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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center June Programs

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
Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information

Movie Night at Brooker Creek – Water’s Journey: The Hidden Rivers of Florida
Wednesday, June 3, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Where does our water come from? This amazing, entertaining documentary follows a team of daring divers as they explore the connecting paths of the Floridan aquifer. BYOP (bring your own popcorn) for this fascinating 1-hour journey to discover Florida’s hidden rivers. Participants can pick up a handy tip sheet of practical ways that individuals can help protect Florida’s precious water supply. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Best for adults – suitable for children 12 and up.

National Trails Day®: “Providing a Healthy Environment for People and Wildlife”
Saturday, June 6, 2009 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Celebration of the Wilde Tract Acquisition 11:00 am – 11:30 am
Honoring Fred Marquis, Former Pinellas County Administrator
Bald Eagles in Pinellas County 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Barbara Walker, Clearwater Audubon Society
Real Florida 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Jeff Klinkenberg, Author and Journalist
Come join us as we celebrate the American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® and the role of key people in acquiring the Wilde Tract for Brooker Creek Preserve. Learn about features of the Preserve that provide a healthy environment for people and wildlife. Take home ideas for living a sustainable lifestyle. Activities include interpretive bus tours of the new Wilde Tract property, live music, guest speakers, demonstrations, interactive exhibits, a family trail scavenger hunt, and food and drinks. Off-site parking is available. Admission: Free. All ages welcome.

Cypress Swamp Café - Fire-wise Landscaping
Wednesday, June 10, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Does your home border a preserve or management area? Do you have a conservation area in your backyard? The drought has affected more than our ability to water lawns. Dry weather creates the perfect conditions for wildfire in natural areas. Join us to learn how to create a safe, fire-wise landscape around your home. This program is one in a series of presentations and discussions to explore ways you can live a sustainable lifestyle. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for adults.

“Tampa Bay: Living Legacy” Educator Workshop
Thursday, June 11, 2009 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Friday, June 12, 2009 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tampa Bay Estuary Program and Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Immerse your students in the natural and cultural history of Tampa Bay with this free workshop featuring curriculum designed to accompany the documentary film of the same name. Curriculum is suitable for grades 9 – 12. Participants receive a $75.00 stipend, teaching guide, a DVD of the documentary film and many other classroom resources. Pre-registration is required. Contact the Tampa Bay Estuary Program at (727) 893-2765 or nanette@tbep.org for more information. Recommended for teachers.



Book Time at Brooker Creek – Marsh Music
Thursday, June 11, 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 Marsh Music by Marianne Berkes. Frogs are the musicians that bring the night marsh alive in this rhyming 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. Best for ages: 3 – 5.

Guided Hikes
Saturday, June 13, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, June 27, 2009 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.

The Microscopic World in a Drop of Pond Water
Saturday, June 13, 2009 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Even in the smallest drop of pond water we find a host of tiny organisms busily making their living. Although they are invisible to the naked eye, they live dynamic and dramatic lives. Join us to celebrate the Year of Science as we explore the itty-bitty city in a drop of pond water. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for ages 12 and up.

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Sunday, June 14, 2009 11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Sunday, June 28, 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. All ages welcome.

Movie Night at Brooker Creek – Tampa Bay: Living Legacy
Wednesday, June 17, 2009 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Tampa Bay is Florida’s largest open water estuary. BYOP (bring your own popcorn) to discover Tampa Bay’s evolution from a relatively unspoiled paradise to a waterway battered by pollution to the rejuvenated centerpiece of the region. Funded by the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Pinellas County Environmental Fund, this 1-hour documentary film features interviews with scientists, elected officials and citizens. Participants can pick up a handy tip sheet of practical ways individuals can help maintain the progress made in restoring Tampa Bay. Pre-registration is appreciated. Admission: Free. Best for adults – suitable for children 12 and up.



Adult Ecology Workshop: Dragonfly Behavior, Identification and Ecology
Saturday, June 20, 2009 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Grigorios Delaportas, St. Petersburg College, Biology Department
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 pre-requisite is a keen interest in the topic. This workshop offers dragonfly lovers a chance to learn about these distinctive insects. We begin in the classroom with an introduction to dragonfly anatomy and identification. Information about physiology, behavior, life cycle, and flying techniques will also be included. During the field portion, we explore the Preserve in search of a variety of species to observe dragonfly behavior and practice our newly-learned identification skills. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Bring a sack lunch and snacks. This program is sponsored by The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, Inc. Admission: $40 per person; Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, Inc. members receive a $10 discount. Best for adults.

Wild Signs Hike
Sunday, June 21, 2009 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Everyone leaves a sign of their presence, even wild things. The many creatures that live in Brooker Creek Preserve leave evidence of their daily activities. Celebrate Father’s Day with a walk along the Education Center trail to look for and learn to decipher those wild signs. Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free. Best for ages 10 and up.

Frog Hop
Wednesday, June 24, 2009 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
The wetlands of Brooker Creek Preserve are perfect homes for frogs. Join us to learn how to identify frogs from their songs. A brief indoor presentation will be followed by a short “hop” around the Center to practice your newly acquired identification skills. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Recommended for ages 10 and up.

Book Time at Brooker Creek – Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard
Thursday, June 25, 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 Bzzz, Bzzz!: Mosquitoes in Your Backyard by Nancy Loewen. Ouch! What’s that biting you? Learn about the mosquito’s life cycle, why she bites and much more in this fun book full of bites. The 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. Best for ages: 3 – 5.

Brooker Basics: Wetland Ecosystems
Saturday, June 27, 2009 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
Celebrate the Year of Science by attending a Brooker Basics workshop. This series of programs is offered year-round to give participants a general overview of the variety of environments and organisms that can be found at Brooker Creek Preserve. Using a variety of techniques, participants examine the diversity of life in the Preserve’s wetland ecosystems and discover what makes each one unique. Sturdy closed-toe shoes and water are a must, while long pants, a hat and sunscreen are recommended. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. Admission: Free. Best for ages 12 and up.