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Thursday, October 9, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Events

Brooker Creek Preserve
Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.
Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.
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Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

Artist Exhibition - Visions of Florida

Jason Hahn, Land O’ Lakes, Florida

Visitors may enjoy this free exhibit during normal Center hours through October 26, 2008. Jason Hahn specializes in capturing images that illustrate why Florida is such a special place. Jason hikes into what he describes as “the muddiest, buggiest, hottest, and most unforgiving places Florida has to offer” to capture that perfect shot that hold exceptional beauty. He hopes his work helps others understand, appreciate and protect places they may never see first hand. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Teacher Training Workshop

Saturday, October 18, 2008 8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Brooker Creek Preserve is the perfect place to connect classroom concepts to the natural world. This workshop provides teachers with the training and materials necessary to design and lead learning experiences that are tailored to their classroom curriculum goals. Workshops are intended for teachers willing to lead their own field trips, and are required of all teachers before using Center equipment and facilities other than public trails and the exhibit hall. Pre-registration is required. Call and ask for the educator in charge of this workshop for more information or to register. Admission: Free. Recommended for teachers.

Wild Signs Hike

Sunday, October 19, 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.

Movie Night at Brooker Creek – The Secret World of Bats

Wednesday, October 22, 2008 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This 48-minute film, originally shown on CBS television, captures all aspects of bat behavior. Come watch world-renowned cinematographer Dieter Plage as he follows Bat Conservation International founder Merlin Tuttle across five continents. This film features amazing slow-motion photography that reveals the secret lives of bats. Join us after the film as we take an evening stroll to look for some of our local bats and other creatures of the night. Closed-toe comfortable shoes, long pants and insect repellent are recommended and a flashlight is optional for the walk. Pre-registration is required for this program. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 10 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: The Very Busy Spider

Thursday, October 23, 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 The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle. Join us for this delightful tale of a busy little spider as she weaves her web. 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.

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.

Creepy Critters and ‘Boo Time’ Stories

Wednesday, October 29, 2008 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Bring the whole family to learn about Halloween favorites like owls, spiders and bats. Then join us for a short evening hike along the boardwalk to look and listen for common creatures of the night. We will end the evening with a fun ‘boo time’ story. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Closed-toe comfortable shoes, long pants and insect repellant are recommended. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 5 years old or older.