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Nature Programs

Nature Programs

Nature Programs available for all ages!

The city of St. Petersburg offers many nature related camps and programs.

For dates and times of programs, contact Boyd Hill Nature Preserve at 727-893-7326 or visit Parks & Rec Connect.

Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's Birds of Prey

The Birds of Prey program provides a safe, healthy environment for permanently injured, non-releasable birds of prey. These birds are maintained at the preserve as Wild Avian Ambassadors for environmental education programs given by park rangers and Avian Education Stewards. Avian Education Ambassador help us care for the birds and educate the public about their place in nature and what they need to survive in the wild! Looking to become an Avian Education Ambassador? Visit our Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center page to learn more.

Natural History Speaker Series (NHSS)

The Friends of Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and the St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation Department present the Natural History Speaker Series (NHSS), a program that offers fascinating presentations on the natural and cultural history of Florida by individuals who are authorities in their fields.

Second Tuesday from September through April at 7 p.m. at Lake Maggiore Environmental Education Center at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve.

NHSS Schedule
December 10 Talk: "The Natural History of Florida - Part 2"

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Monthly Program Calendar

Check out Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's monthly program calendar to see what's going on at the preserve.


December Program Calendar

Register for nature programs at Parks & Rec Connect.

Youth Programs

A child with an owl perched on his hand

PUDDLE JUMPERS
Join us for an outdoor exploration!
Cost: $5 (Ages 3 to 4)

NATURE’S ELEMENTS
Fun-filled learning, creative hands-on projects, park exploration and take-home crafts for 4 – 7 year-olds.
Cost: $10 (Ages 4 to 7)

PIONEER NIGHTS
An evening of old time fun ending with a campfire and S’mores!
Cost: $20 (Ages 6 to 13)


Learn more about Boyd Hill Nature Preserve's seasonal camps for youth.

Visit Parks & Rec Connect for details.

Nature Programs

An owl

ASTRONOMY NIGHTS
Observe the night sky through the high-powered telescopes of the St. Pete Astronomy Club and arrive early for constellation orientation talks. This program takes place during fall and winter.
Cost: $3/$1.50

NATURAL HISTORY SPEAKER SERIES
Join us for a presentation that features a diverse range of speakers on Florida natural and cultural history.
Cost: Free!

OUTDOOR SKILLS SERIES
Learn all the basic outdoor skills needed for your next hiking or camping trip!
Cost: $5 (Ages 14 and up)

REPTILE AND AMPHIBIAN HIKE
Join us as we explore the preserve hoping to cross paths with gohper tortoises, yellow rat snakes, south leoppard frogs, and so much more!
Cost: $3/$1.50 (All ages)

TRAIL DETECTIVES
Most animals are shy and use camouflage to hide. Let's put our trail detective skills to the test to find what animals are present here at the preserve.
Cost: $3/$1.50 (All ages)

UNLOVED ANIMALS SERIES
Learn about our most misunderstood critters like vultures, bats, and snakes as we dispel myths and share some of the amazing and endearing qualities of these animals through talks, activities, crafts and live animal encounters.
Cost: $3/$1.50

YOUNG WOMEN IN SCIENCE
he NEW Young Women in Science program focuses on bringing together young women with an interest in a science and are looking to make it a career one day. A new theme each month relates to wildlife.
Ages 14 and up welcome.
Cost: $15 per class.


Visit Parks & Rec Connect for details.

Guided Tours

An alligator climbing out of the lake

ALLIGATOR WALK
The second Sunday of every month, learn the facts about Alligator mississippiensis as you search for this ancient critter in the preserve’s wetlands.
Cost: $3/$1.50

BIRD WALK
The first Saturday of every month, come search for our winged winter residents. Binoculars are available for loan.
Cost: Free!

EDIBLE WILDS WALK
Explore the food, medicine, and tools all around us. Learn to identify what's growing and its most common uses.
Cost: $3/$1.50 all ages.

GOPHER TORTOISE HIKE
Explore the endangered realm of the gopher tortoise with Herpetologist George Heinrich on this semiannual interpretive hike through the preserve’s uplands. Learn about the conservation of this threatened keystone species.
Cost: $3/$1.50

NIGHT HIKE
Bring the family down to star gaze, search for owls, bats and alligators.
Cost: $5/$3

PADDLE THE LAKE
A guided tour of Lake Maggiore by kayak or canoe to explore the preserve from a new perspective. Monthly Twilight Paddle and Clam Bayou Paddles also available.
Cost: $18 (Ages 8+ with minors accompanied by an adult)

WILDFLOWER WALK
The fourth Saturday of every month, get to know our many wildflowers & explore their beauty on this guided stroll through the preserve.
Cost: $3/$1.50


Visit Parks & Rec Connect for details.