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Weedon Island Preserve

1800 Weedon Dr NE

St. Petersburg, Florida 33702

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Learn about heritage and rising sea levels at the Archaeology Academy! Come to the Archaeology Academy open volunteer lab where you can get your hands on artifacts the native people of Weedon Island left behind. Following the Lab, hear presentations about sea level rise and heritage. Our featured speaker, Libby Carnahan of Pinellas County’s UF/IFAS Extension, will discuss sea level rise and how it will affect the built and natural environments of Tampa Bay. Jeff Moates of the Florida Public Archaeology Network (FPAN) will provide an update on the Heritage Monitoring Scouts (HMS) program and briefly focus on impacts to heritage sites.

After the presentations, register to hike to an archaeology site or take a canoe to visit different sites around Weedon Island. Fee for the guided hike is $10.00 per person. Recommended for all ages.


Schedule at a glance:
9:30 am-10:30 am – Volunteer Lab
11:00 am-11:45 am – Presentations
12:00 pm-2:00 pm – Site tours

Please choose only ONE of the following activities. These activities will occur at the same time:

Site Hike – Hike with an archaeologist to part of the Weeden Island archaeology site to see an active excavation and learn all about the site and the people that lived there long ago.

For hikes a hat, closed-toe shoes, sunscreen, and a water bottle are recommended.

*Canoe Tours: Heritage Monitoring Scout program - Maneuver canoes to archaeological sites around Weedon Island. You will get the chance to get off the water and monitor conditions of actual archaeology sites.

*We will not be supplying canoes/kayaks. If you would like to attend, please bring your own boat. If you are bringing your own kayak or canoe, you must provide your own paddles and PFD. Each participant will sign a Pinellas County Canoe waiver. Any participants under 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult with a ratio of 1 adult: 1 youth. Participants must wear a closed-toe wading shoe (old tennis shoes, keens, scuba booties). Sun protection (hat, sunglasses, cover up) is recommended.

For more information please contact Florida Public Archaeology Network at (813) 396-2325.



Featured Speaker Libby Carnahan

Biography: Libby Carnahan is the UF/IFAS Extension, Florida Sea Grant Agent in Pinellas County. Libby is playing a leading role in Tampa Bay in helping citizens, governments, and industry make well-informed choices in the face of a changing climate. Libby facilitates the Tampa Bay Climate Science Advisory Panel, is a member of the Gulf of Mexico Climate Outreach Community of Practice, and a leader of the UF/IFAS Florida Sea Grant Work Action Group. Libby holds a BS in Biology from Truman State University (1998) and an MS in Marine Science from the University of South Florida (2005).

Abstract: The Tampa Bay region is highly vulnerable to the potential effects of sea level rise, however with appropriate planning the region can increase its resilience to sea level rise and other coastal hazards. This talk will focus on (1) public perceptions of potential climate change and sea level rise impacts to Tampa Bay, (2) the science of sea-level rise, (3) sea level rise projections for Tampa Bay, (4) a summary of the potential impacts of sea-level rise to the built and natural environments of Tampa Bay, and (5) and an introduction to sea-level rise adaption planning.



Reservation policy

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. We require full payment at time of reservation so be prepared with a credit card to complete this transaction. 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. 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.

UF/IFAS is an equal opportunity institution.

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