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.
Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 2pm
Figuring Out Fins (Webinar via Zoom)
Join us for a talk with Sensing Naturels ecologist Brian Lane as we dive into Florida's saltwater environment and explore what fishes are found in Florida. We'll learn about fish taxonomy and why this is important; we'll learn about fish adaptations and how their adaptations help them survive, and finally, we'll take a closer look at some of our wonderful saltwater fishes that call Florida home!
Saturday, December 11, 2021 at 10am
Digging into Weedon: Explorations in Archaeology with AWIARE
Meet one of the Preserve’s most important partners: The Alliance for Weedon Island Archaeological Research and Education (AWIARE)! AWIARE is a non-profit organization whose goal is to promote and facilitate long-term archaeological research, scientific exploration, and public education at the Weedon Island Preserve and the gulf coast region. From holding public excavations and hosting informative talks to supporting academic researchers and students, AWIARE is an integral part of protecting and learning about the history of our region. Discover all of that AWIARE does in this deep dive on their past projects, like excavating and preserving an 1,100 year old dugout canoe, and their current work! Register today
Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 2pm
Botanical Science for Beginners
How do plants work? How do they interact with the environment? How do they defend themselves? We will investigate the fascinating and complex Plant Kingdom in an introduction to Botanical Science. This program will be taught by James Stevenson, an Extension Specialist with the University of Florida IFAS Extension Services in Pinellas County. James teaches classes on a variety of natural resource conservation topics, including: plant identification, botany, entomology, ecology and particular groups of native plants such as ferns, wetland wildflowers and epiphytes. Register today
Saturday, December 18, 2021 at 10am
Learning Florida Coastal Birds (Webinar via Zoom)
Learn what birds are typically found in Florida's coastal habitats, how are they adapted to live here and if that may give them a unique survival advantage. Join us for a talk with wildlife biologist Jeanne Murphy as she guides you through the wonderful birds found in these salty Florida aquatic ecosystems.
Keep in Touch with Weedon Island Preserve:
Learn about classes, camps, events, and other news pertaining to the Weedon Island Preserve and the Cultural & Natural History Center in the Preserve's monthly newsletter. Sign up now
Update to the Weedon Island Preserve Management Plan
The draft 2022 Weedon Island Preserve Management Plan Update is available for review. Please Contact Us to submit your comments. A public meeting to present the proposed update to the plan will be held at 12520 Ulmerton Road, Largo, the Pinellas County Cooperative/Extension in the Magnolia Room, on Friday, January 14, 2022, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. The public is welcome to attend the meeting and submit comments on the draft plan.
Plan and Appendixes: Download the Plan and Appendixes for each chapter of the plan listed below.
Persons with disabilities may contact our Office of Human Rights by calling (727) 464-4880 or by email for additional assistance with the documents provided below. All documents are in Portable Document Format (PDF).
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