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Founded in 1964, the Florida Trail Association is a private non-profit organization that oversees the volunteer effort to build, maintain, protect and promote the Florida Trail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida_National_Scenic_Trail), one of eleven National Scenic Trails (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Scenic_Trail) in the United States. Based in Gainesville, FL (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gainesville,_FL), the Florida Trail Association's mission also includes:

Building and maintaining hiking trails on other public lands.

Providing educational opportunities for people to learn to appreciate and conserve the natural beauty of Florida.

Providing recreational opportunities for hiking and camping.

With 18 local chapters dispersed geographically throughout Florida (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florida), the Florida Trail Association draws on local support to build and maintain hiking trails, to provide guided outdoor recreation opportunities for the public, and to work with landowners to acquire protected natural lands to ensure a quality hiking experience for hikers on the Florida Trail corridor.

The Florida Trail Association works directly in concert with the federal land manager of the Florida Trail, the USDA Forest Service (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USDA_Forest_Service), to facilitate the acquisition of land, to direct volunteer efforts, and to provide public outreach.

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One must understand that joining this Meetup site does not automatically make you a member of the Florida Trail Association. "Real" membership requires becoming a paid member of the FTA. Please consider joining at:

http://208.71.18.160/store/html/category.cfm?id=86

We are the Loxahatchee Chapter of the Florida Trail Association. Our Chapter is located in the Palm Beach County area. If you enjoy hiking, backpacking, camping, eco-volunteering, this is the group for you!

FTA membership is not mandatory to hike our trails, but it is encouraged. To join the Florida Trail Association (includes membership in the Loxahatchee Chapter) go to http://www.floridatrail.org. Members receive many benefits, including automatic membership in the Loxahatchee Chapter, which holds its own meetings and activities and sends out a newsletter pertinent to what's going on in your area; a subscription to the Florida Trail Footprint newsletter; free trail maintenance training workshops, including chainsaw certification; free participation in F-Troop, our team-building volunteer trail crews that tackle large projects like building bridges and boardwalks; a window decal and logo patch; opportunity to participate on decision-making committees covering major hiking issues; and voting privileges.

Activities are organized by authorized activity leaders. Participants in activities must sign an Assumption of Risk form and agree to accept personal responsibility for their safety and the safety of accompanying minors. Always contact (phone call) the activity leader in advance for more information, to let them know you are attending, and to find out about any special requirements for a trip.

Upcoming events (5)

Clip and Walk Volunteer Work Party

Okeeheelee Park Nature Center

Meet at the Nature Center for an easy trail clearing/clean up activity! Bring clipping tools if you have them and gloves. A hat and bug spray are a good idea and as always, plenty to drink! This is our pay back to the park for allowing us to use their meeting room for our monthly meetings. Public/Leisure Contact: Paul Cummings[masked]

Stroll the Peaceful Waters Sanctuary

Peaceful Waters Sanctuary

Join Paul on a stroll in this 30 acre manmade wetland inside the Village Park Athletics Complex. There is a 1500 foot elevated boardwalk and a mile of trail that attracts lots of birds... so bring some binoculars. Sorry but dogs are not allowed on our activities. Public/leisure Contact Paul Cummings[masked]

John Prince Park Walk

John Prince Park

A spirited one-hour walk will get your appetite up for breakfast at Toojay's afterward! If you keep up with Paul you will walk a little over 3 miles in a hour... but if you are not up for it you can slow to your own pace and shorten the distance. But you need to be back at the parking lot in a hour to head for breakfast! Reminder: Dogs are not allowed on our outings. Contact Paul Cummings,[masked]. Public/Leisure This is a BIG park with several entrances. Use the entrance on Congress Avenue between Lantana Road and 6th Ave S. Go east to the first intersection and make a right. In about 50 yards turn left into the first parking lot you come to. The numerous times I have been to this walk our group has been the only ones in the parking lot.

Wakodahatchee and Green Cay Boardwalk Stroll

Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Join Paul on a 2 for 1! Meet at Wakadahatchee for a birding stroll on their boardwalk and then head to Green Cay for a comparison. I think you'll find both great! Binoculars are a fun addition for a close up look. Please note: Dogs are not allowed on our outings. Public/leisure Contact Paul:[masked]

Past events (1,153)

Walk the Eagle and Hog Hammock Trails

Grassy Waters Preserve

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