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Monday, January 30, 2017

Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Monday, January 9, 2017 - 9:00am EST to Monday, January 30, 2017 - 11:30am EST

Park entry fees of $6 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car), $4 per single occupant vehicle, and $2 for bicyclists and people walking on foot apply.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at (863) 386-6094 for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Take a leisurely walk with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth as they explore park nature trails, observe birds, spot reptiles and discover what’s blooming.  These two self-taught naturalists actively scout trails in advance of their hikes and keep track of the areas where birds and other wildlife are likely to be found.  Winter migratory birds are now being sighted in addition to woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, and water birds.  Alligators, turtles and snakes are sometimes spotted. 

January walks include the following: 

  • Ancient Hammock Trail-January 9
  • Cypress Swamp Trail-January 23
  • Richard Lieber Memorial Trail-January 30

Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks and swamps and learn about their associated flora and fauna.  All of the trails are located on the Loop Road. 

Meet at the trailhead parking areas shortly before 9 a.m.  Hikes take approximately one hour to 90 minutes.  Degree of difficulty of the walks ranges from easy to moderate.  Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing.  Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Walking sticks are helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome. 

The Monday Morning Nature Walks will continue through the end of March or early April.  The January 16 walk will be held at Lake June-in-Winter Scrub State Park in Lake Placid.  Visit Scrub for details.  Please see Additional Information for participation requirements.  

Additional Information:

Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions.  Visitors are advised to check at the Ranger Station before preceding to the trails. There are no restroom facilities along the Loop Road, so visitors are advised to stop at the restroom in the picnic area prior to the hike.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please see the EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS.

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic @ Lovers Key State Park

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 10:00am EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station at (239) 463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join park naturalists to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida.  Due to limited space, reservations are required.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Monday, January 30, 2017 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm EST

Class fee is $5, plus regular park admission.

More Information:
Greenmonkey Yoga Studio at (239) 598-1938

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga for an all-levels gentle yoga class while the sun prepares to set. Then stay to soak in and celebrate the closing rays of the day over the Gulf of Mexico.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call Greenmonkey Yoga Studio at (239) 598-1938 or visit their website:

Sunset Yoga Participation Requirements