Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State ParkMonday, 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.
Call the Ranger Station at (863) 386-6094 for more information.
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.
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 ParkMonday, 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.
Renee.Market@dep.state.fl.us or 904-461-2035
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.
This event is weather permitting and subject to cancellation.
Beachcombing Basics @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler BeachMonday, February 20, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Program is free with park admission!
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.
Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkMonday, February 20, 2017 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm EST
Class fee is $5, plus regular park admission.
Greenmonkey Yoga Studio at (239) 598-1938
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.