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Aloha From The Edge ( Brooker Creek Preserve )

Randy Sylvia

At approximately 8700 acres, Brooker Creek Preserve is the largest natural area in Pinellas County. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. Bordered by dense urban development, the Preserve provides both a unique refuge for native flora and fauna as well as an opportunity for citizens to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida.

The Preserve also serves to protect a significant portion of the Brooker Creek Watershed. A complex of hiking and equestrian trails provide visitors an opportunity to explore the Preserve’s many ecosystems. All trails are open for day-use only and remain in their natural state to minimize the impact of our presence in the area. While boardwalks allow passage over routinely wet areas, other areas of the trails may be seasonally wet. Leave all your electronics home and bring your camera. What a great place to visit.

The land that today encompasses Brooker Creek Preserve has seen many changes over time.

Its forested wetlands, pine flatwoods, and other ecosystems have supported a great diversity of wildlife as well as a wide range of human activities.

Native people hunted and gathered here for thousands of years, leaving behind spear points that date from 7000 BCE to 900 CE.

Until recently, hunting, logging, cattle-grazing, and raising citrus were common activities that shaped the local landscape for generations. The history of Brooker Creek Preserve has mirrored much of the history of Florida.

What positive roles might we all play in the future of Brooker Creek Preserve? Its long-term protection depends on the informed decisions of citizens, sustainable support from visitors, and cooperation among all its partners.

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
(727) 453-6800

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