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Outdoors & Recreation
Outdoors in Pinellas
Article published on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
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Botany hike at Brooker Creek
TARPON SPRINGS – A botany hike will be offered Friday, Dec. 13, 9 to 11 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will join a Brooker Creek naturalist to explore the fascinating plants found on the preserve while identifying wildflowers, ferns, epiphytes, trees and more. The ecology of various plant communities also will be examined. The free hike is best suited for adult participants. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6800 or visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org.

Great Weedon Bird Quest
ST. PETERSBURG – The Great Weedon Bird Quest will be Friday, Dec. 13, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Guests will learn to identify marks and behaviors of the island birds while taking advantage of this free guided hike. Binoculars will be available. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Brooker Creek guided hike
TARPON SPRINGS – A guided hike will be offered Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21 and 28, 9 to 10:30 a.m., at Brooker Creek Preserve, 3940 Keystone Road. Attendees will take a walk through time on a guided hike. Participants will have an opportunity to 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. All ages are welcome, although children 5 and younger may find this hike challenging. Preregistration is required. Visit www.brookercreekpreserve.org or call 453-6800.

Weedon Island guided hike
ST. PETERSBURG – A guided hike will be offered Saturdays, Dec. 14, 21 and 28, 9 to 11 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. Attendees will learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while going along on this free guided hike. Participants should bring water and a snack. A hat and closed-toe shoes also are recommended. The hike is best for ages 6 and older. Preregistration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Fort De Soto beach trail walk
TIERRA VERDE – A free, guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. A guided walk on the beach trail is planned. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.

Fort De Soto arrowhead trail walk
TIERRA VERDE – A free, guided nature walk will be offered Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. A guided walk on the arrowhead trail is planned. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.

McGough Nature Park to nature hike
LARGO – A monthly nature hike will be offered Saturday, Dec. 21, 5:30 p.m., at McGough Nature Park, 11901 146th St., Largo. Attendees will take a guided walk through the woods, seeking out animals such as birds, raccoons, owls, opossums, bats and more. Flashlights are optional. The hike is free, but donations are kindly accepted. To preregister, call 518-3047.

Weedon Island photography hike
ST. PETERSBURG – A wildflower photography hike will be offered Saturday, Dec. 21, 8 to 10 a.m., at Weedon Island Preserve, 1800 Weedon Drive NE. The free event will offer participants the perfect opportunity to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, highlighting specific wildlife behaviors, guides will assist participants in capturing the natural beauty in photos. Advance registration is required. Call 453-6500 or visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org.

Fort De Soto campground trail walk
TIERRA VERDE – A free, guided nature walk will be offered Saturday, Dec. 28, 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. A guided walk on the campground trail is planned.

To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.

Fort De Soto bird walk
TIERRA VERDE – A free, guided nature walk will be offered Sunday, Dec. 29, 10 to 11 a.m., at Fort De Soto Park, 3500 Pinellas Bayway S. Guests will enjoy the beauty of Fort De Soto Park with a one-hour nature walk great for the entire family. A bird walk is planned. To register and for tour information and meeting locations, call 552-1862. Visit www.pinellascounty.org/park.
Article published on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013
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