Where: Nature’s Classroom, 13100 Verges Rd. Thonotosassa, FL 33592
How to get there: Verges Road is on the north side of Morris Bridge Road a few miles east of I-75 just past the Circle K convenience store. Look for the Sierra Club signs at the entrance. Follow the dirt road (Verges is unpaved) to the end. Plenty of parking. You can’t miss us!
Nature's Classroom is a 365-acre environmental studies program and learning laboratory that is used by students of the Hillsborough County Public Schools. It houses an abundance of natural Florida plants, birds and animals which is why you may choose to come early for a guided Nature Walk. Please arrive at 4:15 pm if you would like to join the 4:30 pm Nature Walk (bug spray, hat and sturdy walking shoes recommended).
Potluck Dinner: At 6 pm a pot luck dinner will begin in the beautiful air conditioned comfort of the TECO Center for Environmental Studies. Plenty of parking can be found in the lot directly in front of the Center. Please bring a dish of your choice to share (appetizer, salad, entrée or dessert); plates, utensils, coffee and cold beverages will be supplied. The food is as varied as the company. Always very tasty too!
Program: Dr. Phillip Motta from USF who specializes in the study of the feeding activity of bony fishes, sharks, and rays. Most of his past research has been on tropical reef fishes and sharks, as the evolution of feeding mechanisms in sharks and rays presents a unique opportunity to investigate the function of feeding systems in fishes and other aquatic vertebrates. He is certain to have many interesting observations regarding the threats to marine ecology stemming from human activities both on the water and on land.
If you haven’t visited Sweetbay Nursery in a while, you should check it out. Lovely demonstration gardens abound, showing how to attract butterflies, build layers of plants and mix varieties of plants to achieve a great look for your yard!
They have ongoing Retail Hours Tuesday to Saturday, 9 to 2 and it is well worth the drive to Parrish to see the great selection of plants.
Long time FNPS supporters, they offer a discount to FNPS members. Stock up on new natives.
For more information about Sweetbay visit: www.SweetBayNursery.com
Banner Image: Lake Dan by Donna Bollenbach