Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Brooker Creek Preserve hosts Walk for Wildlife to commemorate Earth Day

Brooker Creek Preserve hosts Walk for Wildlife to commemorate Earth Day, To commemorate Earth Day, Pinellas County, IFAS, and Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve hosted Walk for Wildlife one of the most popular fundraisers at Brooker Creek Preserve in Tarpon Springs, Florida, this past Saturday, April 20.

The event was a way to educate the public on wildlife and raise money for restoration efforts at the preserve. "Intended as a calm fundraiser, celebrating the beautiful trails at Brooker, the event was enjoyed by all", said Barbara Hoffman, Chairman of the Friends of Brooker Creek.

With a ten dollar donation, hikers chose a one mile hike, 1.5, 2.8, or 4 mile hiking loop and received a free t-shirt.

Those who came out to see wildlife enjoyed sites of deer, turkey, armadillos, red-shouldered hawks, alligators, snakes and more.

Roaming naturalists were on hand to answer questions and point out interesting things to see.

The award-winning Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center lies within Pinellas County’s largest natural area, Brooker Creek Preserve, and is operated by Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources department. Brooker Creek protects more than 8,700 acres of natural ecosystems.

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 trails wind over creek crossings and through majestic pines, oaks, and cypress offering visitors a chance to experience the preserve’s many ecosystems.

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education offers a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. Most of the programs are free but registration is required.

"The Preserve is an island of wilderness in a sea of development" said Hoffman." "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."

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