Winter workshops announced at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Seven new classes -- covering everything from the secret life of bugs to oil painting -- were announced Dec. 20 for the winter term at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.


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Seven new classes -- covering everything from the secret life of bugs to oil painting -- were announced Dec. 20 for the winter term at the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

Part of the St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation system, the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve offers classes, camps and various nature-themed programs. Additionally, it is the site of a nationally recognized exhibit titled “The Ripple Effect: Understanding Nature’s Connections.”

All classes will be held at the Preserve, located at 1101 Country Club Way S. For more information, call 727-893-7326.

Here’s a list of the newly announced courses, along with times and fees:

• DIY Natural Paints – Learn about harvesting, making and using natural paints from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. All supplies are included in the $10 registration fee, and the class is open to students 18 and above.

• Colors of the Season – Blending classroom instruction with a guided hike, this session covers how to harvest and make natural paints from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18. Open to students age 5 and above, the class’s $10 fee includes all materials.

• Geocaching Treasure Hunt – On Saturday, Feb. 11, students from 5 to 10 years old can learn the basics of educational geocaching during this special treasure hunt. Cost is $5 and the session lasts from 10 a.m. to noon.

• Bug Club – An introduction to the world of insects for children ages 6 to 12 is covered in this session, held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 25.

• Attracting Wildlife Workshop – Timed to coincide with National Wildlife Week, this course -- held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 11 -- covers how to create a backyard-sized wildlife refuge. An RSVP is required, and the $5 course is open to students 12 and older.

• Nature Around the World – Explore the natural world with a guided tour of the preserve’s grounds, conducted by international environmental educator Amalia Fernand. This $130, weeklong session will be held March 13-17 for children ages 4 to 7. The camp will meet daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

• Bug Club (Native Bees) – This workshop for children ages 7 to 12 covers native bees and how to create a bee-friendly environment one’s own backyard. The $10 course will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 25.

Click here to learn more about the Boyd Hill Nature Preserve’s programs.

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