Brooker Creek Preserve
Brooker Creek Preserve is approximately 8,700 acres, and the largest natural area in Pinellas County. It consists primarily of forested wetlands and pine flatwoods. Bordered by dense urban development, the Preserve provides both a unique refuge for native flora and fauna, as well as an opportunity for citizens to explore the natural beauty of wild Florida. The Preserve also serves to protect a significant portion of the Brooker Creek Watershed. A complex of hiking and equestrian trails provide visitors an opportunity to explore the Preservels many ecosystems.
Free Admission! -
Environmental Education Center
Exhibits, displays, programs and classes. more
& Nature Hikes
Guided tours are by reservation only. more
Annual Events /
Yearly events sponsored by our partners. more
Water supply, watershed, natural resources more
Boardwalks & Hiking Trails
Scenic boardwalks, hiking and horse trails available. more
Largest natural area in Pinellas County more
Help visitors understand natural Florida more
Four different ecosystems represented more
Brooker Creek Preserve Videos - Publications - Gift Shop - Visitor Map
Upcoming Webinars and Events
Webinars listed below take place via Zoom. Registration is required.
EVERY Thursday 10:30 - 11:00 a.m.
In person: Book Time at Brooker
Connect children to the wonders of the natural world through a nature related story & a craft to follow! Geared toward 3 to 5 year olds. Register today
Saturday, January 15, 2022
In person: Practical Guide to Nature Photography: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
While the Internet offers plenty of photography videos and advice, asking questions isn't easy. Join photographers Karl and Kathleen Nichter for a practical guide to nature photography, gleaned from over 15 years of experience in the field. Plus, they are right there to answer your questions! Although we won't be taking any photographs during this session, if you have any camera questions bring your camera along and we will do our best to answer them. Register today
Wednesday January 19 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Webinar: Wood-Wide-Web; how fungi can unite ecosystems
Individual plants in the forest may be joined to one another via a complex fungal network. We will examine this network and some of the recent research being done to help us understand this system and the effects it has on forest ecology. Recommended for adults.Register today
Friday, January 21 Arbor Day Celebration
9:00 a.m. - Florida Forest Hike: Venture out along the Flatwoods Trail loop with Natural Resources Agent, Lara Milligan to learn all about her most favorite thing...TREES! Get ready to look up and explore the world of trees in honor of Florida Arbor Day. Lara tends to throw in some surprises on her hikes, so be ready when she asks for volunteers! Register today
12:15 p.m. – Webinar: Pines of Pinellas:
Natural Resources Agent, Lara Milligan will explore the Pines of Pinellas in this lunch-n-learn webinar. There are only three commonly found species in our county, so it's a great place to start learning tree identification. Join Lara to learn in honor of Florida Arbor Day.Register today
2:00 p.m. – In person: Youth Tree Program:
Explore the inside and outside of trees with hands-on activities, a drone demonstration, microscope exploration, tree cookie investigation and more! Register today
Saturday, January 22 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In person: Wood-Wide-Web; how fungi can unite ecosystems
Individual plants in the forest may be joined to one another via a complex fungal network. We will examine this network and some of the recent research being done to help us understand this system and the effects it has on forest ecology. Recommended for adults and youth over 12. Register today
Sunday, January 23 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Music in the Woods: Featuring The Meriggiare String Quartet!
We are happy to host The Meriggiare String Quartet for this popular event, sponsored by the Friends of Brooker Creek and held in the Auditorium. $15/person donation requested. Registration required, see Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve website. Register today
Saturday, January 29 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
In person: Insect Galls: Talk & Walk
Let us introduce you to the intriguing world of galls! These alien-looking growths are found on plants around the world and are hiding tiny secrets: bugs!
We will explore the common species of galling insects in Florida and the Tampa Bay area. Special attention will be given to the wasp family Cynipidae, one of the most specialized and fascinating groups of parasitic insects in the world. After an indoor presentation we will move outside for a gall hunt, exploring the native galls of Brooker Creek and how they contribute to local biodiversity! Recommended for adults. Register today
Seven Upcoming Guided Hikes in January
Special Programs, Classes and Events:
- Pinellas County Extension
Offers 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.
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