Unless otherwise noted, all events are free but require advance registration.
BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE
(727) 453-6800. www.brookercreekpreserve.org.
Kids into Bugs and Dirt – Saturday, July 13, 2 to 3:30 p.m. The 4-H Brooker Creek Explorers Club is a newly formed club seeking new members ages 5 to 18. Meeting are twice a month to learn about and explore a new environmental topic from trees to bees and everything in between. Members receive an age-specific booklet of their choice which enables them to continue their work outside of the meeting times. The club aims to teach them things they may not have learned in school and will get them outdoors as much as possible.
Book Time at Brooker – Thursday, July 18, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity.
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.
WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE
(727) 453-6500. www.weedonislandpreserve.org.
Island Guided Hike – Saturday, July 13, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older.
Archaeology Works – Shells – Saturday, July 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Archaeologists study ancient shells to not only learn about the diets and tools of prehistoric Floridians, but also the environments in which they lived. Learn to identify different shell types from around the Tampa Bay area and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about the past.
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.
Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden Tour – Thursday, July 18, 9 to 11 a.m. Explore the vegetable garden and compost demonstration areas at Pinellas County Extension/Florida Botanical Gardens to learn more about growing your own food. See an eye-catching array of culinary, medicinal and aromatic herbs, trees and flowers in the garden and wander the paths between the Egyptian, Mediterranean, Asian and Beverage plantings to learn how the featured plants can be used in your home. Discover the tropical fruits that do well in our Florida climate including many varieties of bananas, figs, papayas, mangoes, avocados, sugar cane and citrus. Learn about little-known fruits that are not usually considered by the home gardener including Jackfruit, Carambola, Buddha's Hand and Pomegranate. View a diversity of plantings including a wide variety of ground covers, bromeliads, palms and power-line friendly trees that can be used in landscapes. Free; tours limited to group of 4 to 16 people; advance registration required. Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo. Call (727) 582-2100.