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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Upcoming Events in May

All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Please call (727) 453-6800 for information and reservations.

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Guided Hikes
Saturday, May 2, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, May 9, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, May 16, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, May 30, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Education Services Volunteer, 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.

Meet the Artist – “Kevin Grass Landscapes”
Sunday, May 3, 2009 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Artist Presentation 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Kevin Grass – Tarpon Springs, FL
A native of Missouri, Kevin Grass spent time while in high school on a wide variety of commissioned works ranging from portraits and landscapes to campaign signs and car decorations. Currently, he is an assistant professor of art at St. Petersburg College. Join us to meet the artist and discuss his unique work. Pre-registration is not required for this open reception. Visitors can enjoy this exhibit during normal Center hours beginning May 1, 2009 through June 28, 2009. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults – suitable for children 12 and older.

Wednesday Evening Walks
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Wednesday, May 27, 2009 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 many ways 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 suggested. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children age 10 and up.

Birds in Culture
Saturday, May 9, 2009 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
From ancient pictographs to modern stories, birds have played an important role in the everyday lives of humans. Join us as we celebrate International Migratory Bird Day by examining the fascinating influence of birds in the diverse cultures of North America. Admission: Free. Pre-registration is required. Recommended for families with children age 8 and up.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, May 10, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, May 24, 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 11:00 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 all ages.

Cypress Swamp Café - Water for Wildlife
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 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 sustainable lifestyle. This week presents water for wildlife. Join us to explore the wild-side of your neighborhood by providing bird baths, garden ponds and other sources of water for wildlife in your backyard. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Recommended for adults.

Book Time at Brooker Creek – Tiny Workers: Ants in Your Backyard
Thursday, May 14, 2009 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. This week presents Tiny Workers: Ants in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen. Ants! You might not want to see these critters at your next picnic, but they are fascinating little workers. Children go underground to explore an anthill and learn about these busy insects in this lively tale. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Dynamic Dragonflies
Saturday, May 16, 2009 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Dragonflies provide a dazzling spectacle of color and aerobatics over a summer pond. Join us for this entertaining and engaging look at the lives of these dynamic creatures of the air. Participants will discover how dragonflies travel, eat and make more dragonflies. Live dragonflies may attend and participate in this program. Admission: Free. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Photography Hike
Sunday, May 17, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to provide great photographic opportunities for photographers of all levels. We discuss ways to set up good photographs while walking the Center trails in search of that perfect shot. Seasonal features of the Preserve and wildlife behaviors are highlighted to help participants capture the natural beauty of Brooker Creek Preserve. Admission: Free. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Recommended ages: 12 and up.

Green Industries Best Management Practices Educational Program
Monday, May 18, 2009 8:45 am – 3:30 pm
Pinellas County IFAS Extension
This workshop provides training and opportunity for certification in the FDEP Best Management Practices (BMPs) for those working in the lawn, landscape, pest control, or municipal grounds maintenance industries. Best Management Practices are focused on reducing non-point source pollution resulting from fertilization or pesticide application. A new Florida Department of Agriculture rule requires that BMPs be followed when applying fertilizer to turf. State legislation is pending that will require BMP education and certification for commercial fertilizer applicators. Be one of the first in the industry to have the required state certification. This event is sponsored in part by a grant from the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Fee: $15 for registrations postmarked by May 14, 2009 and $20 at the door. Please go to http://www.pinellascounty.org/eNVIRONMENT/pagesHTML/se10pdfs/BMPFlyer2009.pdf for registration and more information. Recommended for professionals working in lawn, landscape, pest control and municipal grounds maintenance industries.

Spring Butterfly Identification Seminar
Wednesday, May 20, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ecological Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
It’s time once again for the Spring Butterfly Count at Brooker Creek Preserve. Join us for this special seminar to learn the skills needed to identify species of butterfly that frequent the Preserve. Admission: Free. Pre-registration required. Recommended for adults, suitable for children ages 12 and up.

Brooker Creek Preserve Spring Butterfly Count
Saturday, May 23, 2009 9:30 am – 2:00 pm
Ecological Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Each Spring Butterfly Count contributes data to the important long-term monitoring program through the North American Butterfly Association. Call (727) 453-6900 for more information or to sign up. First-time volunteers are urged to participate in the Butterfly Identification Seminar offered on May 20, 2009. Admission: Free. Pre-registration required. Recommended for adults, suitable for children ages 12 and up.

Family Butterfly Gardening
Saturday, May 23, 2009 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Spring has sprung and the time is right for working in the yard. You can add color and life to your home landscape through plantings that attract butterflies. Join us to celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day while learning how to install a butterfly garden with your family. Admission: Free. Best for families with children ages 6 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek – Small Green Snake
Thursday, May 28, 2009 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. This week features Small Green Snake by Libba Moore Gray. The world is a big exciting place for a young garter snake as it wanders away from home and into adventure in this delightful tale. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Home Invaders – Creatures That Live in Your House
Saturday, May 30, 2009 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Spiders, roaches and mice, oh my! These are just a few of the creatures that sometimes share our homes with us. Most humans consider these uninvited housemates pests. However, each takes advantage of a special niche provided by our homes and our habits. Join us as we learn to appreciate these common home invaders and discover more environmentally-friendly ways to discourage them. Admission: Free. Best for adults, suitable for ages 12 and up.

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Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information

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
www.pinellascounty.org/environment