Tampa area residents looking for a quiet place to take a walk will enjoy the hiking trails and Environmental Education Center at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs, Florida.
The award-winning Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center lies within Pinellas County’s largest natural area, Brooker Creek Preserve, and is part of the county’s Parks and Conservation Resources department.
Nestled among a wetland forest alongside Brooker Creek, the center is a beautiful, 25,000 square foot three building complex. It includes a 6000 square foot exhibit area, indoor and outdoor classrooms, and an auditorium capable of seating 200 people. Art exhibits by local artists are on display on a two month rotation.
The Center provides a look into Florida’s history through hikes, educational instruction, workshops, public outreach activities and other events. "The Preserve is an island of wilderness in a sea of development" said Barbara Hoffman, Chairman of Friends of Brooker Creek.
The trails wind over creek crossings and through majestic pines, oaks, and cypress offering visitors a chance to experience the preserve’s many ecosystems. "It is a living piece of natural history - it exists as a remnant of wild land that is a living example of what Pinellas County used to be," added Hoffman.
Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center offers a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. Most of the programs are free, although registration is required.