Neckties, perfume and toys may be wonderful presents, but gifts that create a lasting love of nature will endure a lifetime. Getting friends and family members excited about Pinellas County's natural destinations can begin by attending one or more nature-rich educational programs. In December, the Brooker Creek Preserve Educational Education Center in Tarpon Springs offers four free programs to connect with nature whether you are 8 years old or 80 years young.
Saturday, Dec. 2 - At a free William Bartram - Puc Puggy's Travels in Florida portrayal from 1 - 2:30 p.m., anyone 12 years and older will watch J.D. Sutton, actor and playwright, bring Bartram to life and share his tales of adventures. In 1775, while the first acts of revolution were taking place in the North, naturalist William Bartram set out to the British Colony of Florida. Learn how Bartram encountered Seminole Indians and battled with alligators all while enjoying the wild, untamed beauty of Florida.
Sunday, Dec. 3 - At a free Brooker Basics Upland Ecology Excursion from 1 - 2:30 p.m., adults and children over 12 years old can venture into the wilds of Brooker Creek Preserve. Participants will learn about the Preserve's upland ecosystems.
Wednesday, Dec. 6 - At a free Sustainable Holiday Gifts and Parties event in the Cypress Swamp Café from 6:30 - 8 p.m., adults can take part in presentations and discussions to explore ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Join the staff to learn some great tips for developing a sustainable holiday party plan, from the invitations to the food and decorations. Alternatives to traditional gift giving will also be discussed.
Saturday, Dec. 23 - At a free Beyond Pinellas - Winter Animals presentation from 1 - 2:30 p.m., all ages of nature-lovers can look at ways animals around the world survive during the harsh winter months. Explore how animals must adapt to changing food and weather patterns. Register now.
The 8,300-acre Brooker Creek Preserve is located at 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs in northeast Pinellas County. To pre-register for events or learn about other programs, call (727) 453-6800.
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