MINDFUL HIKE IN LONG KEY NATURAL AREA Saturday, September 26,[masked]:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.

From: Broward Lotus Sangha (.
Sent on: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 11:53 PM

The Broward Lotus Sangha
and
The Broward and Dade Chapters of the
Florida Native Plant Society
Are pleased to invite you to a
MINDFUL HIKE IN LONG KEY NATURAL AREA
Saturday, September 26, 2009
9:30 A.M. ? 12:30 P.M.


This event is free and open to the public so bring your friends and family!

The Broward Lotus Sangha will be joining the Dade and Broward Chapters of the Florida Native Plant Society for a MINDFUL HIKE in Broward County's Long Key Natural Area. We will be walking slowly and mindfully while enjoying nature and learning about native flora and fauna.

At 157 acres, this is one of the largest nature preserves administered by Broward County. Archaeologists have traced human presence there to as far back as the Tequesta Nation. In addition, it was a refuge for native Americans fleeing U.S. troops during the Seminole Wars. Long Key encompasses some of the most significant archaeological, historical, and ecological resources within Broward County and has been labeled as "the best preserved archaeological record of 19th century Seminole life in Broward County." In more recent times, it has been the site of the Kapok Tree Inn restaurant, a Wild West theme park, and an exotic plant nursery. The public areas of the park consist of a half-mile paved trail through the hammock. We will also visit adjacent wetland areas normally not open to the public. Typical trees in the hardwood forest include live oak, red bay, paradise tree, satin leaf, strangler fig, hackberry, and the occasional cabbage palm and gumbo limbo. Wildlife in the area includes pileated woodpeckers, great horned owls, screech owls, ospreys, great egrets, herons, malachites, bobcats, foxes, and queen and zebra longwing butterflies. There are also several wetland marshes, man-made ponds and canals, which have become a haven for a variety of wetland birds including a very active bird roost/rookery area.

Difficulty Level: Easy on the trail--All Ages and fitness levels welcome. Moderate off the trail.

What To Bring/Wear: Sun and bug protection, hat, non-alcoholic beverages, closed shoes, snacks or brown bag lunch.

Optional Post-hike Activities:
? Bring a picnic lunch and join us for a mindful meal on the rocking chairs along the breeze porch, if you desire.
? Visit the nature center's new Exhibit Hall discussing the history of the site ($1 admission).
? Ride your bike along the beautiful Davie bike trails connecting to the Nature Center.
? Also, you can spend the afternoon at Flamingo Gardens for half-price admission through Sept. 30 ($8.50 adult, $4.25 kids). Exhibits of Florida birds, other wildlife, tropical plants, etc. For more information: http://www.flamingoga... or[masked]-2955.

Directions: Long Key Nature Center and Natural Area is located in the Town of Davie and found just west off of Flamingo Road between Griffin Road and I-595. The address is:
3501 S.W. 130th Ave.
Davie, FL 33330
Phone:[masked]

From I-595: Exit at Flamingo Road and go south to S.W. 36th Court. Turn right (west) across from Flamingo Gardens and follow 36th Court until it curves to the right (north) to become S.W. 130th Avenue. The entrance to the natural area will be on your left (west).

From I-95: Exit at Griffin Road and go west to Flamingo Road. Turn right (north) on Flamingo and go to S.W. 36th Court. Turn left (west) across from Flamingo Gardens and follow 36th Court until it curves to the right (north) to become S.W. 130th Avenue. The entrance to the natural area will be on your left (west).

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