Perspectives in the Parks

Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center

This monthly program features experts in their field sharing information on a variety of topics including science, nature, history and art.

Perspectives in the Park is typically offered on the first Sunday of each month, and is free and open to the public. Join us at Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center.   

Sunday, February 4

Turning Pine into Turpentine

And other Miraculous Histories of Black Farmers in Alachua County  


Porshè Chiles is an Equity Specialist with the City of Gainesville. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Agricultural Education and Communication at UF.

Porshè comes with 14 years of Global D.E.I experiences, having worked with universities, K-12 school districts, non-profits, and for profit companies. Her work has focused on fostering meaningful cross-cultural and intercultural experiences through experiential learning. Porshè earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree from the University of Texas at Tyler and her Master’s in Education degree from the University of North Texas.

Sunday, March 3

Exploring Native Wildflowers of North Florida


Geena Hill is a North Florida Wildflower Alliance Liaison with the Florida Wildflower Foundation. Geena builds wildflower advocacy by creating conservation action plans, conduction outreach to local partners and the general public, and recruiting volunteer county coordinators. Learn more about the speaker, Geena Hill

Sunday, April 7

Wandering in Wiregrass

Wiregrass (Aristida beyrichiana) is a mysterious plant. If you have ever hiked a trail through a pine savanna, you've probably seen this bunchgrass. It has hair-like leaves that catch fire quickly, like pine needles, and it rarely flowers unless it is burned. Pine savannas benefit from being burned, but because of fire prevention in the last century, they were disappearing. Now we are trying to bring them back, and we frequently start by planting wiregrass. In this talk, Raelene Crandall will tell you more about using this important grass to restore pine savannas and discuss what we know about its ecology and economics.

Raelene Crandall is an associate professor at the University of Florida School of Forest, Fisheries, and Geomatic Sciences. 



  • Sunday, November 05, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Sunday, December 03, 2023 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Sunday, January 07, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Sunday, February 04, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 03, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM
  • Sunday, April 07, 2024 | 12:00 PM - 01:00 PM


Hogtown Creek Headwaters Nature Center, 1500 NW 45th Ave., 32605, View Map

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