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Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve- December Events 2009

Brooker Creek Preserve- December Events 2009
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
Upcoming Events
December 2009
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All programs are free unless otherwise noted.
Please call (727) 453-6800 for information and reservations.
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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
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The Center is located at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, Florida, 34688
Or visit our website at www.brookercreekpreserve.org
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Guided Hikes
Saturday, December 5, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, December 12, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, December 19, 2009   9:00 am – 11:00 am
Saturday, December 26, 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 0.7-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.

You Don’t Have to be a Grinch to be Green
Saturday, December 5, 2009    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Education Services Staff, Environmental Lands Division
This is the time of year when families gather to celebrate.  Exchanging gifts, decorating homes, and sharing meals are common activities.  Join us to learn how to keep the “green” in your holiday celebrations.  Participants will take home handy tip sheets for sustainable gift, decorating and meal ideas.  Pre-registration is required.  Admission:  Free.  Recommended for adults.

Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier
Sunday, December 6, 2009   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Carlton Ward, Jr., Author and Photographer, Clearwater, FL
Join us as Carlton Ward shares a vision of Florida ranches and what is at stake as the face of Florida changes. Although thousands of acres of farmland in Florida are lost to development each year, one fifth of Florida is still ranchland. This presentation of stunning photographs and historical, environmental, and cultural essays addresses the Florida cowboys, the descendants of five centuries of rich heritage. Pre-registration is requested and admission is free. All ages welcome.  

Book Time at Brooker Creek: Who’s Bugging You?
Thursday, December 10, 2009   10:30 am    11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world.  Twice each month children are treated to a variety of stories that connect them to their environment.  This week features Who’s Bugging You?  by Charles Reasoner.  Children learn about the amazing feats performed by many insects in this delightfully illustrated pull-out book. This program also includes a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story.   Pre-registration is required.  Spaces are limited so register early!  Admission: Free.  Recommended ages: 3 – 5.

Beyond Pinellas – Winter Animals
Saturday, December 12, 2009    1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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.  Admission: Free. Pre-registration is required.  All ages welcome.  

Open Classroom – Discovering Nature with Your Child
Saturday, December 19, 2009   12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Education Services Volunteers, 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 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm to participate in a variety of self-guided nature games and activities that 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: The Giving Tree
Thursday, December 24, 2009    10:30 am – 11:15 am
Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division
This program is designed to connect pre-school children to the wonders of the natural world.  This week features The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein.  This is a moving tale about a boy who loved a tree, and a tree that gave everything to the boy.  Children can also participate in a craft, game or other hands-on activity related to the story.  Pre-registration is required for this program.  Admission: Free Spaces are limited, so register early!  Recommended ages: 3 – 5.