Chinsegut Conservation Center Nature Programs for September

Chisnegut Conservation Center is located 7 miles north of Brooksville, and covers 408 of the 850 acres comprising Chinsegut Wildlife and Environmental Area (WEA). The Conservation center has regular nature programs and is the only educational facility operated by the Commission’s Office of Public Access and Wildlife Viewing.

September 1st 7:30 PM                     Night Hike: As the nights cool down the activity heats up. Join us at Chinsegut for a guided night hike to see who is up when the sun goes down. This hike is open to ages 5+. Please register to attend by calling (352) 754-6722. Hike runs up to 2 hours.

Beginners archery for adults – image courtesy of Alice Mary Herndon of Green Fly Media

September 2nd 10:00 AM                 Beginners Archery for adults: Ages 16+ can register to attend this fun 2 hour session on beginning archery. This is a free program and all equipment is provided by the Conservation Center. Register by calling (352) 754-6722, limited to 16 registrants.

September 5th 10:00 AM                  Nature Photography, Pollinators and other bugs: Join professional photographer Alice Mary Herden of Green-fly Media for a bug hunt at the Big Pine Tract of Chinsegut. View program information and additional dates on Eventbrite.com, search Chinsegut Conservation Center.

Purple coneflowers are bee-friendly. You can plant some in your garden to help the bees.

September 7th 11:00 AM                  Chinsegut Habitats: Home school, ages 10-13: Children between the ages of 10 and 13 can be registered to take part in the 5 class environment series being offered at Chinsegut this fall. This first class in the series focuses on the habitats and wildlife found around Chinsegut. These are free programs, they run 4 hours each, children should bring bagged lunches and plenty of drinks/ snacks. Register by calling (352) 754-6722. Due to grade specific standards children under the age of 9 will not be permitted to be registered for this series.

September 8th 10:00 AM                  UF/IFAS, How to Grow Caterpillar Food: Master Gardener Dr. Kathleen Shields will walk you through the right host plants to attract a flutter of beautiful butterflies to your yard. Dr. Shields will also tell you how to prepare for those very hungry caterpillars which the butterflies will leave behind. No need to register for this free program.

September 9th 10:00 AM                  Chinsegut Geology Tour: Retired professional geologist and longtime Center volunteer Mike Kelley will lead a guided walk and talk about the formation of lands on and around Chinsegut WEA. Program include a short presentation on Florida rock and soil layers prior to hike. No registration required for this program. Recommended for ages 10+.

Butterflies aplenty.

September 12th 6:30 PM                  Butterflies: Join Chinsegut educator Joe Murphy for a talk on the physiology of butterflies and the varieties of butterflies found around Chinsegut. Joe will briefly discuss butterfly ID and how to get involved in the Wings-Over-Florida certificate program for butterfly ID. No need to register for this free program.

September 16th 2:00 PM                  Children in the WILD, Bears: This program, open to ages 5-9 allows children to explore the life of a Florida Bear through games, story-telling and crafts. Please register children for this program by calling (352) 754-6722 or at MyFWC.com/Chinsegut.

Chinsegut Conservation Center’s wetlands – home to wading birds, many dragonfly species, frogs, toads and a whole slew of creatures.

September 21st 11:00 AM                Exploring a Basin Marsh: Home School, ages 10-13: Children between the ages of 10 and 13 can be registered to take part in the 5 class environment series being offered at Chinsegut this fall. This second class in the series focuses on the food web and diversity of May’s Prairie. These are free programs, they run 4 hours each, children should bring bagged lunches and plenty of drinks/ snacks. Register by calling (352) 754-6722, please ask for program details as there are some requirements of students for this session.

September 23rd 8:00 AM                  Volunteer Chinsegut!: Pitch in to help us pick up the roadside trash along Snow Memorial Highway. The center will provide gloves, trash grabbers, water and bags. Trash is not only unsightly but can harm wildlife, help us reduce this impact by signing up to attend. Call (352) 754-6722 to help out.

September 24th 9:00 AM                  Walking Sticks Hike; Janet Butterfield: Join this monthly hiking club by calling (352) 754-6722. Hikers learn about natural areas, history and land management specific to hike locations. All hikes are staff led, free of charge and for adults only. This is a rare opportunity to visit the Janet Butterfield Preserve which is generally not open to the public.

September 30th 10:00 AM                E-Birding with Ornithologist Adam Kent: E-Bird is a Cornell Lab of Ornithology Citizen Science site that has revolutionized birding for birders and scientists. During this interactive presentation participants will learn how to enter sightings and use E-bird to locate specific species. Bring your laptop or tablet to follow along!

September 30th 2:00 PM                  Birding 101: Ages 12+ can sign-up to attend this beginners program on bird ID. Audubon birding hikes will begin at Chinsegut in October, get ready to join the fun by getting some quick tips on binoculars, guides and ID tips and tricks. Please register by calling (352) 754-6722. Center will provide all equipment for this program.

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