Mother’s Day Bird Walk

Led by Christine Rowland, President of West Pasco Audubon

 

  1. please bring binoculars
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and light)
  3. Hiking boots or sneakers (closed-toe shoes!)
  4. Insect repellent and/or sunscreen
  5. Plenty of water

7:30 AM

5/14/23

Talk & Tour: Conservation Burial

 

 

There’s a lot to know about NATURAL, GREEN, CONSERVATION BURIAL OPTIONS… come and learn.

Join Diana Brooks, Heartwood’s Director of Operations,

on SUNDAY MARCH 26th

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

This educational Talk & Tour will last 1 hour (with a 15 minute outdoor cemetery tour)
Seminar style talk will be held inside the Welcome Center located at: 4100 Starkey Blvd.,
where complimentary refreshments are provided.
(Rain or shine!)
There will be no selling – only shared information.
***If you would prefer a one-on-one or private tour, call our office to schedule that for another day 727-376-5111
Call with questions
RSVP/ Seats are limited
(727) 376-5111
*OUTSIDE Tour portion will be brief and voluntary (please wear closed-toe shoes), approximately 10-15 minutes.
Located on Starkey Blvd, TRINITY/ODESSA/NEW PORT RICHEY

 

RX BURN (Gates closed!)

– IMPORTANT NOTICE –
Heartwood Preserve will be closed to all visitors
all day WEDNESDAY JUNE 1st
and until noon THURSDAY JUNE 2nd, 2022
for a Prescribed Burn.
*GATES CLOSED*
Our longleaf pine flatwoods ecosystem depends on the regular occurrence of fire. We are planning a Prescribed Burn WEDNESDAY 6/1. During the Burn, we will be closed to all visitors. No one except staff and crew is permitted to enter. This is for the safety of all. We will re-open by noon on THURSDAY. All activities will take the utmost care to not disturb our burial sites. This burn in particular will be for the PAW-PAW, BLAZING STAR & PALMETTO Areas.
Planning for our Prescribed Burn depends on weather conditions and other factors. We usually don’t know until the day before if we will burn, so your patience and flexibility are greatly appreciated. Weather also changes and can cause us to postpone last minute. If we don’t burn Wednesday due to weather, we will try again asap. Please check our Facebook page or give us a call to get the most up-to-date information on our closings. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
Prescribed Fire (also called “Control Burn”) at Heartwood Preserve is authorized and assisted by the Florida Forestry Service (FFS) and managed by our own FFS certified prescribed burn manager and experienced burn crew. Pasco Fire Department is notified once we receive our FFS authorization on the day of the burn, and signs are posted along Starkey Boulevard to notify the public passing by.
Things to Know About Prescribed Fire
Prescribed Fire serves several ecological purposes.
  • Reduces the amount of “fuel” (branches, twigs, leaves) that can make fires burn too intensely
  • Converts organic matter into nutrients and minerals to be absorbed by the living plants
  • Stimulates new growth following the burn, providing food for wildlife
  • Maintains an open understory, exposing the soil to allow seeds to germinate, spurring new trees, shrubs and wildflowers.

Following our burn, we have planned 2 special tours of the burn area, (Private Tour for Heartwood Families 7/8/22Community Rx Burn Educational Tour 7/9/22) so you can see for yourself the amazing and transformative effects of nature’s most incredible of tools: fire.

If you want more information or have any questions, please call or email us. You can also check out our website to learn more about the importance of fire on this unique landscape. https://heartwoodpreserve.com/nature-preserve/
Thank you,
Laura Starkey
Posted: 5/31/2022

 

Talk & Tour: FIRE AND ICE (cream)

 

 

 

AFTER THE BURN, EDUCATIONAL TOUR

with Laura Starkey

COMMUNITY EVENT

Saturday
July 9th
1 PM

5 weeks post burn

Come see the signs of new life already emerging!

  • closed shoes required
  • Long pants, water bottle & insect repellent recommended
  • Refreshments & ice cream provided

Please call or email us to reserve your spot in this
special event.
If you have done so, thank you, we appreciate it!

If you want more information or have any questions,
please call or email us.

I look forward to sharing this magical experience of our
beautiful woods.
Thank you,
Laura Starkey

Talk & Tour: NATURAL BURIAL

Talk & Tour:
What is Natural Burial?

Sunday

March 6th

11AM – 12PM

This educational Talk & Tour will last 1 hour.

Talk will be held inside the Welcome Center located at:
4100 Starkey Blvd., where complimentary refreshments are provided.

(Rain or shine!)

There will be no selling – only shared information.
If you are considering GREEN,
NATURAL or
CONSERVATION BURIAL –
cremation or full body – join us!
There’s a lot to know, and there are myths and misconceptions.
*OUTSIDE Tour portion will be brief and voluntary (please wear closed-toe shoes), approximately 10-15 minutes.
Call with questions (727) 376-5111
RSVP. Seats are limited.

BURIAL CREW TRAINING NIGHT

 

Our Quarterly Burial Crew Training Night is set for Tuesday, 1/21/20.

 

Heartwood Preserve’s Burial Crew is a group of very special people who assist with the natural burials that take place at Heartwood Preserve. This is a unique opportunity to help families have a meaningful closure to their loved one’s life.
The Burial Crew primarily helps to carry the deceased from the hearse (or other vehicle) to the grave, set the body over the grave, lower the body by hand (with ropes) into the grave, and finish closing the grave, after the family has participated as much as they want.
The crew may also help with other needed tasks like directing parking, set-up & cleanup of burial area.
If this sounds like something YOU may be interested in doing, please join our current crew & staff for our Training Night, Tuesday, January 21st, at 6 PM.
We will go over: safety, logistics, what to expect, dress code and practicing/training of lifting and lowering of the deceased.
Our Burial Crew represents not only Heartwood Preserve, but a new way of caring for our dead and for the land, that very few have had a chance to experience.
Call with any questions or to RSVP:
(727) 376-5111

Conservation of land and conservation of people frequently go hand in hand…”     

Eleanor Roosevelt

 

 

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