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Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve Upcoming Events in October

Brooker Creek has a terrific new website now, too: www.brookercreekpreserve.org

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**  Our hours have changed  **

Center Hours:  Thursday – Saturday   9:00am – 4:00pm

Preserve & Hiking Trails:  Thursday – Sunday   7:00am – 1 hour before sunset

Horse & Friendship Trails will remain open 7 days per week

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 0.7-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.

Teacher Training Workshop
Saturday, October 3, 2009   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.


Book Time at Brooker Creek: Nuts to You
Thursday, October 8, 2009   10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Introduce your preschooler to the wonders of the natural world. This week features Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is the story of a young bat that finds herself in a bird’s nest and is forced to behave like a bird. She eventually shows her bird siblings about life as a bat, which prompts them to investigate the differences between birds and bats. The program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required.  Admission: Free. Best for children ages 3 - 5.


Prince of Frogs Musical Performance
Saturday, October 10, 2009   1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
STAGE Productions, Sarasota, FL

Enjoy this fun musical theater production based on the classic fairy tale transformed to introduce the concepts of water use, conservation and the environment to kindergarten through 5th grade children.  Explore the story of Kingdom Waste-A-Lot as the lack of rain and the wasteful habits of its citizens results in serious water shortages in the land. Watch as the Prince of Frogs transforms the land into the Conservation Kingdom. Pre-registration required.  Admission: Free.  Recommended for families with children 5 – 10 years old.


Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Saturday, October 17, 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 families with children of all ages.

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Stellaluna
Thursday, October 22, 2009   10:15 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Introduce your preschooler to the wonders of the natural world. This week features Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Stellaluna is the story of a young bat that finds herself in a bird’s nest and is forced to behave like a bird. She eventually shows her bird siblings about life as a bat, which prompts them to investigate the differences between birds and bats. The program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story. Pre-registration is required.  Admission: Free.  Best for children ages 3 - 5.

Selecting Florida-Friendly Plants for Your Landscape
Saturday, October 24, 2009   10:00 am – 11:00 am
Dale Armstrong - Pinellas County IFAS Extension

Selecting the right plants for your yard will be much easier after attending this class that introduces Florida-Friendly plants.  Dale Armstrong, an educator from the University of Florida IFAS Extension in Pinellas County, uses photographs as he discusses how to research and choose Florida-Friendly ground covers, shrubs, and trees.  Join us to get started on the path to selecting plants that are appropriate for your landscape and your needs.  Pre-registration is required. Admission: Free.  Best for adults.

Halloween’s Creepy Creatures
Saturday, October 31, 2009   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division

Vampire bats, giant spiders, ghostly owls, and slithering snakes are some of Halloween’s most frightening characters.  Join us for this fun and interactive program to learn the truth about these and many other creepy creatures.  Pre-registration is required.  Admission: Free. Recommended for families with children 6 years old or older.

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Call (727) 453-6800 for registration and information

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL  34688
Center Hours:
Thursday - Saturday   9:00am - 4:00pm
Closed Sunday - Wednesday and Holidays
www.brookercreekpreserve.org