Art, Environment Programs Featured At Sams House

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ABOVE MAP: All programs at Sams House at Pine Island are free, unless otherwise indicated, this January.

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — If you’d like to learn more about our local environment or gain new crafting skills, then be sure to come by Sams House at Pine Island this January because all programs are free, unless otherwise indicated.

The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. It is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Brevard County image)

The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. It is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Brevard County image)

• Saturday, Jan. 4, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.:  Join resident plant expert, Martha Pessaro on an easy one-mile hike in a beautiful shaded palm hammock and explore our native History Garden. Martha will discuss the historical uses of local plants. Close-toed shoes recommended.

MEGAFAUNA FUN HOMESCHOOL STUDY PROGRAM

• Thursday, Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to noon: Learn about the giant animals that used to call Florida home. Sift for real fossils! This program is designed for ages 6-12. Very limited space remaining for this date. Call to reserve your space now.

CRITTERS, COWS AND COWBOYS 

• Saturday, Jan. 11, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Bob Montanaro, from the Pelican Island Audubon Society, illustrates the role ranches play in protecting Florida’s diverse habitats. Enjoy this stunning photographic exploration in the wildlife and work of the Florida Cattle Ranch.

SAMS HOUSE BIRD HIKE

• Saturday, Jan. 18, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.: Join Dr. Andy Madison, Associate Professor of Conservation Biology, and his Ornithology class from Union University (Tennessee) as they conduct a bird watching hike around the grounds and trails of Sams House. Beginner bird-watchers welcome. Close-toed shoes recommended.

HANDMADE WALL BASKET

• A Highly Prized Southern Art – Saturday, Jan. 25, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Join Instructor Master Basketweaver Becky Selman as registrants create a wall basket using native and natural materials. Prepare to get messy, wear older clothing and bring a towel and garden clippers (hand-size).

The day will be devoted to crafting your 10-inch basket. Bring lunch and/or snacks and drinks. Class limited to 15 students. Cost is $25 to cover materials. Please call Sams House to register by January 18th. Registrants will pay Becky (by cash or check) at the beginning of the class.

THE SAMS HOUSE IS OWNED AND OPERATED BY THE BREVARD COUNTY ‘EEL’ PROGRAM

The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and operated by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. The Center is located at 6195 N. Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3.

It is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Tours of the 1875 Sams Cabin and 1888 Sams House are given every Thursday and Saturday at 3 p.m.

For more information call 321-449-4720.


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