Get Back to Nature in July during Brooker Creek Preserve Programs
Summer is a perfect time to get in touch with nature through programs, workshops, movies and special guests scheduled at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs. Dragonflies, oceans, composting, landscaping and more headline special programs. An Earthling Band will entertain the entire family with humorous songs, and animals from Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo will make their introductions. For more information, call Brooker Creek Preserve at (727) 453-6800. Here are some of the fun and educational programs planned at the Preserve.
Experts share their know-how on a variety of subjects …
- At a free Precious Ocean Program Saturday, July 7, from 1 to 2 p.m., Robert Smyth from the Ocean Conservancy shares information about how special the oceans are to our world. You can find how you can help keep this precious resource healthy for future generations. Oceans are unique as they cover about 70 percent of the Earth's surface and are home to an innumerable variety of living organisms. Call (727) 453-6800 to register.
- At a free Florida Friendly Pest Control in Your Landscape Workshop Thursday, July 12, from 10 to 11 a.m., Cindy Peacock, from Pinellas County Extension, will share information about common landscape pests and how to combat them in a way that is also friendly to our environment. Learn how to stop your lawn from serving as a cafeteria for neighborhood pests. Four University of Florida full color insect ID card sets will be given away as door prizes. Adults should register by calling (727) 453-6800. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at a Lawn and Garden Help Desk, hosted by Pinellas County Extension, experts will answer your questions about landscaping and gardening. Also you can ask about a plant problem, identify insects and drop off a soil test sample at this popular resource center event. No registration is required for the Help Desk.
- At a free Animal Crackers Program by the Earthlings Band Sunday, July 15, from 2 to 3 p.m., listen to songs including Fred The Frog Finds a Friend, Sammy Snake's Hoop-de-Doo and Joe the Crow Loves to Put on a Show. Get ready to enjoy this fun-filled musical performance all about animals. The Earthlings Band combines unusual instruments, funny hats and costumes and humorous song lyrics to develop a dynamic musical show that is sure to please the whole family. To register, call (727) 453-6800.
- At a free Dynamic Dragonflies Program Saturday, July 21, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., discover how dragonflies travel, eat and make more dragonflies. You will get to know more about these dragonflies that provide a dazzling spectacle of color and aerobatics. Live dragonflies may attend and take part in this program. This entertaining and engaging program is best for children over 6 years old. Call (727) 453-6800 to register.
- At a free Adaptation Celebration with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo educators Saturday, July 28, from 1 to 2 p.m., discover the amazing diversity of animal adaptations. Explore why some animals have feathers, some have fur, others have long legs and some carry their young in a pouch. They are all adapted to make the best of the places in which they live. This celebration is great for the entire family, but please register by calling (727) 453-6800.
- At a Worm Composting Made Simple Workshop, Sunday, July 29, from 1 to 2 p.m., learn how to put worms to work turning your food scraps into a rich fertilizer that your plants will love. You will discover how to set up and maintain a worm composting bin. A ready-to-use plastic bin complete with worms and bedding and the guidebook, Worms Eat Our Garbage, will be included in the $15 fee per person or family. Spaces are limited, so register early by calling (727) 453-6800.
Movie Nights showcase earthly concerns …
- At a free Movie Night on Wednesday, July 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Former Vice President Al Gore's eye-opening and compelling view of the future of our planet and our civilization is revealed in this documentary, An Inconvenient Truth: A Global Warning. This is a wake-up call that cuts through myths and misconceptions to deliver the message that global warming is a real and present danger. The 96-minute film will be followed by a brief guided discussion. Register by calling (727) 453-6800.
- At a free Movie Night on Wednesday, July 25, from 7 to 8 p.m., watch The Ecological Footprint: Accounting for a Small Planet. This 30-minute film explores the current global situation and demonstrates ways that governments, communities and businesses are working to live more sustainably. Join in after the program to participate in a discussion and receive tips about reducing your personal footprint on Earth's natural resources. Register by calling (727) 453-6800.
- Get involved in the free Great Naturalists Reading Series through a partnership between the East Lake Community Library and Brooker Creek Preserve held the third Thursday of each month. On Thursday, July 19, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., learn about three of Florida's most important historical women: Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, Marjorie Harris Carr and Marjory Stonemen Douglas. These three remarkable women instilled in others a deep appreciation and strong sense of responsibility for Florida's natural heritage. Adults should register by calling (727) 453-6800.
Destination: Brooker Creek Preserve…
The 8,000-plus acre Brooker Creek Preserve is located at 3940 Keystone Road in Tarpon Springs in northeast Pinellas County. To register for events or learn about other programs, call the Preserve's Environmental Education Center at (727) 453-6800. Details about Pinellas County's wildest place can be found at www.pinellascounty.org/environment.