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Discover Paradise in Pinellas County

Published:   |   Updated: July 17, 2013 at 02:52 PM
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Unless otherwise noted, all events are free but require advance registration.
 
BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE
(727) 453-6800. www.brookercreekpreserve.org
 
Forestry Hike – Friday, July 19, 9 to 11 a.m. Join a local natural resources agent and hike along two miles of boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. Come prepared with binoculars, cameras and questions. Questions can also be researched in the resource room upon return to the education center.
 
Brooker Creek Guided Hike – Saturday, July 20, 9 to 10:30 a.m. See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. 
 
Guided Tree Identification Walk – Saturday, July 20, Join your local natural resource agent as she discusses the basics on how to identify trees in your area. The presentation includes a guided tree identification walk. 10:30 to noon.
 
Teacher Training Summer Camp – Saturday, July 22, 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The University of Florida's Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences and Extension Service are teaming up with St. Petersburg College to offer a fun and informative week-long workshop for pre-service elementary education students and elementary teachers with a focus on environmental education.  Each day will feature different environmental subjects and professional speakers will provide background knowledge to participants. 
 
WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE
(727) 453-6500. www.weedonislandpreserve.org
Photography Hike – Saturday, July 20, 8 to 10 a.m. Hike the preserve in search of that perfect photo. This program provides great opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. After a brief classroom session, preserve volunteers highlight seasonal features of the preserve, as well as specific wildlife behaviors that help participants capture the natural beauty of Weedon Island Preserve.
 
Discover the World of Plankton – Saturday, July 20, 1 to 3 p.m. Discover the hidden world of the estuary with some of the smallest critters that live in Tampa Bay. Plankton is a diverse group of organisms suspended in the water of estuaries, oceans and all other bodies of water. Microscopes will help reveal these fascinating live creatures. Just stop by for this self guided activity for ages 8 and older.
 
Going Coastal – Discover the World of Plankton – Saturday, July 20, 1-3 p.m. Discover the hidden world of the estuary with some of the smallest critters that live in Tampa Bay. Plankton is a diverse group of organisms suspended in the water of estuaries, oceans and all other bodies of water. Microscopes will help reveal these fascinating live creatures. Just stop by for this self guided activity for ages 8 and older. 
 
OTHER LOCATIONS
Fertilizer/Pesticide BMPs Certification – Wednesday, July 24, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Training to obtain limited certification for urban landscape commercial fertilizer (LCULCF). BMP certification awarded upon passing the exam. Four FDACS pesticide CEUs provided. 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost is $15; free to employees of Pinellas County and the Pinellas County School Board; and volunteers of the Pinellas County Master Gardener club. Must present ID on day of class. Advance registration required. Call (727) 582-2562.
 
Creatures of the Night – Wednesday, July 24, 2-3 p.m. at the Garden Club of St. Petersburg, 500 Sunset Dr., S, St. Petersburg. Pinellas County's Natural Resource Extension Agent, Lara Miller, will discuss the creatures of the night.  All of our nocturnal critters form a vital part of our natural environment but are largely ignored. Come learn more about these fascinating creatures. Recommended for adults. Call (727) 582-2109.

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