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Thursday, August 28, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve September Events

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Rd.
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration
Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs

Guided Hikes
Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Environmental Lands Division Volunteers
Take a walk through time each Saturday morning on a guided hike along the Education Center Trail. Join us for this 0.75 mile walk as we look at how the land has changed over time and discuss the ecological footprints left by those changes. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.

Ugly Duckling’s Journey to Away
Saturday, September 6, 2008 1:00 pm – 1:45 pm
STAGES Productions, Sarasota, FL

Springtime in the farm yard is a grand time in the Duckling household. But it won’t be grand for long because the garbage is piling up and threatening the environment. When Mama and Papa Duck decide to teach the ugly duckling about the 3 R’s of waste management, his answer is simply to throw all the trash “away.” Join the ugly duckling as he embarks on a thrilling journey, while learning to reduce, reuse and recycle garbage. Witness Ugly’s transformation as he realizes that, when throwing out the trash, there is no such place as “away.” Now that’s beautiful! Join us for the world premiere of this engaging family performance! Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Suitable for families with children of all ages.

Teachers’ Open House
Saturday, September 6, 2008 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek Preserve is the perfect place to connect classroom concepts to the natural world. Four miles of walking trails, a 4,000 square-foot classroom with both indoor and outdoor teaching areas, and more than 20 hands-on discovery-oriented exhibits provide limitless learning opportunities. Join us to speak to an educator about the opportunities available for you and your students. Refreshments will be provided. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Recommended for all teachers.

Meet the Artist – Visions of Florida
Sunday, September 7, 2008 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Jason Hahn, Land O’Lakes, FL

As a professional nature photographer, Jason Hahn specializes in capturing images that illustrate why Florida is such a special place. A certified Florida Master Naturalist, Jason uses his knowledge of ecosystems to capture exceptional photographs of wildlife in their natural environment. He is an active member of the North American Nature Photography Association, and his work has been published in a wide variety of books and magazines including Outdoor Photographer and Florida Wildlife. Jason hikes into what he describes as “the muddiest, buggiest, hottest, and most unforgiving places Florida has to offer” to capture the perfect shot that holds exceptional beauty. He hopes his work helps others understand, appreciate and protect natural places they may never see first-hand. To learn more about this work, visit http://www.jasonhan.com/. Join us for a chance to meet the artist and discuss his work during this free event. Visitors can enjoy this exhibit during normal Center hours through October 26, 2008. Recommended for adults – program suitable for children 12 or older.

Cypress Swamp CafĂ© – Cleaning Your House Green
Wednesday, September 10, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Join us for this series of presentations and discussions to explore ways you can live a more sustainable lifestyle. Each evening includes organic refreshments and shade-grown coffee as well as a presentation or discussion. Do you worry about the safety of your household cleaning products? Many commercially available products contain strong chemicals that can be harmful to you and the environment. Join us to learn how to clean your house green! Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek - Hungry Hoppers: Grasshoppers in Your Backyard
Thursday, September 11, 2008 10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment. This week presents Hungry Hoppers: Grasshoppers in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen. Did you know that if a basketball player could jump like a grasshopper he’d go through the roof! Youngsters learn about these athletic arthropods through this fun and light-hearted book. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended ages: 3 - 5.

Family Creek Adventure
Saturday, September 13, 2008 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek is home to many interesting creatures that must adapt to seasonally changing water levels. Come get your feet wet as we explore the creek in search of its residents, both large and small. Sturdy, closed-toe shoes are a must for this wet and muddy activity. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Recommended for families with children age 7 and up.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, September 14, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Who lives in that skin? What is the difference between a carnivore and an herbivore? Whose tracks are those? Stop by our classroom anytime between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that will answer these questions and many more. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children of all ages.