Walks and Field Trips

Field Trip, July 18, 10 am, Little Red Wagon Native Nursery

4113 Henderson Boulevard, Tampa FL 33629 , littleredwagonnativenursery.com

We will be visiting the Little Red Wagon, the only native nursery in Hillsborough County. Our host is Anita Camacho, a member of our Suncoast board of directors, and an expert on providing habitat for butterflies. We will have a tour before the nursery opens, and then we will have the opportunity to shop – and snacks courtesy of our host. 

Please rsvp to Tina Patterson so that we can give her an approximate idea of numbers.

mablepatterson@hotmail.com or call 305-298-6381 and leave name and message

Camping Trips, 2021

We have 2 trips planned for the fall. There are still a few spaces in the reserved campsites or you can reserve your own through the Florida State Parks system

Highlands Hammock – October 22-24. Visit primeval live oak forest, walk the boardwalk, and visit an ancient Lake Wales Ridge scrub filled with rare plants. We arrive Friday evening and depart Sunday around 1 pm. The park is varied and the walking is easy. 

Collier-Seminole State Park and Fakahatchee Strand – December 9-13. Plan on camping in a semitopical setting and going on a compass wade into Fakahatchee Strand. We will arrive Thursday evening and depart Sunday morning giving ourselves 2 full days in the woods. Plan on wading in deep water and mud.

Contact Tina Patterson for more information.

Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks 2021 Schedule

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

Lettuce Lake has reopened the Visitor Center and picnic pavilions. You can walk the most of 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.