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University of Florida/IFAS Extension offers April programs

Leslie Dougherty Filler

With the return of warmer weather it’s time to get back to nature. The University of Florida/IFAS Extension Program has released the April schedule of outdoor education programs. From story time to night hikes, the splendor of the great outdoors can be explored using age-appropriate methods. These activities and classes take place at Brooker Creek Preserve, Weedon Island Preserve, and Pinnellas County Extension sites, as noted. Pre-registration is required for all classes. To register, or for more information, call or email the venue. All activities are free of charge, unless otherwise noted.

IFAS Extension Program is a partnership between state, federal, and county governments to provide scientific knowledge and expertise to the public. The University of Florida, together with Florida A&M University, administers the Florida Cooperative Extension Service.

Brooker Creek Preserve

3940 Keystone Road

Tarpon Springs, FL 34688

(727) 453-6800

April 12

Birds of Brooker Hike

8 to 10:30 a.m.

April 12

Aquatic Life of Brooker Creek Preserve

10:30 a.m. to noon.

Great for all ages!

April 17, 24

Book Time at Brooker

10:30 to 11:15 a.m.

ages 3 to 5

April 18

Wildlife Hike

9 to 11 a.m.

come prepared with binoculars, cameras, and questions.

April 19

Footprints on the Land Hike

9 to 10:30 a.m

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Dragonfly Discover Walk

10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m

Binoculars and a camera are encouraged

April 25

Big Birds for Beginners

10:30 a.m. to noon

Great for all ages

$3 per person donation is requeste

Brooker Creek Night Hike

A $3 per person donation is requested. sign up by email or call (727)934-2680.

April 26

Guided Photography Hike

8:30 to 10:30 a.m

Recommended for adults and children 12 and older.

Our Wildest Place Guided Hike

9 to 10:30 a.m

All ages are welcome although children younger than 6 may find the hike challenging. Children younger than 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Wildflower Garden Club

8 to 11 a.m.

Backyard Habitat Series, Part II – Bats in Your Backyard

10:30 a.m. to noon

best suited for adults

Weedon Island Preserve

1800 Weedon Drive NE

St. Petersburg, FL 33702

(727) 453-6500

April 18

UF/IFAS Earth Day Everyday for Youth & Family

10 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

best suited for children 6-12 years

April 19

Weedon Photography Hike

8 to 10 a.m

UF/IFAS Earth Day Everyday

. 9 to noon

Each participant will receive an Estuary to Friendly Living booklet, guide to Rain Barrels, insulated shopping bag, and home energy saving kit. Completed barrel available for $30, paid in advance (see ticket type). Barrel quantities limited. This program is intended for an adult audience;

April 19, 26

Weedon Island Guided Hike

9 to 11 a.m

Best for ages 6 and older

April 24

Wee-Time at Weedon

10:30 to 11:15 a.m

ages 3 to 5

April 26

Introduction to Plant Identification

10 to11:30 am.

Recommended for adults

Other Venues

April 15

A Fierce Green Fire: Battle for A Living Planet

6 p.m

pre- registration required ay

April 16

Introduction to Plant Identification

Recommended for adults. East Lake Library, 4125 E Lake Road, Palm Harbor, FL 34685

April 24

Vegetable, Herb and Tropical Fruit Garden Tour

Tours start at 9 a.m.

Recommended for adults


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