Barrier Island Center Hosts ‘Trash To Treasure’ Month

By  //  November 17, 2012

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Many Free Activities During November

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BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE BEACH, FLORIDA – The Barrier Island Center will offer a variety of activities throughout November as part of its “Trash to Treasure” month.

The Barrier Island Center in Melbourne Beach is hosting a variety of activities throughout November. (Image courtesy Brevard Environmentally Endangered Lands Program)

Here a quick rundown about upcoming events at the Barrier Island Center this month:

Turkey Creek Paddle – 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17. Explore hydric hammocks, mesic hammocks and sand pine scrub by way of the treasured blackwater creek. Meet at Goode Park, 1300 Bianca Dr. NE, Palm Bay. Please wear water shoes and sunscreen and bring a water bottle, a snack and insect repellant. Binoculars and cash for a stop at the Margaret Hames Nature Center and Gift Shop are optional. Tandem touring kayaks for a party of 2 or singles available. Children under 12 must paddle tandem with an adult. The cost of a kayak rental is $38. Enrollment is limited to 20 people/10 kayaks. Call 321-723-3556 to make a reservation by Thursday, Nov. 15.

The Barrier Island Center is at 8385 South Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach. (Image courtesy Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program)

 “Sea Stars” Touch Tank – 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18. “Sea Stars” Touch Tank encourages participants to respect the environment as they learn about a variety of marine life. Special tank guests will include a Diamondback Terrapin, a Nine-Armed Sea Star and an assortment of conchs and crabs.

Mermaid’s Purse Gift Shop Holiday Open House & Sale! – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23. Shop for gifts with a special meaning … saving sea turtles. Enjoy refreshments, 10 percent off one regular-priced item through Nov. 25 and receive a free gift (while supplies last) with a Turtle Adoption and free eco-gift wrap.

 “Burn & Learn” Holiday Hike – 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 24. Burn off some extra holiday calories and learn all about the barrier island’s wildflowers. On a 2.5 mile hike through a magical maritime forest you can look for flowering epiphytes in sprawling live oaks or butterflies feeding on wildflower blossoms. The hike will be led by Florida Master Naturalist Vince Lamb. Please wear/bring closed toe shoes, sunscreen, water bottle and insect repellant. Meet at Maritime Hammock trailhead, 6200 S. Hwy. A1A, Melbourne Beach. Enrollment is limited to 15. Call 321-723-3556 to make a reservation.

 “Human Footprint” Film – 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 25. In recognition of “America Recycles Day” join us for an eye-opening look at the extraordinary impact that each of our lives has on the world around us.  Demonstrated through remarkable visuals, this unique journey through life shows all the people you will ever know, how much waste you will produce, the amount of fuel you’ll consume and how much you’ve got to pack in during your 2,475,526,000 seconds on Earth. Running time is 90 minutes.

The Barrier Island Center is owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. It is at 8385 South Highway A1A in Melbourne Beach.

The Center is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, call 321-723-3556.