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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center - April Events

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center


Upcoming Events

April 2010

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All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

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

Please do not reply to this email for any purpose other than to unsubscribe

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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 http://www.brookercreekpreserve.org/





Guided Hikes

Saturday, April 3, 2010 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Saturday, April 10, 2010 9:00 am – 10:30 am

Saturday, April 17, 2010 9:00 am – 10:30 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. Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.



Teacher Training Workshop

Saturday, April 3, 2010 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 tailored to their classroom curriculum goals. Workshops are intended for teachers willing to lead their own field trips and are required of those teachers interested in using the Center’s 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. Free. Great for teachers of all grade levels.



Book Time at Brooker Creek – Jack’s Garden

Thursday, April 8, 2010 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 Jack’s Garden by Henry Cole. Come watch Jack’s garden grow and bloom. This beautifully illustrated tale follows the garden from seed to bloom, teaching us about soil, weather, insects and more. The 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! Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.



Beginning Bird Hike

Saturday, April 10, 2010 8:30 am – 10:30 am

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Join us for an early morning stroll to look for birds on the Education Center trails. This walk will cover basic skills in bird identification, where to find birds, and how to use binoculars. Bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair of ours. Pre-registration is required. Free. Recommended for adults and children age 12 and older.



Open Classroom - Discovering Nature with Your Child

Saturday, April 10, 2010 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 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. Free. All ages welcome.



The Wild Side of Your Neighborhood – Nest Box Workshop

Saturday, April 10, 2010 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

You don’t have to visit a wilderness area to observe wildlife. One good way to attract wildlife to your own backyard is to provide shelter for raising young. Join us to learn how to make your landscape more environmentally friendly with nest boxes and other forms of shelter. Participants have an opportunity to build a nest box to take home. Pre-registration is required and the fee for this program is $10.00. Recommended for ages 12 and up.



Changing Seasons Guided Hike

Friday, April 16, 2010 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Seasonal changes in Florida can be subtle, even to long time residents. Join us for a guided walk as we look for evidence of the changing seasons along the trail. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended. Pre-registration is required. Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 6 may find this hike challenging.



Birds of Prey

Saturday, April 17, 2010 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Gabe Vargo, Ph.D., University of South Florida and Boyd Hill Nature Park

They soar, they swoop, and they rule the skies. Join Dr. Vargo, retired-emeritus professor and avian education volunteer at Boyd Hill Nature Park, with his live cast of local owls and a hawk for a look at the life history of these majestic birds. In this program, Dr. Vargo discusses the characteristics that make raptors successful predators, their ecology and natural history, their importance and role in the ecosystem, and the problems they encounter in our human-modified environments. Pre-registration is required. Free. All ages welcome.



Book Time at Brooker Creek – The Very Clumsy Click Beetle

Thursday, April 22, 2010 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 Very Clumsy Click Beetle by Eric Carle. This delightful tale focuses on a young click beetle as it learns to do what older beetles can already do so well. Children are introduced to species commonly found in Florida forests while learning that practice pays off, even for beetles. Pre-registration is required. Spaces are limited so register early! Free. Recommended ages: 3 – 5.



Spring Has Sprung Extended Hike

Saturday, April 24, 2010 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Education Services Volunteers, Environmental Lands Division

Spring’s warmer temperatures and lengthening days bring about many changes in the natural landscape. Join us for a brisk walk along one of the longer trails to experience spring in the Preserve. This walk, depending on trail conditions, may be 2.8 to 4-miles long. Pre-registration is required by 12:00 noon on the Friday before the hike. Free. All ages welcome - children younger than 12 may find this hike challenging.



Going Green “The Musical”

Saturday, April 24, 2010 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Play’N Around Traveling Children’s Theatre Company, New Port Richey, FL

Penelope Jane is back and this time she’s learning the importance of “Going Green.” Join her and all of her friends as they find out what happens when we all get together to make a difference in our world today. This fun, interactive musical performance introduces children to the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling. Pre-registration is requested. Free. All ages welcome.

Pinellas Diversified – Art Exhibit at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

Back by popular demand Brooker Creek Preserve Art Exhibits!!! Come join us as we introduce our newest Local Artist of the month. This Art Exhibit will be on display until May 29, 2010.


Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
Artist Event
April and May 2010



Pinellas Diversified – Art Exhibit at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center

April 1, 2010 through May 29, 2010

Cathy Morgan – Clearwater, FL

The paintings in this exhibit show us a view of Pinellas County through the eyes of one artist, Cathy Morgan. Melding realism and modernism, she refines her paintings down to pure essence. The great energy and expressive color of her work reveal the thought and meaning in each brush stroke. This exhibit of oil and pastel art explores the many facets of life in Pinellas County. Join us for a chance to meet the artist and learn more about this unique body of work at a special three-hour social on Saturday, May 1, 2010, 1:00 pm. Visitors can enjoy this exhibit during normal Center hours April 1, 2010 through May 29, 2010. For more information please call (727) 453-6800.

______________________________________

All programs are free unless otherwise noted.

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

Please do not reply to this email for any purpose other than to unsubscribe

______________________________________

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

______________________________________

The Center is located at 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, Florida, 34688

Or visit our website at http://www.brookercreekpreserve.org/

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Nature’s Classroom Earth Day Celebration April 24th and 25th

Nature's Classroom is having its third annual Earth Day Celebration and Open House Event April 24th and 25th, 2010. This is a great opportunity to bring your family, friends, business partners, acquaintances and co-workers to the outdoors for a day of fun!

This event was started in 2008 as a response to the constant requests from the greater community to be able to see what this School District program is all about. Over 4,000 guests visited the property last year enjoying live music, children's activities, exhibitors, art displays and, of course, our animal collection. This year, with the water levels up, we will be able to offer boat rides on the Hillsborough River as well!

I hope to see you on the 24th and 25th!

Thank you for any and all support you can give us!
Sincerely,

Karen (Johnson) Folsom

Site Administrator

Nature's Classroom, (school mail Rt 3)

13100 Verges Rd

Thonotosassa, FL 33592

(813) 987-6969 ext. 222

(813) 987-6792 (Fax)

karen.johnson@sdhc.k12.fl.us

Camp Bayou Spring Open House April 17th

Saturday, April 17, 2010 8am-2pm
Schedule of Activities:

8am: Great American Cleanup begins– register at Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful

9 am: Trail games begin– Butterfly Blingo, Scavenger Hunt, Geocaching, Letterboxing and more...

10 am: Wetland Walk-n-Wade – Take a walk through the wetlands to the river to see what critters we can net.

11 am: Nature activities and crafts– get into the outdoors with a variety of nature-related projects including a few citizen science options.

Noon: Spring Member BBQ– Free for current members or become a member for as little as $10. Pulled pork and hot dogs provided by Camp Bayou. Please bring a side dish or dessert to share (optional).

1 pm: Nature presentation- It's a Jungle Out There: Imagined and Real Dangers Outdoors

On-going throughout the day:

- Fossil Museum open

- Fossil pit dig (for small fee)

- Nature Center open

- 3 trails through varied habitats

- Canoe launch open

- Native People's Camp

- Native plants for sale

- Cart tours every half hour beginning at 9:30 am.

All the activities are family-friendly. This event supports No Child Left Inside (http://www.nclicoalition.org//) and is part of National Environmental Education Week (http://www.eeweek.org/), as well as an opportunity to Get Outdoors Florida! (http://getoutdoorsflorida.org/).

Camp Bayou is nether a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County's ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, open to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, membership and grants, the RCDF offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it's open from Thursday- Saturday from 9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. General admission is still FREE.

The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public- private partnership between the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin.

More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org/ or call 813-641-8545.

Photos available at http://picasaweb.google.com/campbayou

Dolly Cummings

http://www.campbayou.org/

campbayou.blogspot.com

twitter.com/campbayou