We'll meet at the trail head and expect to get some sunshine, take as many water breaks as needed, learn about local history and ecology, view wildlife, breathe in some fresh air, and definitely get muddy and wet! We start the hike in scrubby flatwoods, where yellow star grass and saw palmetto are plentiful. Moving south, white mangrove and buttonwood dominate the fringes of the estuarine rivers. Rushes, sedges, and grasses thrive up to our destination, which is an expansive area where salt flat and mangrove swamp meet. Here we will stay on the lookout for fiddler crabs and periwinkles, tri-colored herons and little blue herons, and perhaps even roseate spoonbills and the elusive white pelican. I will take tons of high quality pictures throughout the experience and send them to you after.
Zachary is an passionate naturalist and an avid hiker, living among the water and mangroves for most of his life. He enjoys sharing his love of nature and conservation with others. In addition to hiking, he also volunteers, kayaks, and teaches outdoor education, making him the perfect guide for a Florida hiking adventure. He is CPR and Florida Master Naturalist certified.
16 oz. bottled Zephyhills water.
Deet-free bug spray.
We will hike through and gain a unique look at a mosaic of South Florida habitats - including one of the last pristine salt marshes in the region. There are trails in the preserve for all ages, fitness levels, and interests. I will determine the perfect trail, based on the day’s weather conditions and the group’s hiking experience. Meeting information will be sent the day before the experience.
最多可有8位年满7周岁的参与者参加。 Guests should be comfortable hiking for two hours in hot/humid Florida weather.
It will be muddy and wet (depending on past weather, sometimes the water may get up to your knees), so wear secure shoes you don't mind dirtying, long pants, and sun protection.
Scenic Hike through a Pristine Preserve