Discover Paradise in Pinellas County this week. Unless otherwise noted, all events are free but require advance registration. BROOKER CREEK PRESERVE (727) 453-6800. www.brookercreekpreserve.org Guided Hike – Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m. See how the land has changed over time and the ecological footprints left by those changes on this 0.75-mile walk. Closed-toe shoes, water and hat recommended. Best for ages 6 and older. Brooker Book Club – Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 to 10:30 a.m. Hosted by the Friends of Brooker Creek Preserve, the club meets the first Saturday of each month. Geared toward adults, the book list includes works by Florida authors, past and present, with archeology, biography, politics and history storylines. The book selected for discussion in August is Land of Sunshine, State of Dreams: A Social History of Modern Florida by Gary R. Mormino. Book Time at Brooker – Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. Children ages 3 to 5 connect to the wonders of the natural world through a story and a craft, game or other hands-on activity. WEEDON ISLAND PRESERVE (727) 453-6500. www.weedonislandpreserve.org Guided Hike – Saturday, Aug. 3, 9 to 11 a.m. Learn about the ecosystems and the early residents of Weedon Island Preserve while hiking the coastal uplands and the boardwalks through mangrove forests. Best for ages 6 and older. Exotic Snakes – Saturday, Aug. 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m. Florida is home to 46 species of native snakes. However, some snakes have been introduced into natural areas of Florida that do not belong here. Come to Weedon Island Preserve for this live animal program to learn about exotic snakes of Florida. Recommended for all ages. Wee-Time at Weedon – Thursday, Aug. 8, 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. This program is designed to introduce preschool children to the wonders of the natural and cultural world. Every second and fourth Thursday of each month, children are treated to a variety of stories and hands-on activities that connect them to their environment. This activity is recommended for ages 3 to 5. OTHER LOCATIONS Preparing for Fall Vegetable Gardens – Friday, Aug. 2, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Pinellas County Extension, 12520 Ulmerton Rd., Largo. Want to grow vegetables or thinking about gardening in a school or community garden? Join Pinellas County Urban Horticulture Extension Agent Theresa Badurek for an introduction to setting up a vegetable garden in Pinellas County. Learn about site selection and layout, great veggies and varieties for our area, and more! Recommended for adults. (727) 582-2109; www.eventbrite.com/event/7261975765/eorg. Native Plants for the Shade – Thursday, Aug. 8. Many struggle with planting in shade and plant selection becomes even more challenging when selecting native plants in the shade. In this class Bruce Turley, owner of Wilcox Nursery, will talk about the native landscape plants that are best suited for shade in Pinellas County. Advance registration required for this free program presented in two sessions, 2 to 3:30 p.m. and again at 6:15 to 8 p.m. at the Palm Harbor Library, 2330 Nebraska Ave., Palm Harbor. Call (727) 582-2603 or visit www.eventbrite.com/event/7242407235/eorg.