Off the Beaten Path (Donation Requested- See Below)

Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center - Pinellas County Extension

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Tarpon Springs, FL

Off the Beaten Path (Donation Requested- See Below)

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NOTE: The March 16th hike has been canceled and moved to March 8th of 2015 (as the last hike of the series).

This series of four hikes will take place in beautiful areas tucked away within Brooker Creek Preserve in sites that are closed to the public.  Our guide, Dr. Craig Huegel, (SPC Biology Professor), can identify everything from the tiniest moss to the tallest tree including animal prints bird calls lichens and more.  He is full of stories and very patient with answering questions.  The hikes will not only be educational but a lot of fun as well!  The hikes will begin at 9:00am and be about 3-4 hours long.  Bring water and lunch.  Sorry, no pets or alcoholic beverages allowed.

Cost:  $80 donation fror the series or $25 donation per hike.

Hikes Off the Beaten Path:

June 8 - Cypress Swamp Stomp - Located in the central part of the preserve, this site features orchids, ferns, and epiphytes.  We might get wet, really wet, as we plunge into the depths of the swamp!

September 14 - In Search of the Catesby's Lily - Located in the eastern part of the preserve, we will search for the endangered Catesby's Lily.  In so doing, we will see a profusion of beautiful fall wildflowers in full bloom.

December 7 - Interior Wildlands - We will be in parts of the preserve so remote that cell phones won't work, areas so pretty you won't believe you are in Pinellas County!

March 8 (2015) - Sandhill Scramble - The only true sandhills of Brooker Creek Preserve.  This site in the northern end of the preserve and will feature an abundance of spring wildflowers.

Reservations Required:  reserve your spot by emailing  Sign up early!  Only 20 spots are open for these fabulous hikes off the beaten path!

Questions: or 727-934-2680. 


Reservation policy

Before continuing, we would like to make you aware of our reservation policies. Cancellations - If your class is canceled for any reason you will be notified no less than 24 hours prior to class start. We will provide a full refund for cancellations made by Pinellas County Extension. Refunds may take up to 30 days to process. Payment - We require full payment at time of reservation so be prepared with a credit card to complete this transaction. Refunds - Refunds will be made in the event of a class cancellation or if the registrant requests a refund 24 hours prior to the class time. Reservations - You must be 18 to make a reservation. If you are under 18 and want to attend a class you must register and attend with a parent or guardian.

The Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) is an Equal Opportunity Institution authorized to provide research, educational information, and other services only to individuals and institutions that function with non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, political opinions, or affiliations. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Florida, IFAS, Florida A&M University Cooperative Extension Program, and Boards of County Commissioners Cooperating.


Have questions about Off the Beaten Path (Donation Requested- See Below)? Contact Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center - Pinellas County Extension


Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center
3940 Keystone Rd
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688


Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center - Pinellas County Extension

Pinellas County Extension at Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center is proud to offer a variety of educational and interpretive programs for the public. The goal of these programs is to empower citizens to make informed decisions about natural and cultural resources. Center programs interpret the natural and cultural history of the area in order to demonstrate the balance between our needs and the needs of natural Florida. For more information please call (727) 453-6800.

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