Co-Ed Low Impact Exercise Class @ Oscar Scherer State ParkMonday, February 5, 2018 - 8:15am to 9:00am EST
Free with camping or standard park entrance fee
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Wear comfortable shoes and wake up with a morning exercise session led by Kate Isles! Exercises do not require participants to sit or lay down and program is considered accessible. Located in the Screen Room by the Nature Center.
Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State ParkMonday, February 5, 2018 - 9:00am EST to Monday, February 26, 2018 - 11:00am EST
Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 per person for bicyclists and visitors walking into the park on foot apply. There are no additional fees for these guided programs.
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.
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, snakes, and otters are sometimes seen.
February walks include the following:
Fern Garden Trail-February 5
Wild Orange Trail-February 12
Young Hammock-February 19
Richard Lieber Memorial Trail-February 26
Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks, hardwood swamps and an area that has undergone succession from a pine flatwood to a broad-leafed “ young” hammock due to a lack of fire 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 am. Hikes take approximately one hour to 90 minutes. Degree of difficulty of the walks range 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. 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
Guided Nature Walk @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkMonday, February 5, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with park admission.
Join us for a guided exploration of MacArthur Beach State Park daily at 10:00 a.m. Meet in front of the Park's Nature Center.
Bring a water bottle, sunscreen and insect repellant.