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  1. Gesneriads: Gesneriad Culture

    Office of Dr. Robert Martinez

    Tampa : 402 W Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd., Tampa, 33603

    Tampa Bay Gesneriad Society meets with tips for growing the diverse group that includes African violets, gloxinias, and lipstick plants; with plant show and tell and plant raffle. For more information, email to: chasfisher@verizon.net.

    Learn what lighting conditions, watering, humidity and soil requirements, are required to grow the most common types of gesneriads.

    Price: Free.

  2. Intro to Plant Identification

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Extension specialists take budding botanists on a hike to learn basic plant identification and to find out what flowers and ferns inhabit our area.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  3. Sunken Gardens Plant Talks: Bromeliads for Florida Gardens

    Sunken Gardens

    Fourth Street Garden District : 1825 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg, 33704

    Expand your gardening horizons in weekly horticulture programs. 

    Learn about bromeliad culture in Florida from Tropiflora Nursery's Dennis Cathcart; with plants for sale.

    Price: Free with Gardens admission: $8, $6 seniors, $4 kids 2-11.

  4. 'Save Weeki Wachee Springs' Algae Clean Up

    Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

    Spring Hill / West Hernando : 6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, 34606

    The Rotary Clubs of Brooksville and Spring Hill Central will clean up the Lyungbya algae, which could create serious issues if not kept under control. (Clean-ups in the springs are on Wednesdays and clean-ups of the river are on Saturdays.) New volunteers are welcome; please arrive 15 minutes ea …

    Price: No cost.

  5. Saturday Guided Hike at Weedon Island

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Pull on your grubby sneakers and join a hike through coastal mangroves and upland ecosystems. Learn about the coastal environment and the early residents of this area. Bring water and hat. Recommended for ages six and older.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  6. Uplands Module Florida Master Naturalist Program

    Chinsegut Conservation Center

    Brooksville / East Hernando : 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville, 34601

    The course, which continues each Saturday through Oct. 25, exlpores the uplands natural communities of Florida through classroom activities and field trips. Details are available at masternaturalist.ifas.ufl.edu.

    Price: $225.

  7. Footprints on the Land Hike

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Take a short walk along the Education Center Trail to learn about the many "footprints" that can be found.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  8. Nature's Elements

    Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Kids take a walk in the preserve to explore nature through crafts and activities. Water, hat and snacks recommended. Best for ages 4 to 8.

    Price: $10.

  9. Plant Identification

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Adults can learn the basics of identifying flowering plants in the field in this class for would-be botanists.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  10. Dragonfly Discover Walk

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Brooker Creek is the home to approximately 20 or more species of odonates. Bring binoculars and a camera to learn the history of dragonflies and their importance to a healthy ecosystem.

    Price: Free.

  11. Welcome Home Hawks

    McGough Nature Park

    Largo : 11901 146th St. N, Largo, 33774

    Help welcome the two red-shouldered hawks to their new home in the birds of prey program.

    Price: Free.

  12. Nature Journaling

    Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1101 Country Club Way S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Ages 14 and older can enhance the experience of nature through art and writing.

    Price: $10.

  13. Garden Club of St. Petersburg: Managing Pests in the Garden

    Garden Club of St. Petersburg

    St. Petersburg : 500 Sunset Drive S, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Club meets with programs to help home gardeners enhance their outdoor spaces and learn more about horticulture and plants.

    The Jungle Circle of the Garden Club features program by Pam Brown on how to safely control garden pests.

    Price: Free.

  14. Rare Plant Auction

    Good Samaritan Church

    Pinellas Park : 6085 Park Blvd., Pinellas Park, 33781

    Here's a chance for home gardeners to add something different to their landscape, with unusual and unique plants, at Rare Plant Network's annual fall auction. Cash only.

    Price: Free admission.

  15. Fire and Flowers Walk

    Crystal River Preserve State Park

    Citrus County : 3266 N Sailboat Ave. , Crystal River, 34428

    Join park biologist Keith Morin for a two-hour walk through an area recently burned, and learn about the importance that natural fire plays in ecosystems.

    Price: Free, donations welcome.

  16. Wee-time at Weedon

    Weedon Island Preserve

    St. Petersburg : 1800 Weedon Drive NE, St. Petersburg, 33702

    Includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3-5.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  17. Book Time at Brooker Creek

    Brooker Creek Preserve

    Tarpon Springs : 3940 Keystone Road, Tarpon Springs, 34688

    Program includes story related crafts, games and other hands-on activities. Best for ages 3 to 5.

    Price: Free (registration required).

  18. Using Essential Oils

    Nature's Food Patch

    Downtown Clearwater : 1225 Cleveland St., Clearwater, 33755

    Discover how oils can be used to relax achy muscles, cleanse the body, repel insects and more, in program with Emily Wenzel.

    Price: Free.

  19. Florida Faces Water Woes: But We Can Avoid the Pain

    Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute

    St. Petersburg : 100 Eighth Ave. SE, St. Petersburg, 33701

    Journalist and author Cynthia Barnett will speak about Florida's looming water crisis and discuss solutions. The audience will also get a sneak peek at her new book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, scheduled for release April 21.

    Price: Free.

  20. Pioneer Homeschool Day

    Pinellas Pioneer Settlement

    St. Petersburg : 2900 31st St. S, St. Petersburg, 33705

    Hands on learning, hikes and crafts. Best for ages 6 to 12.

    Price: $15.

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