Welcome to Learning is for Everyone of Tampa

LIFE of Tampa welcomes everyone, of all races, ethnicities, religions, family compositions, sexual orientations, learning styles, lifestyles, abilities and disabilities, and asks only that rules of civility, kindness and compassion be honored by all, for all.

This homepage and our online discussion group serve as an announcement and resource list for a variety of activities and events.

Visit LIFE of Florida for a great list of statewide and general learning resources.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Brooker Creek Preserve - Upcoming Events, Dec.3-13

Call (727) 453-6800 for information and registration.

Registration is required for some and appreciated for all programs.

Brooker Creek Preserve will never share your email address.

If you would like to be removed from this list, please reply by placing remove and your name in the subject line.

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


Family Night Hikes

Wednesday, December 3 & 17 2008 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Education 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: Fungi: Exploring the Wood-Wide-Web

Friday, December 5, 2008 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Dr. Diane TeStrake – Professor of Biology, University of South Florida

The Adult Ecology Workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore focused topics in natural history under the guidance of noted authorities. Hands-on field and laboratory investigations teach ecology, use of taxonomic keys, and techniques. The workshop will present college-level instruction and is designed to accommodate participants with a broad range of experience. Amateur botanists are welcome, as are those wanting to improve their current skills.

This workshop is an introduction to fungi -- their taxonomy, morphology, physiology, ecology, and economic importance. After an introduction to morphology and collection techniques in the morning, the late morning and early afternoon will be spent collecting samples around the Education Center followed by an afternoon identification and edible lab session with a short film.

Admission: $ 40.00 per person. Space is limited to 25 participants. Recommended for Adults.

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.

Beyond Pinellas – Winter Animals

Saturday, December 6, 2008 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Seasonal changes affect wildlife as well as plants and people. As summer turns to fall, and fall to winter, animals must adapt to changing food and weather patterns. Join us for an interesting look at the ways animals around the world survive during harsh winter months. Pre-registration is required. All ages welcome.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, December 7 & 21, 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 11:00am and 3:00pm 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.

Cypress Swamp Cafe: Going Organic

Wednesday, December 10, 2008 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm.

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Learn about the benefits and impacts of organic farming. Organic products have long been a good alternative for people who are concerned about the presence of chemicals in their food. Today, organic growers are providing much more than food for our tables. Admission: Free. This program is best for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek – The Lorax

Thursday, December 11, 2008 10:30am - 11:15am

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world. This week features The Lorax by Dr. Seuss. The Lorax is a story about how cutting down trees can affect the animals that depend on them. This classic tale introduces children to the idea that everything in nature is connected. 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

Lawn and Garden Help Desk

Thursday, December 12, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Pinellas County IFAS Extension

Do you have a mysterious plant in your garden that you just can’t identify? Would you like to know more about landscaping with native plants? A Pinellas County IFAS Extension Horticulture Specialist will be available to help you, at no charge, throughout the day. Stop by the Center’s Resource Center to ask questions about landscaping and gardening, diagnose a plant problem, identify insects and even drop off your soil test sample. Recommended for adults.

Tis the Season for Holiday Plants

Thursday, December 12, 2008 10:00am – 11:00am

Cindy Peacock - Pinellas County IFAS Extension

From holly to poinsettias, the holiday season is the perfect time to decorate with plants. Join Extension Specialist Cindy Peacock to learn how to keep your plants looking their finest right into the New Year. Participants will also learn which are invasive species and find beautiful native alternatives to holiday standards. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.

Scout Day

Saturday, December 13, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Boy Scouts, come join us for this fun day of merit badge activities. Scouts can choose from two three-hour sessions: Bird Study and/or Environmental Science. Activities are designed to help Scouts achieve hard-to-meet requirements for each of these merit badges. All Scouts must be accompanied by an adult or Scout leader. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Registration opens Monday, October 27, 2008. Admission: $10 per scout per badge. Recommended for Boy Scouts 11 – 17 in age.