Rain barrels have become a popular way to reuse the water that Mother Nature provides. Collecting rainwater is not only sustainable, but is fun and allows anyone to add a bit of artistic flair to their yard.
Residents can find out more at a rainwater harvesting class scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 31, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at Weedon Island Preserve.
Brian Niemann, a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ agent for Pinellas County Extension, will share techniques on building, painting and caring for rain barrels. The interactive class will offer hands-on instruction, with tips on painting and decorating individual rain barrels. Participants can buy a rain barrel for $25, paid for on the registration website.
The class is free but registration is required by Wednesday, Aug. 28. Register at https://2013rainwaterharvesting.eventbrite.com/. For more information, call (727) 453-6524.
Weedon Island Preserve protects more than 3,700 acres of natural ecosystems and is located at 1800 Weedon Drive NE in St. Petersburg. The preserve is operated under the Pinellas County Parks and Conservation Resources Department and is open to the public seven days a week, including holidays, from 7 a.m. to 15 minutes before sunset. Its many outdoor activities include walking trails, a fishing pier and a canoe/kayak launch.
To learn more about Weedon Island Preserve and its upcoming programs and events, call (727) 453-6500. To register for programs and events visit www.weedonislandpreserve.org. Videos featuring Weedon Island Preserve can be viewed at www.youtube.com/pcctv1.
Pinellas County Extension offers classes, programs and activities at the Cultural and Natural History Center. The center features the permanent exhibit, Connecting People and Place, an art-inspired, hands-on educational exhibit which reveals the area’s history, ecology and people. The center is open Thursday to Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is closed all Pinellas County holidays.
Pinellas County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are a person with a disability who needs any accommodation in order to participate in an event or class, you are entitled, at no cost to you, to the provision of certain assistance. At least seven days prior to the event or class, please contact the Office of Human Rights, 400 S. Fort Harrison Ave., Suite 500, Clearwater, FL 33756, (727) 464-4062 (Voice/TDD).
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