Walks and Field Trips

Field Trip: Saturday, April 20, 2024, Brooker Creek Headwaters, 9 am - 12 pm

Upper Tampa Bay Trailhead entrance, 7020 Lutz-Lake Fern Rd, Odessa 33556

We will be hiking through wetlands in this 1121-acre preserve on a route designed to take us near the best plants in bloom in April.

Because we will have some off-trail time in a sensitive area, we are limiting participants to 10. 

You must pre-register. Be prepared for wet shoes!

Bring plenty of water and a hat or other sun protection. Closed toe shoes and long pants are recommended. Snacks, a walking stick, and insect repellent are also good items to have along. 

To register, contact Tina (Mable C) Patterson, email mablepatterson@hotmail.com or phone (305) 298-6381 , text or call, and leave your name and message and contact information. 

Camping at Everglades National Park, February 3 - 7, 2025

Camping, hiking and swamp walks at Everglades National Park. Contact Tina for information.

Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks, 2024 Schedule

Next walk of 2024 is April 6

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.

$2 entry fee for the park. Dogs are not allowed on the boardwalk.

Walks begin in the Native Plant Garden behind the Joel E Jackson Nature Center at 9 am and last until approximately 11 am.


Download 2024 Schedule


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. Please visit Tampa Audubon's website to register for this walk.

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