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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Programs for August

Brooker Creek Preserve
Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Rd. Tarpon Springs, FL 3468

Education Center hours:
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The center is closed Mondays, Tuesdays and holidays.
For more information about the Education Center,
please call 727-453-6800


Prince of Frogs Musical Performance

Saturday, August 16, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

STAGE Productions, Sarasota, FL

Enjoy this fun musical theater production based on the classic fairy tale that has been transformed to introduce the concepts of water use, conservation and the environment to children in grades kindergarten through 5. Explore the story of “Kingdom Waste-A-Lot” as the lack of rain and the citizens’ wasteful habits result in serious water shortages in the land. Watch as the Prince of Frogs transforms the land into the Conservation Kingdom. Pre-registration required. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 5 – 10 years old.



Wild Signs Hike

Sunday, August 17, 2008 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Everyone has a sign, even wild things. The many creatures that live in Brooker Creek Preserve leave signs of their daily activities. Join us for a walk along the Education Center Trail to look for and learn how to decipher these wild signs. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Spaces are limited, so register early! Recommended for families with children ages 10 and up.



Wednesday Night Movie – In the Company of Wild Butterflies

Wednesday, August 20, 2008 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Witness the lives of wild butterflies as they’ve never been filmed before in this new nature documentary produced by Alpha Spectrum, Inc. This amazing film reveals details such as caterpillars hatching from eggs, butterflies emerging from their chrysallis, and butterflies “smelling” with their feet. BYOP (bring your own popcorn) for this amazing trip into the secret world of butterflies. After the film, visit our butterfly garden and pick up handy tips for creating a native butterfly nursery in your own backyard. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for all ages.



Simple Steps to Help Injured and Baby Birds

Saturday, August 23, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Michelle Simoneau, Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary

Simple steps make a huge difference when protecting our environment and wildlife. Most of the birds rescued and rehabilitated by the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary are injured by human activities. Join us to learn how to tell if a baby bird needs help and what to do if you find an injured bird. You can become a bird protector by making their environment less harmful! One of the Sanctuary’s resident birds will attend this program. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children ages 8 and up.



Book Time at Brooker Creek – Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf

Thursday, August 28, 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 features Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert. Follow the life of a sugar maple from seed to beautiful tree in collage-style art. 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.



The Wild Side of Your Neighborhood

Saturday, August 30, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

You don’t have to visit a wilderness area to observe wildlife. Your own suburban yard can be home to many wild things. Join us for this introduction to creating backyard wildlife habitat and find out how to walk on the ‘wild side’ of your neighborhood. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.



Young Naturalist Walk

Sunday, August 31, 2008 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Children are fascinated by the smallest of outdoor wonders. Join us for a short walk along the Center’s trails to discover the nature of Brooker Creek Preserve. We use all of our senses to bring out the naturalist in children of every age. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are necessary; water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children ages 5 – 10.



Art Exhibition - Bottomlands

Kelly Adams, School of Art, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Much of Kelly Adam’s work over the last 20 years revolves around estuary, swamp and lowland waterway ecology. Using charcoal and graphite, this East Carolina University professor heightens our awareness of the beauty and uniqueness of these ecosystems, while cultivating an understanding of the innate value they hold. Visitors may enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through August 21, 2008.