July Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center

July 2nd 8 AM – 4PM  Trails Work Day: With the recent rains and abundant sunshine the hiking trails are in need of some pruning especially around trail signs and benches. We will meet at the Conservation Center at 8 AM then head to the shop to gather tools for the job. We will wrap-up work at 4 PM. If you cannot be at the Center by 8 AM I can arrange to meet with groups and guide them to work sites, indicate what time you will arrive in your RSVP. RSVP to [email protected] or call (352) 754-6722.

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July 8th 10:00 AM       Florida Land Management: Statewide many agencies manage public lands for the benefit of people and wildlife. Join representatives from some of these agencies for a look at the how, why and regulation of land management. DEP will share a success story on managed lands for Scrub Jays and Fish and Wildlife Biologist Matt Koenig will lead a short hike through an area that has recently begun the process of restoration to showcase changes taking place right here at Chinsegut! Adults only please.

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July 9th 10:00 AM       Family Butterfly Bingo Challenge: BINGO can be exciting especially when you add the challenge of trying to identify animals on the move. Stop by the Conservation Center to try your hand at butterfly BINGO. Learn to identify native butterfly species with the added fun of competition. Recommended for all ages.

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July 15th 10:00 AM     DIY: Rain Gardens: If you are tired of the unsightly washout around your downspouts, want to reduce rain runoff into storm drains or are just looking for a good way to incorporate more color in your landscape Lilly Browning of the Florida-Friendly Landscape program can help you reach garden nirvana. Come for a full lesson and guidance on making those rain drops work for you!

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July 15th 8:00 PM       Bat Watch and Night Hike: Join the Conservation Center staff for a viewing of the night time emergence of our hundreds of Brazilian free-tailed bats then a short night hike to May’s Prairie to see who else is about. This is a night hiking opportunity for all ages, terrain is not suitable for strollers. Please be prepared with bug spray.

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July 16th 10:00 AM     Children in the WILD; Frogs and Tadpoles: The Summer season is here and along with it abundant amphibians. Join us at the Conservation Center to explore through fun and games who is hopping around Chinsegut. Program is for ages 4-7, no need to register.

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July 22nd 7:00 PM      Bug Hunt: Dr. William Lester of the Hernando County UF/IFAS program is returning to Chinsegut to get dirty collecting bugs. This program will be completely outdoors and will involve live bug collection from various rotting logs, dirt and traps. We will be comparing species variety in different areas around the center. This program is recommended for all ages, terrain is not stroller friendly. Bring gloves and a sense of adventure!

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July 23rd 9:00 AM       Introduction to Nature Photography with Naturalist Bob Lewis: Novice and intermediate photographers are invited to join this 2 hour nature photography workshop. There is no cost for the workshop, photographers should bring their own camera and journal to take notes. Advance registration is required, session is limited to 10 participants. Please register by calling Chinsegut Conservation Center at (352)754-6722 or contact Bob Lewis at [email protected]. Program will run through the summer each photographer may submit one photo from the class for an informal photo contest, all submissions will be displayed at Chinsegut Conservation Center through August 2016.