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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.

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Events in Februrary


Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34680
Center Hours:
Wednesday 9:00am - 8:30pm
Thursday - Sunday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Monday, Tuesday and Holidays

Sign a pledge and receive a free tote bag when you attend:
Carbon Neutral : Teaming Up to Make A Difference For Our Climate
Saturday, January 31, 2009 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Mark Van Soestbergen, International Carbon Bank and Exchange, Inc.

National sports teams, universities, and conferences are partnering with government agencies and private businesses to offer carbon neutral events. What does this really mean? Join us to learn how governments, businesses and individuals are using carbon offsets and trading to positively impact climate change. Take home helpful tips to reduce your carbon footprint and live a more sustainable lifestyle. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.

February 2009
Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child

Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday, February 22, 2009 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. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children of all ages. Pre-registration is not required for this open activity.

Family Night Hikes
Wednesday, February 4, 2009 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 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. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Adult Ecology Workshop: Basic Entomology

Friday, February 6, 2008 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Elena Rhodes, PhD candidate of Entomology & Nematology , University of 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 the morphology, taxonomy, and, briefly, ecology of insects with an emphasis on common orders and families found in Florida. These topics, along with collection techniques, will be introduced in the morning. The rest of the morning will be spent collecting insects. The afternoon workshop will include identification and preservation techniques. Admission: $ 40.00 per person ($30 – Member of the FOBCP). Recommended for Adults. Pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Guided Hikes

Saturday, February 7, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, February 14, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, February 21, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Saturday, February 28, 2009 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. Admission: Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike.

Compost Happens

Saturday, February 7, 2009 10:00 – 11:30

Pinellas County IFAS Extension

Just add your kitchen scraps and yard clippings and compost happens! Adding compost to Florida’s sandy soils adds much needed organic material and improves it water holding capacity. Join us to learn about the composting process and what types of materials can be successfully composted. Workshop attendees will receive a free plastic compost bin courtesy of Pinellas County Utilities Solid Waste Operations Department. Admission: Free Recommended for adults – suitable for children age 12 and older. Pre-registration is required.

What is the Great Backyard Bird Count?

Sunday, February 8, 2009 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Citizen science projects provide important information that biologists are not able to collect themselves. Each year, thousands of bird watchers gather information that provides an immense picture of the activities and distribution of winter birds. Join us to learn how you can make a difference during the Great Backyard Bird Count, February 13 – 16, 2009. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up. Pre-registration is appreciated.

Cypress Swamp Café - The Wild Side of Your Neighborhood
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 7:00pm – 8:00pm

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 month we will begin a series of discussions that will help you explore the wild side of your neighborhood. Wildlife need food, cover, water and space to live. Join us to learn how to provide space for wildlife in your backyard. Admission: Free Recommend ages: Adults Pre-registration is required.