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Upcoming Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center Programs for February, 2017

1/24/2017 11:17:53 AM

Contact: Lloyd Simmons, 727-793-2976

Upcoming Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center Programs for February, 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 February. Please call 727-793-2976 or email Lloyd.Simmons@MyClearwater.com for details. Some programs require preregistration. Highlights include:

GUIDED NATURE HIKE

Tues.-Sat., upon request

A naturalist will guide your group through the 51-acre nature park looking for wildlife, identifying plants and discussing natural habitats in the park. Three-week advance notice recommended. Available upon request for groups of 15 people or more. $3 per person.

NIGHT HIKE

Tues.-Sat., upon request

Explore Florida’s nightlife firsthand where you may encounter owls, bats, alligators, opossums, raccoons, armadillos, and more. Bring bug repellent. Three-week advance notice recommended. Available upon request for groups of 15 people or more. $3 per person.

ORIENTATION/INTERPRETIVE WALKING TOUR OF THE HISTORICAL MYRON A. SMITH BAYVIEW AND THE KAPOK WETLAND ENVIRONMENTAL PARKS

Tues.-Sat., upon request

Enjoy a leisurely interpretive walk through two of the city’s finest parks. Learn about the history and environmental role that each park plays in enhancing and preserving Florida’s unique wild lands and the flora and fauna they support. Three-week advance notice recommended. Available upon request for groups of 15 people or more. $3 per person.

CLEARWATER AUDUBON SOCIETY MEETING

Monday, February 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.

February 6 Program – Birds of Peru – The Bells. Once again the Bells will provide an outstanding program. Program will include birds and other wildlife of Peru.

BIRD WALK

Saturday, February 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!

PINELLAS NATIVE PLANT SOCIETY MEETING

Wednesday, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 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, February 16, 6:30 p.m. -7:30 p.m.

2750 Park Trail Ln., Clearwater, FL 33759

Cliff Stephens Park (on the water demo)

Saturday, February 18, 11 am. - 12 p.m.

600 Fairwood Ave., Clearwater, FL 33759

ARCHERY

Saturday, February 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, February 11, noon-1 p.m., Lake Chautauqua Park (2671 Enterprise Rd. – Equestrian Parking Lot)

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

INTRODUCTION TO PLANT IDENTIFICATION

Saturday, February 25, 10:30 a.m.

Join a local Extension specialist and examine the basics of plant identification, from using simple keys to identifying critical characteristics that will help any would-be botanist in the field. An emphasis will be placed on flowering plants, but ferns will be included as well. Registration is required and all materials will be provided. Recommended for adults. Free program. Call 727-793-2976 for more information.

BIRDS OF ISRAEL

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

Join Dr. Lynn for a photo tour of the Birds of Israel! Free program.

THE FUNGUS AMONG US

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

This program will discuss the inimitable role of fungi in the ecosystem, our society and the evolution of life. Understand the role of the decomposer and the balance they maintain for all biological processes. Become familiar with this least kingdom of all organisms; they are guaranteed to capture your curiosity. Wear proper clothing for a walk outdoors and mosquito repellant is recommended. Free program.

THE FUNGI OF TAMPA BAY

Saturday, February 18, 2:00 p.m.

Learn the basics of fungi identification and structure and become familiar with the local fungi. We will discuss the importance of fungi in relationship specifically to our livelihood right here in Florida. Open your eyes to the incredible diversity of these organisms and learn to spot them. Understand the need for more research and learn how you can contribute. Wear proper clothing for a walk outdoors and mosquito repellant is recommended. Free program.

UF FLORIDA MASTER NATURALIST PROGRAM – UPLAND SYSTEMS COURSE

an adult environmental education program

February 10, 13, 17, 20, 24, 2017

Upland Systems Module

• Taught by Sensing Nature’s UF FMNP Instructors - Jeanne Murphy, Senior Wildlife Biologist; Brian Lane, Senior Ecologist

• Classes Hosted at Moccasin Lake Environmental Education Center, Clearwater

• Field Trips Regional

Encounter Florida’s upland ecosystems and learn about upland pinelands, hardwood forests, scrub and prairies, and their related plants and wildlife inhabitants. Interpretative speaking techniques, conservation issues and human ethics are woven into course material. Program for any adult, novice to knowledgeable, who enjoys learning and experiencing nature

• Daytime Classes—Mondays and Fridays

• 40 Contact Hours with Classroom and Exciting Regional Field Trips

• Limited Space Available

• All Registration is through UF—http://conference.ifas.ufl.edu/fmnp/courses.html

• Registration Closes at Least 1 Week Prior to First Class or When Roster Fills

• $275 Fee with Hard Copy Color Manual, or $230 Fee with USB Drive Containing Manual PDFs

• Excellent for educators, biologists, volunteers/docents, field staff, land managers, ecotour operators, retirees and more!

For course info, contact Pinellas UF FMNP Instructor Jeanne Murphy at 727-397-2306 or jmurphy@sensingnature.com.

SOCCER DRILLS

Wednesday, February 22, 5:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.

Learn drills and tips to dribbling, juggling and touching the soccer ball. Bring your own soccer ball. Instructor is Emily Wenzel. Contact her at 365-8574 or kapokpilates@gmail.com for information and to register

BUILD A BEEHIVE

Saturday, February 25, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Honeybees play an important role in providing food for the planet. Learn about these fascinating little creatures in this free, interactive speaking series, instructed by members of the Pinellas Beekeepers Association. You will go away with a beehive box that you build. Call 727-793-2976 for more information!

NINJA CAMP

Friday, February 3, 6-9 p.m.

Participants will learn the Ninja philosophies of respect, discipline and self-defense. $25 (Clearwater Rec Card) / $28 (No Card)