GET GREAT EXERCISE & LEARN HOW TO — Seek & Destroy Coral Ardisia and Other Exotic Invasive Plants. For camaraderie, fun, healthy exercise, and the satisfaction of doing something good for the environment, consider participating in this event, which is part of a series of sessions for everyone--all ages--interested in the outdoors. Learn the importance of addressing the problem of invasive plants, with a particular focus on Coral Ardisia (CA), which is currently smothering much of the understory of this beautiful park and many other areas throughout Florida and Georgia.
This event will be a 1-2 mile interpretative (slow) hike during which you will learn, via hands-on work (great exercise!), how to remove CA, followed by lunch (provided*). Experts from local chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society and the Florida Trail association, along with the Northwest Florida Water Management District, The Nature Conservancy, and the City of Tallahassee will be on hand to teach you how to identify at least 4 species of exotic invasive plants that can be found there, different methods for removing them safely, and how to distinguish them from native plants.
Lunch provided. At lunch (~30 min), there will be more discussion about why this effort is important, how you can help in different ways appropriate for different activities (e.g., hiking, cycling, walking, your own back yard), how to report invasive plant sightings (http://www.eddmaps.org/). If time, you will also learn more about this beautiful park: its rare butterflies, bluebird boxes, artifacts, history, and the Red Hills Horse Trials.
Bring water, bug spray, garden/work gloves, and wear shoes appropriate for hiking. Bring a clipper and/or a shovel (pointed type is best) if you own them.
Questions? Contact Karen Berkley (850)[masked], [masked]m