Guided Preserve Tours & Nature Hikes
One of the best ways to experience and discover Brooker Creek Preserve is through the guided hike program offered by the Center. Each hike is designed to engage participants in a journey of discovery. Come visit “Our Wildest Place.”
A Center staff member or trained volunteer guide visitors on each hike. Guided tours are by reservation only and visitors are encouraged to register by noon on the day before the tour of choice. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Preserve trails are sometimes rugged and hikers may encounter standing water during the wet season. Therefore, we recommend hikers wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes, and have a pair of dry ones in their vehicle for when they return. Please inform the hike guide of any potential health issues prior to the hike so they can gauge the hike appropriately. During the summer months, the Preserve is home to a wide variety of insects. Insect repellent and light-weight, long-sleeved shirts and long pants allow hikers to share the Preserve with our natural residents.
Birds of Brooker Hike
Second Saturday of the month - Free
Have you wondered what bird is singing in your backyard? Do you see and hear birds but don't know who they are? If so, join us for a Beginning Bird Hike to learn how to identify common birds as we meander along a one-mile trail. Bring water and binoculars if you have them. registration required
Brooker Creek Preserve Hike
Multiple Fridays a month - Free
Join your local Natural Resources Agent as you hike along two miles of boardwalks and natural trails at Brooker Creek Preserve. This will be a learning experience for everyone! Come prepared with your binoculars, cameras, and questions! Any questions your hike guide cannot answer will be researched in the resource room upon return to the Education Center. registration required
Multiple dates - Free
Sponsored by our Volunteers
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Hike the Preserve in search of that perfect shot. This program provides opportunities for photographers of all levels to hone their skills. In a brief classroom session, local photographers and master naturalists Karl and Kathleen Nichter highlight the seasonal features that help participants capture the natural beauty of Brooker Creek Preserve. Then hike the boardwalk and trails looking for those shots that reflect the season. Please note, this hike has been extended to 10:30; feel free to stay an extra 30 minutes if you'd like to learn EVEN MORE! Recommended for adults and children 12 and over. registration required
Volunteer Hike Guides will meet participants in the lobby of the Exhibit Hall 10 minutes before the scheduled start time. We strongly suggest all hikers visit the restroom before we begin as there are no facilities along the trail.