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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
Hikes to Deep Hole @ Myakka River State ParkWednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EST
Reservations are required, limited to 6 participants per trip.
Cost is $20 per person suggested donation which will include entrance fees to the park.
This exclusive trip is sponsored by the Friends of Myakka River. Your donation will be used to help care for the park and river.
www.MyakkaHikes.com Steve White (203) 493-6283
Have a National Geographic type moment in the wilds of Myakka on a wildlife trek led by an experienced nature guide. Deep Hole in Myakka's wilderness preserve is one of the best places in the park to view eagles, wading birds like roseate spoonbills and sandhill cranes, ducks, shorebirds, and of course alligators.
This is a 5-mile hike through moderatly rough terrain, on sandy soils and along the lakeshore.
Trips are offered the first and third Wednesday of every month December thru April.
For more information about scheduled and private hikes and to make reservations, please visit www.MyakkaHikes.com or call Steve White at (203) 493-6283.
Kayak Tour @ Curry Hammock State ParkWednesday, February 21, 2018 - 8:00am to 12:00pm EST
Single Kayak Rental: $17.20
Double Kayak Rental: $21.50
Take a 90-minute paddle around one of the islands that comprise Curry Hammock State Park. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation for the fragility of the nearshore ecosystem. You will see some of the damage man has caused and learn of the ongoing effort to preserve this valuable resource.
Tours are limited to six kayaks. Visitors should bring their own or rent from the park.
Registration is recommended.
Co-Ed Low Impact Exercise Class @ Oscar Scherer State ParkWednesday, February 21, 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.
Camper Coffee @ Myakka River State ParkWednesday, February 21, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST
There are no fees required to attend camper coffee, however donations to help cover the cost of refreshments and supplies are greatly appreciated. Any proceeds will go directly to the Friends of Myakka River to help protect, preserve and support Myakka River State Park.
More information: 941-373-7839 or 941-361-6511
This is a great time to come and visit with your fellow campers, meet our fantastic volunteers and rangers, and find out about all the great things that Myakka River State Park has to offer. See if you can stump the staff with a question about the park! We serve fresh, hot coffee, tea and treats provided by the Friends of Myakka River. Bring your mug and join in the camaraderie around the fire!
Camper Coffee is generally hosted at the rustic Log Pavilion located just north of the Ranger Station along the park drive.
We will be relocating camper coffee to the fire circle at Big Flats Campground while the Log Pavilion is closed for repairs for the following dates: 1/24/18, 1/31/18, 2/7/18, & 2/14/18.
Big Flats Campground is located three miles north of the Ranger Station near the lake area.