Walk for Wellness @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Ranger Station 352-466-3397
Be active and healthy in your Florida State Parks.
Join us for a walk of approximately 3 miles on the Gainesville-Hawthorne State Trail. We will walk from the La Chua Trail parking lot to the Alachua Lake Overlook and back. Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot.
We will walk at a pace that suits the group, or you're welcome to move at your own pace. If you're not up for the full 3 miles, there is a bench near the spur to the overlook (between 0.5 - 0.75 mile from the parking lot). You can rest and wait at the bench, then join up with us again on our return, or simply turn around whenever you're ready. Join us and do what you can, and perhaps the next week you may be able to go a little further. On a similar note, if you'd like to keep your heart rate up and move a little faster, you're welcome to go your own pace and we'll catch up to you at the overlook or when we return.
Check the weather and dress accordingly. Bring a water bottle - there is a water fountain near the parking lot, but not anywhere else along the walk. Wear your fitness shoes/clothing and be ready to get active!
Please RSVP on www.prairiefriends.org so that we can contact you if anything changes or the walk is cancelled for any reason.
Our intention is to offer this walk routinely throughout the year, so if you're looking for a new routine to get out and be active, join us and we can help to keep you motivated!
Yoga on the Beach @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
Class fee is $5 plus regular park admission.
Greenmonkey Yoga studio 239-598-1938
Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga in the morning for an all-levels gentle yoga class.
Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk Tour @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State ParkWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST
Tickets are $20 per person. Buy your tickets now. Be sure to select the desired date from the drop-down menu near the top of the screen.
Tour provided by Friends of Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Light-weight, comfortable headsets will help you hear clearly to get the most out of your naturalist-led small group private tour of the Fakahatchee’s Big Cypress Bend Boardwalk. The tour of this National Natural Landmark site is a leisurely narrated morning stroll in dappled shade along the 2,220 foot boardwalk through one of the last remaining stands of virgin cypress trees in Florida. The boardwalk will provide many photography and bird watching opportunities. The boardwalk is approached via an 800 foot crushed rock path bordering a borrow ditch with additional wildlife viewing opportunities. Highlights include old growth forest, an active bald eagle nest and an alligator hole at the end of the boardwalk. Meet at the Big Cypress Bend gravel parking area on the north side of highway 41 by the Miccosukee Indian Village Gift Shop at 08:45 for check-in.
Directions: From Naples, drive 17.1 miles east from the intersection of CR 951 (Collier Blvd) along US 41 (Tamiami Trail). Boardwalk sign on the right, but parking is on the left of the road. From the east, the boardwalk is 6.9 miles west of the blinker at the intersection of US 41 and SR 27 near Everglades City, which is 17 miles south of the I-75 Exit 80 for Everglades City / Immokalee.
Kayak Tour @ St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State ParkWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:15am EST
Free with park entry fee of $2.00
Kayak Rentals: $26.50 for single, $37.10 for double
Park Office (772) 219-1880
Experience St. Lucie Inlet Preserve State Park by way of kayak! This is a unique opportunity to visit one of Florida's magnificent barrier islands. You will paddle through mangrove lined creeks and visit a pristine, undeveloped beach. Your guide will point out various plant and animal species, including some that are rare or endangered, as well as providing insight into the management activities used at the park. Visitors of all ages and skill levels are welcome. The tour is approximately 3 hours long.
Reservations are required please contact park office.
What to bring: drinking water, snacks, sunscreen and bug repellent. No pets or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Geocaching Around Topsail @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm CST
Standard state park entry fees will apply however there are no additional fees for programming.
Ranger Station 850-267-8330
Topsail Hill State Park invites you to enjoy our “one of a kind” geocache program. Visitors can check in at the Camp Store and pick up the geocache packet. This activity will take you to various points throughout the Preserve. Note: the hiking and biking trails are easy to moderate in difficulty, some are paved, sand and gravel, or hard pack.
What is Geocaching you ask? Well, it is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches", at specific locations marked by coordinates all over the world. Geocaching was originally similar to the 160-year-old game letterboxing, which uses clues and references to landmarks embedded in stories. Geocachers are free to take a treasure, or “swag” (except the logbook, pencil, or stamp) from the cache in exchange for leaving something of similar or higher value behind.
Enter the park through the main gate and park staff will direct you to the Camp Store, you will need a GPS or a smart phone capable with GPS.
Native Plants as Food and Medicine @ St. Andrews State ParkWednesday, November 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am CST
Program is free with regular park entrance fees.
St. Andrews State Park, 850-233-5140
This program is facilitated by a local volunteer and focuses on the natural hisotry and cultural significance of many plants native to St. Andrews State Park and the northwest region of Florida. This program consists of a one-hour, 0.5 mile hike along the park's Gator Lake Trail, which meanders through a well-shaded maritime hammock that is situated on an ancient sand dune system.
It is recommended that participants bring a camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellant, and drinking water. Limited parking is available at the Gator Lake parking lot. Additional parking is available at the gravel overflow parking lot, which is across from the Camp Store.