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Friday, September 26, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve October Programs

Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.
Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.
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3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
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Exploring Epiphytes

Saturday, September 27, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

How are pineapples related to stranglers? What important ice cream ingredient is found on tree branches? Epiphytes, or air plants, grow on the trees from Brooker Creek Preserve to your own backyard. Join us for a hands-on exploration into the world of these fascinating plants. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Fall Migration Bird Walk

Sunday, September 28, 2008 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

The migration season is upon us, and those feathered marathon flyers are beginning to appear in Florida as they travel toward the tropics. Join us for a pleasant stroll along the trails to search for migratory birds. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Closed-toe comfortable shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended for

BCPEEC – October 2008 Events

Wednesday Evening Walks

Wednesday, October 1, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, October 15, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Many animals are most active at dawn and dusk, the time when nature’s day shift has ended but the night shift has yet to begin. Join us for a pleasant evening stroll as we discuss the ways many living things are adapted to make the best use of the twilight hours. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must; water and insect repellant are optional. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up.

Fall Migration Bird Hikes

Thursday, October 2, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 9, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 16, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 23, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Thursday, October 30, 2008 8:00 am – 9:30 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Join us every Thursday morning in October for a bird hike on the Preserve. We will search for migratory birds as these feathered marathon flyers travel toward the tropics. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Closed-toe comfortable shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended for this hike. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 10 and up.

Guided Hikes

Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Saturday, October 18, 2008 9:00 am 11:00 am

Saturday, October 25, 2008 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.

Fall for Florida Native Plants - Native Plant Sale

Saturday, October 4, 2008 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Pinellas County Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society

A variety of native plants that add beauty and attract wildlife to your landscape will be available at this fall plant sale. Attend workshops throughout the day. Then stop by the sale to spice up your fall landscaping with native plants. Please call the Center for more information and a schedule of the day’s activities. Admission: Free. Recommended for all ages.

Photography Workshop: "Ten Tips to Better Nature Photography"

Sunday, October 5, 2008 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Jason Hahn, Land O’Lakes, FL

Join nature photographer Jason Hahn as he hosts a photography workshop focused on helping you improve your nature photography skills. The workshop includes both field and classroom sessions, and is suited for photographers of all skill levels. Jason focuses on a hands-on, practical application of concepts in the field in real shooting situations with instruction not just in technique, but also in the natural world you will explore. Pre-registration is required. Admission: $30/person. Recommended for adults – program suitable for children 12 and older.

Fall Butterfly Identification Seminar and Count

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 7:00pm – 9:00 pm Identification Seminar

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:30 am – 2:00 pm Count

Ecological Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

The Environmental Lands Division is gearing up for another Fall Butterfly Count at Brooker Creek Preserve. Volunteers of all levels are needed to assist with this monitoring program. Interested volunteers are encouraged to attend the Butterfly Identification Seminar on Wednesday at the Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center. Those interested in helping with the Fall Butterfly Count should meet at the Pinellas County Biological Field Station on Saturday by 9:30 am. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 12 and up. Pre-registration for the seminar and count is required. Call (727) 453-6900 for information, directions, and registration.

Cypress Swamp Café - Home Invaders

Wednesday, October 8, 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. This week features home invaders, those other creatures that live in your house. Spiders, roaches and mice are just a few of the creatures that can be found sharing your home. Join us to learn how to appreciate some common home invaders and environmentally friendly ways to discourage them. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 10 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Stellaluna

Thursday, October 9, 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 Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is the story of a young bat that finds herself in a bird’s nest and is forced to behave like a bird. She eventually shows her bird siblings about life as a bat, which prompts them to investigate the differences between birds and bats. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required for this program. Spaces are limited so register early! Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Walking Stick Carving Workshop

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Bob Marek, Clearwater, FL

Woodcarver Bob Marek has been teaching carving in Pinellas County for over 25 years and has taught workshops at a wide variety of city and county facilities. He will have staffs available equipped with blanks for several different animals, birds and fish, or you can bring your own wood to carve. Carving tools will be available. Pre-registration required. Admission: $50/person (own wood) or $60/person (wood provided); Recommended for adults – program suitable for beginners through advanced students.

Woodburning Workshop

Saturday, October 11, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Carolyn Marek, Clearwater, FL

Woodburning, or pyrography, is the art of burning a design or pattern into a natural wood surface. Participants learn to control and develop tonal depths of shading and highlighting using woodburning tools. With guidance and a little practice, you will be able to woodburn with confidence and expertise. All woodburning tools and wood are provided. You can bring your own wood to practice on. Pre-registration required. Admission: $50/person (if bringing wood) or $60/person (wood provided). Recommended for adults – program suitable for beginners to advanced students.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, October 12, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, October 26, 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.