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Monday, October 27, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve Events for Last Week of Oct & Early November

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


Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
Center Hours:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays
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Looking at the Past Through the Eyes of Scientists and Artists

Saturday, October 25, 2008 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

David M. Jarzen, Ph.D., Florida Museum of Natural History

Dr. David Jarzen studies fossil pollen, often called the fingerprints
of plants, in order to determine what sorts of plants lived in a
particular place at a particular time. Plants the dinosaurs walked
among share many features with the plants of today. These
similarities allow scientists, with the help of artists, to
reconstruct ancient landscapes. Jarzen and his colleague, Dr. Dale
Russell, worked with sculptor and artist Eleanor Kish to create some
of the most thrilling reconstructions captured on canvas that depict
the world of the dinosaurs! In this lecture, Jarzen uses amusing
anecdotal tales as he discusses how scientists work with artists to
express natural history knowledge through color and beauty.
Pre-registration is requested. There is no fee for this program.
Recommended for adults.

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Artist Exhibition - Visions of Florida - The photography of Jason
Hahn will be on exhibit until October 26, 2008.

Artist Exhibition – Julie Kornblum: Past, Preservation, and Future

The artwork of Julie Kornblum will be on exhibit from November 1
through December 28, 2008.

Julie Kornblum's weaving and basketry are a combination of the
immediate and the ancient. She takes a new look at old traditions by
using post-modern, recycled materials to weave early American
household textile patterns. Her sculptural pieces combine discarded
plastics with coiled basket technique and have won awards in national
juried shows. Julie hopes her work will raise awareness of how our
plastic trash impacts the environment. Visitors can enjoy this
exhibit during normal Center hours November 1 through December 28, 2008.

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Guided Hikes

Saturdays 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

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.

Rags to Riches: Basket-Making From Recyclables Workshop

Saturday, November 1, 2008 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Julie Kornblum, Woodland Hills, CA

Make a recycled basket with fiber artist Julie Kornblum. Learn how to
start, build and shape a coiled basket using a variety of objects
including cast-off and recycled materials. The workshop includes a
discussion of modern and traditional basketry, and the environmental
issues that inspire Julie's work with discarded plastics. No prior
experience or specialized tools needed. Pre-registration required and
space is limited. Admission: $40 per person (includes materials).
Recommended for ages 12 and older.

Meet the Artist – Julie Kornblum: Past, Preservation, and Future

Sunday, November 2, 2008 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Julie Kornblum, Woodland Hills, CA

Julie Kornblum's weaving and basketry are a combination of the
immediate and the ancient. She takes a new look at old traditions by
using post-modern, recycled materials to weave early American
household textile patterns. Her sculptural pieces combine discarded
plastics with coiled basket technique and have won awards in national
juried shows. Julie hopes her work will raise awareness of how our
plastic trash impacts the environment. Come visit the Center to see
this unique fiber art and meet the artist. Pre-registration is not
required for this open reception. To learn more about her work, visit
www.juliekornblum.com. Visitors can enjoy this exhibit during normal
Center hours November 1 through December 28, 2008. Admission: Free.
Recommended for adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Family Night Hikes

Wednesday, November 5, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Wednesday, November 19, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Educational Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Glowing eyes, strange sounds and unusual smells are all experienced as
you awaken your senses during this night hike. Join us for a walk to
experience the Preserve after dark as we look and listen for the
creatures of the night. We will discuss the unique adaptations of
nocturnal animals as we explore the Education Center trails. Sturdy
closed-toe shoes are a must, and a flashlight is optional.
Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free.
Recommended for families with children age 10 and up.

Adult Ecology Workshop: Tree Identification

Friday, November 7, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

John Kunzer, USF Biology Department, Herbarium (Plant Museum)

The Adult Ecology Workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore
focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted
authorities. The workshop presents college-level instruction and is
designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience.
The only prerequisite is a keen interest in the topic. In this
workshop participants learn about common trees and shrubs, how to use
a dichotomous key and practice using the key to identify woody plants
in the field. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.
Admission: $40 per person ($30 for FOBCP, Inc. members). Recommended
for adults.

Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: Modern Floridians in the Age of
Dinosaurs

Saturday, November 8, 2008 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Jeff Klinkenberg, Author

Award-winning columnist and author Jeff Klinkenberg talks about the
fascinating encounters between Homo sapiens -- that's us -- and
Alligator mississippiensis -- that's them -- from the 16th century to
the present. We've worshipped them, feared them, hunted them, eaten
them, written fine literature about them, hunted them some more,
painted pretty pictures of them, and hunted them even more. They're
still here, lying on river banks, slipping through cypress trees,
creeping through the sawgrass, occasionally eating us or our dogs.
They're dinosaurs living in the 21st century. During his
presentation, Klinkenberg insists that you keep your hands inside the
boat. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Recommended for
adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, November 9, 2008 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, November 23, 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.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Leaf Man

Thursday, November 13, 2008 10:30 am – 11:15 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Book Time at Brooker Creek is designed to connect pre-school children
to the wonders of the natural world. Children are treated to a
variety of stories that relate to their environment. This week
features Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert. Those aren't ordinary leaves piled
up in the front yard this fall. This brightly illustrated tale
follows the journey of the leaf man as the wind picks him up and
carries him across the land. 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.

Science Education at Sea Secondary (SEAS) Grades 6 – 12

Saturday, November 15, 2008 8:30 am- 3:30 pm

The Florida Aquarium Staff

Bring SEAS into your classroom! Learn about the diversity of aquatic
life and habitats in Florida's coastal environment and watersheds.
Hands-on activities aligned with Sunshine State Standards are the
perfect way to teach marine sciences. Teachers attending this
educators' workshop will take home lesson plans, teaching resources
and a $50 stipend. To register, visit
http://www.flaquarium.org/Education and click on "Teacher Workshops"
or call (813) 273-4015 for more information. Space is limited so
register early. Recommended for teachers.


Sunday Morning Bird Walk

Sunday, November 16, 2008 9:30 am – 11:30 am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Join us for a morning bird walk along the Center's trails. We will
learn to identify common birds of the Preserve by sight, behavior and
sound. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Sturdy
closed-toe shoes and water are a must. A hat, sunscreen and insect
repellant are recommended. Pre-registration is required and space is
limited. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 10 and up.