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Brooker Creek gears up for July activities
Article published on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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TARPON SPRINGS - Brooker Creek Preserve is loaded with great events in July that take the focus off the beaten trail. Most events are free, unless noted otherwise and registration is required.

More information on the preserve is available at brookercreekpreserve.org.

On Saturday, July 12, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, participants can explore the wonderful world of bugs and butterflies found at Brooker Creek Preserve. The class will include both indoor and outdoor activities. Outdoor appropriate attire recommended for participants.

Book Time at Brooker is designed for children ages 3 to 5 and is held for 45 minutes each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. On July 10, the featured story will be “Rabbits and Raindrops” by Jim Armosky, followed by “One Tiny Turtle” by Nicola Davies on July 17, “Take the Tadpole” by Karen Wallace on July 24, and “Mister Seahorse” by Eric Carle on July 31.

On Saturday, July 5, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve host the Brooker Book Club. Geared toward adults, the book list includes works by Florida authors, past and present, with archeology, biography, politics and history storylines. The book selected for discussion in June is “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea” by Jules Verne. Advance registration is required as seating is limited.

Brooker Creek Preserve certified guides will lead a hike along the 0.75-mile walk along the Education Center Trail on Saturday, July 5, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Participants can observe through the forested wetland, oak hammock and pine flatwood ecosystems. Closed-toe shoes, water and hats are recommended for all participating.

On Saturday, July 12, a bird hike for beginners will show participants how to identify the county’s common birds while walking along a one-mile trail. Water and binoculars are recommended for participants. The hike is from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday, July 19, participants can learn first-hand the many “footprints” that have been left through the years that affect the preserve today. The 0.75-mile guided walk will be offered from to 10:30 a.m. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must; water and hats are recommended. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult; those younger than 6 may find the hike challenging.

Participants can take a walk on the wild side on Saturday, July 26, and learn why the preserve has been called “Our Wildest Place” during this 0.75-mile guided hike from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Sturdy closed-toe shoes are a must, and water and a hat are recommended for participants. All ages are welcome although children younger than 6 may find the hike challenging. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

On Saturday, July 26, from 9 to 11 a.m., the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve will be in the preserve’s wildflower garden for demonstrations. Participants should bring garden gloves and a hat. Morning snacks are usually provided.

Windows to our Wildest Place is a collection of permanent, hands-on educational exhibits that help visitors understand how natural Florida has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Saturday.

Pinellas County Extension offers classes, programs and activities at the Environmental Education Center. The center features interactive exhibits and 22 discovery-oriented experiences that are fun for the entire family. The center is operated by the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.

To learn more about Brooker Creek Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call 453-6800. To register for programs and events visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org. Videos featuring Brooker Creek Preserve can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.
Article published on Wednesday, July 2, 2014
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