Nature Center Displays Nature Center Displays & Art Exhibits

What's Inside the Nature Center

Learn about the island, its animals and plants, and the different natural communities where they live all come to life here. The island's interesting past cultural history is represented as well. Enjoy the shell displays, geology exhibit and touch tables. Watch short videos, listen to the sounds, and discover hidden treasures.

Children and families can enjoy the free indoor scavenger hunt, puppets and toys, treasure chest. Use the interactive station to learn about weather, common birds and wildflowers, tides, nesting birds, sea turtle nests and more.

Step outside and enjoy the expansive view of St. Joseph Sound, and the mangroves and seagrass beds below. Take a casual walk along the new nature center trail and discover native Florida plants and animals.

Back inside the nature center, numerous birds are depicted in flight overhead, and friendly nature center staff is here to answer questions about the discoveries of your day on the island. Get a trail map, and find out about our different beach areas and miles of walking and hiking trails.

Watch for our all new through-the-park bike trail coming soon.

Find out about upcoming classes, nature walks and special events. Stop back again for fresh observations and another brand new day on this dynamic barrier island.

Learn to love barrier islands:

Become aware of the dynamics of barrier islands:
At Honeymoon Island, every day is different! The Island is always changing shape and size, and things come and go along the way.

Recognize the ecology of St. Joseph Sound:
Learn about animals and plants, on land and in the water. Find out about different nature areas such as sand dunes, sea grass beds, tidal pools, sunny coastal areas and shaded woody areas.

Understand the concepts of environmental ethics: Find out everything that makes this place so great, and learn to keep it that way and better!

Differentiate between seasonal subtleties:
Cooler days in winter make for great hiking weather, sunny summers are for the beach and swimming in the gulf, or finding shade in the woods and quietly watching wildlife. Windy days are for sailing and kite flying. Rain makes the wildflowers bloom, and big storms bring the surfers. Low tides and high tides bring shore birds and shells!

Identify human impacts on the island:
We can drive to the island, park our cars and picnic. We can get a snack, rent a kayak, take a ferry ride, fish off the sea wall, and exercise on the trails. It's fun to enjoy the beach, and our pets even have their very own beach!

Become inspired to learn more about the region:
What other islands are in the area? How old is this island? Who lived here, and what has happened in the past? What kind of fish can I catch? Can I see dolphin and Manatees? How about sea turtles?

Art Exhibits at the
Rotary Centennial Nature Center

Robert Herbenick
Robert Herbenick Drawings and Paintings
Exhibit Opening

Tuesday Sept. 25, 2018 - 7:00 p.m.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
There will be a reception with light refreshments.
Originals and prints are available for purchase.

At the Rotary Centennial Nature Center
Honeymoon Island State Park
1 Causeway Blvd., Dunedin, FL 34698

Center Open Daily 9 am to 5 pm
Park Open Daily from 8:00 a.m. to Sunset

About the Artist:

Robert Herbenick retired from a multinational corporation in 2006 and live in Safety Harbor, Florida with my wife Renee.

MEDIA: Oils, acrylics, pencil

INSPIRATION: Mr. Herbenick enjoys painting outdoors in many of the local parks that are within a short drive from home. Studies are created directly from nature and are reference for larger paintings. He is extremely fortunate to live in an area with such an abundance of subjects to draw and paint with waterfowl being of current interest. I look forward to many years of what I enjoy most, creating art.

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS: Member of Professional Association of Visual Artists (PAVA)

ART EDUCATION: Self-taught painter  with a lifelong interest in drawing and painting. Reference materials include books, magazines, and videos of foremost artists from around the globe.

PAST EXHIBITIONS: Ruth Eckerd Hall 2014, Featured Artist Palm Harbor Library 2013, One Person Show in 2016 and 2017 at the Clearwater Municipal Building, Annual PAVA Membership Exhibit and Awards at Largo Library 2014, Clearwater Library 2015, Star Spangled Art Show: 2nd Place in 2014, 1st Place in 2016, Best of Show in 2015 and 2017. Guest Artist at Rotary Centennial Nature Center, Honeymoon Island State Park, Jan—May, 2016. Judge of Dunedin Creative Arts Guild Show in April, 2016. Artist on Display at Friends of Island Parks 2016 Earth Days. The July, 2016 and 2017 Cool Art Show at the Coliseum in St. Petersburg, Florida.  September-October 2016 Featured Artist at Carrollwood Cultural Center, Tampa, FL. The 2017 and 2018 Tarpon Springs Art Festival, Tarpon Springs, FL. The 2018 Beaus Arts Festival in Coral Gables, FL. The 2017 and 2018 "2 Cool Art Show" in Gulfport, FL. The 2018 Gasparilla Fine Arts Festival. The 2018 Mainsail Art Festival in St. Petersburg, FL.

Artist Contact Information:
Phone: 727-385-9311