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Upcoming Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center Programs for March, 2017

2/14/2017 11:22:03 AM

Contact: Lloyd Simmons 727-793-2976

Upcoming Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center Programs for March, 2017

CLEARWATER, Fla. – The Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center at 2750 Park Trail Lane, Clearwater, FL 33759 (unless otherwise listed.) will be hosting a variety of programs during the month of March. Please call 727-793-2976 or email Lloyd.Simmons@MyClearwater.com for details. Some programs require preregistration. Highlights include:

CLEARWATER AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING

Monday, March 6, 6:30 p.m.

The local chapter of the National Audubon Society conducts field trips to Florida’s natural areas, supports local environmental education efforts and sponsors environmental educators to Audubon training centers. Everyone is welcome.

March 6 Program – Coyotes – Laura Milligan. Join UF/IFAS Natural Resources Extension Agent, Lara Milligan as she discusses a relatively new resident to Pinellas County, the coyote. Lara will explore the life history of the coyote as well as its ability to adapt and survive in urban environments. If you have seen a coyote in Pinellas County, you are not alone. Come and learn about this nocturnal creature and what you need to know.

BIRD WALK

Saturday, March 4, 8:00 a.m.

Take a guided hike on Moccasin Lake’s newly renovated nature trail while seeking birds by sight and sound. Bring binoculars and field guides, if you have them. Meet in the parking lot. Free!

BIRDS IN CLASSICAL MUSIC

Saturday, March 18, 10:30 a.m.

Sit back and enjoy music and bird songs. Explore bird songs in classical music! Free program.

PINELLAS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETING

Wednesday, March 1, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This non-profit, educational and recreational club is for those interested in native plants. They discuss native plant topics at meetings and give talks at libraries, schools and environmental education centers. $1 suggested donation per person. http://pinellas.fnpschapters.org/

THE FLORIDA HERB SOCIETY MEETING

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.

Registration and herbal swap at 6:30 p.m. (meeting starts at 6:45). Bring herb cuttings, seeds and plants to swap along with your favorite herbal delight to add to our tasting and herbal swap tables. $1 suggested donation per person. FloridaHerbSociety.com

CLEARWATER TURTLE & TORTOISE CLUB OF FLORIDA MEETING

Saturday, March 11, 6:30-9:30 p.m.

This non-profit, educational and recreational club is for those interested in turtles with an emphasis on responsibility husbandry and captive breeding. Each month a speaker discusses turtle topics and they give talks at libraries, schools and environmental educational education centers. For more info contact Mark Kirshner at 352-340-6619. $1 suggested donation per session

SUNCOAST HERPETOLOGICAL SOCIETY MEETING

Saturday, March 25, 6 - 8 p.m.

The Suncoast Herpetological Society is a non-profit, educational, and recreational club for people interested in reptiles and amphibians with an emphasis on responsible husbandry & captive breeding. The Suncoast Herpetological Society provides educational talks to Pinellas County residents as well as the surrounding counties and communities. Each month a speaker discusses a herpetological topic at the meeting, and he or she goes into the community giving talks at libraries, schools and environmental education centers. $1 suggested donation per person. www.kingsnake.com/suncoastherpsociety

HUKYU BONSAI SOCIETY MEETING

Saturday, March 11, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Learn the art and techniques of Bonsai. www.facebook.com/hukyubonsaisociety. Call Jeff Haskins at 813-951-1904 or Kay Waldron at 727-376-0178 for details. $1 suggested donation per session

PINELLAS BEEKEEPERS ASSOCIATION INC. MEETING

Tuesday, March 14, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Pinellas Beekeepers is a group of local beekeepers, whose purpose is to learn, teach, promote, and share beekeeping knowledge at meetings and through activities in and near Pinellas County Florida. We feel a necessity to let the public know how important the Bees are to the environment and to educate them on the misconception that Honey Bees are just another pest. You will learn how important they are for pollination of our food sources and the many advantages that honey and other hive products have for our health. $1 suggested donation to Moccasin Lake for use of room. https://www.facebook.com/groups/PinellasBeekeepers/ or PinellasBeekeepers.com

CHAINWHEEL DRIVE: Nature Discovery on Two Wheels

Trail Ride

Friday, March 10, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Meet at Long Center (west side of practice field), Clearwater, FL

Focus on enjoying yourself during this ride led by a cycling expert. Riders of all skill levels are welcome. Riders of all skill levels welcome.

http://chainwheeldrive.com/ Free!

INTRO TO KAYAKING

Learn the basics of kayaking in the classroom and on the water in this dynamic 2-day program! Spend Thursday evening learning about different parts of the kayak, the equipment, and techniques, and turn your knowledge into skills the following Saturday afternoon on a lake. Equipment is provided. http://www.ospreybay.com/ Cost is free.

Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center (classroom seminar)

Thursday, March 9, 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater, FL 33759

Cliff Stephens Park (on the water demo)

Saturday, March 11, 11 am. - 12 p.m.

600 Fairwood Ave., Clearwater, FL 33759

ARCHERY

Saturday, March 4, 11:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Children ages 8-18 learn the basics of archery. $5 (Clearwater Rec card) / $6 (No card)

THE MOCCASIN LAKE ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CENTER’S BIRDS OF PREY

Saturday, March 11, noon-1 p.m., Cliff Stephens Park (600 Fairwood Ave. –Parking Lot)

Specialists will bring live birds of prey to various Clearwater parks to allow visitors a close-up look at these magnificent birds.

THE ABUNDANT APPLICATIONS OF FUNGI

Saturday, March 11, 2:00 p.m.

This program will teach how to incorporate the miraculous kingdom of fungi into everyday life, thus enhancing the health and vitality of the ecosystem around us. Learn about the endless diversity of applications from nature's own engineers and chemists, including bioremediation, sustainable agriculture, food/water security, medicine/health, textiles, and so much more. Wear proper clothing for a walk outdoors and mosquito repellant is recommended. Free program.

VINYASA YOGA WITH ESPI MACMILLAN

Wednesday, March 22, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

This is a slow-flow class that focuses on alignment, improving safety and stability while building strength and flexibility. This class may be as strong or gentle as you'd like; modifications are offered and encouraged. All levels are welcome. Experience mindful breathing in and out, seamlessly linking breath and movement in this classical yoga practice. Moving. Breathing. Smiling. Contact her at 365-8574 or kapokpilates@gmail.com for information and to register. Program held at Kapok Park located at 2950 Glen Oak Ave. N.

CREATING YOUR OWN FOOD FOREST USING PERMACULTURE TECHNIQUES

Wednesday, March 29, 6:30 p.m.

Learn how to create your own food forest using Permaculture designs and techniques, along with how to use edible perennial plants and trees that will provide you with food for years to come.

EARTH DAY AT MOCCASIN LAKE

Saturday, April 22, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Celebrate this very special day and learn how to do things better as a community by developing a more sustainable, self-sufficient future for the community. Workshops, presentations, music, vendors, food and fun will make up this Earth Day event. Discover what plants are best to have to attract native wildlife in your yard, and meet the center’s birds of prey. Find honey and other products made locally by your neighbors, and take a walk along the scenic trail to Moccasin Lake. The event and parking is free. This is a family-friendly event.