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Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 9:00am to 11:00am 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.  Warblers and other winter migratory birds are now being sighted in addition to woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks, and water birds.  Alligators, turtles and snakes are sometimes spotted. 

February walks include the following: 

  • Wild Orange Trail - February 6
  • Hickory Trail - February 13
  • Cypress Swamp Trail - February 20
  • Young Hammock Trail - February 27

Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks, swamps, and an area of the park in which the natural process of succession occurred and the landscape transitioned from a pine flatwoods into a “young hammock” due to a lack of lightning ignited fires and the exclusion of prescribed burns.  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.  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.

Walk on the WILD SIDE @ Anastasia State Park

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 12:30pm EST

Regular park entry fees apply at $4/single-occupant vehicle, $8/vehicle with 2-8 occupants, or $2/bicyclist.

More Information:
Renee.Market@dep.state.fl.us or 904-461-2035

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

This walk starts out on the beautiful shoreline, continues up through the sand dunes, and travels along the boardwalk over the salt marsh. Participants will then have an intermission and restroom break at the Watersports Pavilion. From there, the walk will continue along Salt Run, our estuarine habitat, and through the maritime hammock. Participants of the walk will discover an assortment of flora and fauna that make up several ecosystems present at Anastasia, and possibly increase their knowledge of park history. The full length of the walk is 2.5 miles round trip, but the walk is at a leisurely pace. Participants may choose to walk only the first half of the walk that will end at Watersports. Suggested items to bring are binoculars, comfortable walking shoes, camera, drinking water, bug spray, and sunscreen. Meet at the beach parking lot at the end of the main park road.

Additional Information:

This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.

Participation Requirements

Beachcombing Basics @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Program is free with park admission!

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Do you love to walk the beach and find natural treasures?  Do you ever wonder about the unique objects you encounter on the beach? Join Patty Steman, a beach enthusiast and dedicated volunteer of the park, as she presents an informal overview of the many wonderful things you find while beachcombing. This fun-filled workshop will encourage discussion upon ways to clean, preserve, and display shells and sea beans. Along with identify egg casing, jelly fish, and other plant and animal materials that wash ashore. Bring your most treasured beach finds to share with the group! Due to the storm, our beach access ramp is closed and there is no beach access at this time.

All ages are welcome, minors must be accompanied by an adult. This event is subject to cancellation due to weather conditions. We will be meeting at the beachside pavilion on the east side of the park. 

You can register for this program at Eventbrite.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm 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.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel, and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call the yoga studio at 239-598-1938 or visit their website: www.greenmonkey.com.

Sunset Yoga Participation Requirements