Walks and Field Trips

Field Trip : Saturday, January 23, 

Alderman's Ford Conservation Park

 This park is unique in Hillsborough County for its local diversity. It encompases multiple ecosystems ranging from river floodplain to sandhill. It is unique in having a mature, forested seep slope that extends from the floodplain up to the sandhill. It is known for its species diversity which includes basswood, Rhododendrum viscosum, fringe tree, and golden club. We will be walking the boardwalk, the multi-use trail, and an informal trail that leads from the floodplain up to the sandhill through the seep slope. Expect a 2 to 3 mile walk. We will be looking at everything, but we will point out trees appropriate for landscape uses. 

Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, long sleeves and trousers, close-toed & water resistant boots are advised. Bring drinking water and field snacks. There are restrooms at 3 locations along the paved trail and in the picnic area. Wear your mask!

The trip is limited to 10 participants who should be FNPS members. To sign up, contact Tina (Mable C) Patterson at mablepatterson@hotmail.com or call (305) 298-6381 (leave name and message). You should include full name, contact information and membership chapter.

Masks are required at all times on the field trip.


Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks 2021 Schedule

 NO WALKS ARE CURRENTLY SCHEDULED.  We are awaiting County permission to resume.

Lettuce Lake has reopened but the Visitor Center and picnic pavilions are still closed. You can walk the boardwalk (now one-way) and use the trails. They have resumed canoe rentals (ask at the entrance station).

Suncoast sponsors native plant walks at Lettuce Lake Park on the first Saturday every month except July, August and December.These walks are designed for park visitors who want to learn about Florida native plants.  We do a slow stroll pointing out the native plants that the park supports.

Walks begin in the Visitor Center at 9 am. After a short presentation, we leave from the native plant garden and walk the trails and boardwalk.



Tampa Audubon 'Beginning Bird Walks' meet on the second Saturday of each month at Lettuce Lake. Participants meet at 9 am (8 am in summer) in the parking lot by the Visitor Center. Binoculars are available for loan.

The Native Plant and Bird Walks are free and open to the public although there is a $2 park entrance fee.