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Field Trips and Guided Hikes

Anyone is welcome to enjoy the hiking trails and the Education Center on their own. For those people who would like a guided experience, please see below.

Free Guided Hikes
Free guided hikes are offered for all ages every Saturday morning at the Preserve. These hikes are led by knowledgeable county volunteers. For more information, please go to the county’s website: or call 727-453-6800.

Guided Hikes and Field Trips for Youth
Guided hikes and field trips for children, including public and private school groups, home schoolers, mixed adult/youth groups of 10 or more people, and scout groups, are provided by Sensing Nature. For more information, please contact Jeanne Murphy of Sensing Nature at .

Guided Hikes and Field Trips for Adults
Guided hikes and field trips for adults, adult groups, and mixed youth/adult groups are offered for a fee of $5 per person with a $50 minimum. These trips are provided by one of our expert biologists in the fields of natural history. They can be scheduled any day of the week depending on the availability of the guides. Field trips can be a general overall Preserve experience or can be modified for specific goals, for example, wildflowers, birds, flatwoods ecology, reptiles, etc. All proceeds from these field trips support the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve.

Meet the Guides

Cynthia W. Grizzle, MS, Environmental Management

Cynthia works as environmental consultant doing everything from wetland restoration, to gopher tortoise relocation, to vegetative assessments.  She is chairperson of the four-county, Suncoast Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area and has volunteered her time at the Preserve since 2000.

Barbara Hoffman, MS, Botany

Barbara currently is the Business Director of the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve and has been a research biologist for several government entities and taught biology at St. Pete College for a number of years. Barbara volunteers her time in many capacities at the Preserve and has volunteered there since 1994.


Craig Huegel, Ph.D., Wildlife Ecology

Craig is a biology professor at St. Petersburg College and an author of many books on landscaping for wildlife and countless natural history articles. He worked at the Preserve from 1992 to 2004 and now volunteers his time for Brooker Creek Preserve.

If you are interested in a guided field trip/hike for adults, adult groups, or mixed youth/adult groups up to 9 people, please email or call 727-934-2680.

Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve
3940 Keystone Road
Tarpon Springs FL 34688
Voicemail: (727) 934-2680

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