Pinellas County Brooker Creek Preserve – Sustainable Living

Pinellas County Florida has invested in protecting our environment and one such example is their work to create Brooker Creek Preserve, 8500 acres in Tarpon Springs Florida.

The Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve help raise funds to be able to provide more local green education and eco-friendly work especially as it pertains to our local watershed. They also support the Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center. The Brooker Creek Environmental Education Center is open 9:00am – 4:00pm Wednesday – Sundays (Note: it is Closed Mondays and Tuesdays)

Pinellas County Living Green | Learn how to make your Holidays Green

The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Staff will be offering a free program, Make your Holiday’s Green, this Wednesday November 14, 2007 from 7–8pm.

“Did you know the holidays add 25 million tons of garbage to our landfills each year? Most wrapping papers, greeting cards and decorations cannot be recycled” – Brooker Creek Educational Center website

The Brooker Creek Preserve Environmental Education Center Staff will be offering a free program to teach you how to Make your Holiday’s Green, this Wednesday November 14, 2007 from 7–8pm at The Cypress Swamp Cafe.

You may even get started on your holiday gift wrapping – you will be learning eco-friendly ways to wrap presents, make environmentally friendly holiday cards and even how to make “green” decorations from nature.

  • Admission: Free;
  • Recommended for ages 10 and up;
  • Serving shade-grown coffee and refreshments;

Clearwater Florida Family shares Favorite Eco Friendly Wrapping Project

Green Gift Wrapping: One of our families favorite eco-friendly gift wrapping ideas is to purchase the brown lunch bags and use our rubber stamps to decorate them.

Even my youngest son can do a great job making one-of-a-kind eco-friendly gift wrapping.

A few years ago we found rubber stamps on a roller – these are great for decorating larger items like butcher block paper and holiday cards on recycled paper.

Eco-Friendly Decorations: For years we have combed the beaches and picked shells with a natural hole in them. We can then string them to make a one-of-a kind ornament and my youngest has even made special “shell jewelry” – it’s something everyone treasures.

Can you believe the holidays are around the corner? Do you have a eco-friendly decorating tip or other idea to make our holidays special? I’d love to have you share your tip below…don’t be afraid to comment, it’s always welcome here!

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  1. Cyndee, I can’t believe the holidays are just around the corner. My kids love using brown paper bags as wrapping paper and decorate the bags with their art works. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. Mana – thanks for stopping by – it’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away. Hope you enjoy time with your family too.

  3. Cyndee – That is a lot of waste! I buy the recycled paper to begin with, and it gets recycled again. Indianapolis is way behind on offering services for recycables, so many do not bother. The education center sounds like a great concept, especially for the children. If we can make them aware at an early age, their generation will make an even greater impact on environmental issues.

  4. I can remember over 25 years ago my mother started with “The Bag”. She bought several gift bags and reused them every year. I knew which present was mine because it was in my bag! I hate the waste of gift wrap. I still use gift bags…over and over. – Ashley

  5. I just want to say I love your blog site! Great tip for going GREEN for Christmas. I no longer use plastic bags at the supermarket – I purchased those bags that can be reussed over and over again.

    Happy holidays everyone! Keep up the great work, I love your site.

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