Walks and Field Trips

October Field Trip

 Cockroach Creek Greenway Preserve

 4110 Valroy Rd – Ruskin 33570,  Saturday, October 17 at 9AM.

Public parking & access for the Cockroach Creek Greenway Preserve is located at 4110 Valroy Rd. (south side of  Valroy Rd.)   ,  2.5 miles east of Hwy 41.  The intersection of Valroy Rd. and Hwy 41 is just north of the Manatee County line.

Located in a predominantly rural landscape, Cockroach Creek Greenway Preserve protects in perpetuity 550 acres of mesic & xeric long leaf pine flatwoods, ephemeral wetlands, oak hammock and a portion of the Cockroach Creek drainage basin.

The Preserve is well managed with prescribed burning for several years, promoting a diversity of plant and animal species adapted to fire frequency.

Plan for 3 to 4 hours of a moderately paced, social distancing enjoyment of field botany and butterflies.  Expect periods of full blazing sun, communing with Serenoa repens and distinct possibility of flooded trails (hat, sunscreen, long sleeves and trousers, close-toed & water resistant boots) Bring drinking water and field snacks. Should be fun!

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).


October 23- 25 : Camping at Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park. We have 4 campsites reserved for that weekend for members only. Please contact Mable Patterson (mablepatterson@hotmail.com) for more information.

Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks 2020 Schedule

 NO WALK is scheduled for October. Remaining walks are dependent on county decisions about group activities in the parks.

Lettuce Lake has reopened but the Visitor Center, picnic and playground areas and canoe rentals are still closed. You can walk the boardwalk (now one-way) and use the trails.

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.