lab analysis, pottery making, atlatl adventure and earning the certificate of Tommy the Tortoise, Junior Archaeologist.

There are two Archeology Summer Camp sessions, from June 25 to 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and July 23 to 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The cost is $150 for each camp session.

For more information, contact Florida Public Archaeology Network (813) 396-2328, or email crharper@usf.edu.

To learn more about the 2012 Pinellas County summer camps visit www.pinellascounty.org/summercamps

Weedon Island Preserve protects more than 3,700 acres of natural ecosystems and is located at 1800 Weedon Drive N.E. 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.

The Cultural and Natural History Center in the preserve welcomes visitors Thursday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The center is closed Sunday through Wednesday and all Pinellas County holidays. The center features the permanent exhibit, Connecting People and Place, which is an art-inspired, hands-on educational approach to the area’s history, ecology and people.

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.

Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in these programs, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062 (Voice/TDD).

For more information on Pinellas County services and programs, visit www.pinellascounty.org, now with LiveChat, or create a shortcut to www.pinellascounty.org/mobile on any smartphone.

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