Walks and Field Trips

Field Trip, June 19, USF Forest Preserve, 9 am.

Explore the USF Forest Preserve guided by our June speaker, Jeannie Mounger. You will get to see why this preserve is ecologically valuable and discuss potential pros and cons of different long-term protection and funding opportunities with the people who are leading the charge to protect the preserve.

Registration is required.  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 (phone and email) and membership chapter.

Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, long sleeves and trousers, close-toed & water resistant boots are advised. Bring drinking water and field snacks. We follow all protocals of the host site, which means masks may be required.

Field Trip, June 26, Upper Tampa Bay Park, 9 am

Meet at the Welcome Center at 9 am. The trip is fluid, but this is a varied place with coastal flatwoods, a boardwalk trail and a trail to a saltern as options. The latter is one of the best salterns (hypersaline marshes) in the Tampa Bay Area. There is a $2 fee for park entrance.

Registration is required.  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 (phone and email) and membership chapter.

Hat, sunscreen, mosquito repellant, long sleeves and trousers, close-toed & water resistant boots are advised. Bring drinking water and field snacks. We follow all protocals of the host site, which means masks may be required.

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.

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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.