Weedon Island Preserve is an expansive 3,190-acre natural area located on Tampa Bay. This coastal system, comprised of aquatic and upland ecosystems, is home to numerous species of native plants and animals, an educational facility and a rich cultural history. Indigenous peoples occupied this site for thousands of years. Today, the preserve protects this wide diversity of natural and cultural resources for current and future generations. Weedon Island Preserve is also a well-known birding and fishing site. More about us and see our visitor map.
Free Admission! - Donations Welcome
Upcoming In-Person Classes and Webinars:
Upcoming programs listed below are hosted by the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center and are funded by the Friends of Weedon Island.
Saturday, September 4, 2021 at 10am
Owl Cast Café (Webinar via Zoom)
Silent flight. Fantastic vision. Fast reflexes and piercing talons. All of these adaptations make our Florida owls notable nocturnal predators! Join Sensing Nature biologists Jeanne Murphy and Brian Lane at the Weedon Island Preserve Cultural and Natural History Center to learn how these stealth hunters benefit both nature and people through their chosen diets. Then become a nature sleuth yourself by dissecting an owl cast and see if you are wise enough to identify your owl’s previous meal!
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 at 7pm
Exploring Florida's Ecosystems (Webinar via Zoom)
Learn from Sensing Nature's Senior Ecologist Brian Lane about Florida's dynamic geologic history, natural communities and fascinating ecosystems spanning the state.
Thursday, September 16, 2021 at 2pm
More Than Mushrooms: The Unsung Heroes of the Fungus Kingdom (Webinar via Zoom)
Fungus are neither plant nor animal, but have characteristics of both! Meet some of the more unusual types that surround us every day. Splash cups, blue velvet spread and chocolate tube slime are among those you will meet in this class for adults and youth over 12. Note: this class will NOT address edible wild mushrooms. This free program is presented by James Stevenson, UF/IFAS Pinellas County Extension Services Specialist for Weedon Island Preserve. Registration is required.
Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 10am
Bird-ology 101 (Webinar via Zoom)
Why is their bill curved? How does their color help them survive? Why are they found in some habitats but not others? Join Sensing Nature's Senior Wildlife Biologist Jeanne Murphy for an interactive birding presentation focusing on bird adaptations, physiology, behavior, migrations, and their ecologic role.
Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 10am
Fun with Nature Gadgets (Webinar via Zoom)
Ready to connect nature with technology? Learn what apps to upload on your electronic devices for identifying birds and plants, what seafood to buy at the grocery store, what bird is singing in your yard, who to notify about a new invasive animal in your neighborhood, how to tell someone about a manatee in distress, and more. Sensing Nature biologists Jeanne Murphy and Brian Lane will share how and why these apps are being used for citizen science initiatives, plus how you and your family easily can join in the national surge of environmental awareness.
Keep in Touch with Weedon Island Preserve:
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