March Nature Programs at Chinsegut Conservation Center
March 3rd 6:00 PM Southeastern American Kestrel (SEAK): Regional FWC Kestrel nest box monitoring coordinator Brendan O’Connor is visiting Chinsegut to give a talk on the SEAK and looking to recruit volunteers for this annual citizen science monitoring project. All are welcome for this program. Please register at (352) 754-6722, space is limited.
March 4th 11:00 AM Animal Tracking Family Fun Lab: This is an opportunity for the young and young at heart to join us at the Conservation Center for a presentation on animal tracks of Florida then a fun round of Who-“Dung”-it; a game that challenges participants to identify animal field signs. Program length 1 hour. Optional post-activities hike to look for animal sign on the trails.
March 8th 5:30 PM Wild Wednesday: Outdoor cooking at its finest. Join Jeanene from Not-A-Clue Adventures guide service for an evening cooking under the stars. Program includes campfire cooking instruction, a full meal with dessert and drinks. Program registration and pricing available at notaclueadventures.com. This opportunity is available on limited occasions, don’t miss out!
March 10th 10:00 AM Wild Edibles: Join Master Gardener Rita Grant for a taste of the wild. Rita has spent many years working with native vegetation and familiarizing herself with edible wild plants. See what the wild has to offer and some historic staples of early Floridians. Please RSVP for this free program at (352) 754-6722.
March 10th 6:00 PM Night Hike: Gather at 6:00 PM at the Center for a brief talk before hitting the trails. Hike will begin at bat houses to watch over 1000 Brazilian free-tailed bats emerge for the evening then continue on to May’s Prairie. This hike is for ages 16+ please register at (352) 754-6722. All necessary lights provided by Center.
March 11th 10 AM – 2 PM Chinsegut Observer: Become a journalist for the day by attending this third “Nature Photography for Kids” session. Each participant will be tasked with photographing and preparing an article for a newspaper and get a copy of the finished product. Not too familiar with photography or nature? Don’t worry we will have a photographer handy to help catch a great shot of your subject and a biologist to assist with the article. Register in advance for this program at (352) 754-6722. A fee is required. Ages 8+, limited to 8 participants.
March 14th 10:00 AM Photographing Butterflies and Flowers: Another installment of nature photography for beginners at Chinsegut. The subject for the month will be photographing butterflies and flowers using different camera modes and settings. This program requires pre-registration and a 10$ fee. Call Alice at (352) 232-6092 to register.
March 16th & 17th 9:00 AM Kids Photography Bootcamp: Calling all photography enthusiasts ages 12-16. Chinsegut Conservation Center and Green-Fly Media are hosting a 2 day workshop for youth who like photography and want to know more about photographing different subjects and in different styles. There will be a full day of practice with camera modes and settings then a full day of creative photography. Participants will get a take home booklet for easy review of camera settings, a photo art shadowbox they will create during the program and copies of their favorite prints from the program. This program is limited to 10 participants and has a 50$ fee for the 2-day period. Fruit and water provided during program, children will need to bring bagged lunches. Program runs until 4 PM each day.
March 18th 10:00 AM Family Fun Archery Tournament: If you enjoy learning new skills and have a competitive side Chinsegut is hosting a family fun archery tournament. This is a 4 hour program during which families will be taught beginners archery on Chinsegut’s target range then have the opportunity to shoot as teams against other families on 10 lanes of the 20 lane woods walk. The Center will provide all equipment. Teams must be 4 people ages 10+. Registration limited to 5 families. Winners will receive a certificate. Register at (352) 754-6722.
March 21st 6:30 PM Planting a Refuge for Wildlife: Creating useable space in your yard for wildlife can attract a number of animals for your viewing enjoyment. When creating a space for wildlife plant choice and arrangement can make big changes in who visits your home. Learn how to plant a refuge for wildlife during this 1 hour program. For a 5$ donation you may also take home a copy of a beautiful illustrated book produced by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission which contains all the information from the class. Please RSVP at (352) 754-6722.
March 24th 8:00 AM Beginners Birding: A volunteer from Hernando Audubon Society will be at the Conservation Center at 8 AM to begin an observation session in the Bird and Butterfly garden before hitting the trails. This program is free, no registration required. Loaner binoculars and field guides available for new birders. Program runs until 11 AM.
March 25th 10:00 AM Chinsegut Geology and Fossil Layers: Join retired geologist Mike Kelley from SWFWMD for a look at the rock layers of Florida and Karst topography. Check out some drilling cores and some fossils from the local area. After learning about rocks and fossils join us for a fun photography shoot with prehistoric props hosted by Green-Fly Media. No registration required.
March 31st 6:30 PM Dealing with Wildlife: Having a landscape that appeals to wildlife can be a double-edged sword. You may get lots of wildlife you enjoy but perhaps are attracting some unwanted attention. Join us for a 1 hour program on how to deal with undesired wildlife in your yard. From protecting plants and bird feeders to keeping unwelcomed guests out of your house we have a solution for many wildlife issues. Please RSVP at (352) 754-6722.