• Chapter Meeting-Everyone's invited

    FERN FOREST NATURE CENTER

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  • Wildflower Stroll at Jonathan Dickinson State Park

    Jonathan Dickinson State Park

    Less than 2 mile stroll looking for wildflowers and wildlife. Wear comfortable clothes for the heat, hat, sunscreen, bug repellent, camera, binoculars, 16-32 oz water minimum. Entrance fee to park is $4 for a single occupant, $6 for 2-8 people in a vehicle. Hike begins at 9:00 am sharp.

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  • Chapter Meeting-Everyone's invited

    FERN FOREST NATURE CENTER

    Everyone is invited to attend our Monthly meeting. This includes members and non members. Please come and see what we are all about. Snacks will be provided! The Speaker this month will be:Gary Bremen, Interpretive Park Ranger Topic:The wilder side of Biscayne National Park

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  • Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park- 4.5 miles

    Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park

    Limit 25 - Meet at 8:15 am and we will start walking at 8:30 am.. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, in Key Biscayne, is the home of a historic lighthouse built in 1825 and reconstructed in 1846 and is the oldest standing structure in Miami-Dade County. Biking and kayaking are also popular activities. After the hike we can return to the lighthouse and climb it if it’s open. Usually after 10 a.m. a ranger will be present to open the lighthouse to the public. This state park consists of several miles of shared trails which will take us through reconstructed forests and wetlands as well as along the beach front. The beach is great for swimming. Bring a bathing suit if interested in swimming after the hike ends. Bring a snack and drink. We’ll sit and socialize for a brief time in a picnic area before returning to our cars. Directions: I- 95 south to Rickenbacker Causeway ($1.50 toll). Get on Causeway to Bill Baggs State Park. Pay your fee at the entrance then PARK IN THE LIGHTHOUSE PARKING LOT. Look for Steve and the group by the entrance to the lighthouse. Restrooms are on the premises. 1200 S. Crandon Boulevard Key Biscayne, Florida 33149 (305)[masked] Admission Fee: $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single-occupant vehicle or motorcycle. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

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  • Chapter Meeting-Everyone's invited

    FERN FOREST NATURE CENTER

    Everyone is invited to attend our Monthly meeting. This includes members and non members. Please come and see what we are all about. Snacks will be provided! The Speaker this month will be:Robin Recasina, Operations & Education Director, Sawgrass Nature Center and Wildlife Hospital Topic:Meet Your Wildlife Friends

  • Panhandle Trace Hiking Event - Part II

    Needs a location

    The Western Gate Chapter (Florida Trail Association) is hosting two 3-day week-end hiking events to introduce the public and all Florida Trail enthusiasts to the northern sections of the FT. Come join the fun and explore the longleaf pine habitat with its lakes and beautiful streams and rivers or the Yellow River Ravines area which provides a true wilderness hiking experience. Daily guided hikes ranging in length from 7 to 11 miles will be offered with support available to shorten hikes if desired. March 29-31 Hike Yellow River Ravines -hike from Holt to Harold, FL on a wilderness hike with multiple stream crossings, learn more about steepheads with their own micro-climate, and enjoy the rustic beauty and multitude of flowering trees and shrubs of north Florida in the springtime. Western Gate camping host will be at Blackwater River State Park. Make camping reservations through Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/ April 5 – 7 Hike the Piney Woods – hike to the northern terminus of the FT, enjoy a lake-to-lake hike, and explore trails along the Blackwater River. Enjoy the diversity of wildflowers including pitcher plants, native azalea, dogwood, Florida anise, and mountain laurel. Western Gate camping host will be at Hurricane Lake Recreation area in Blackwater River State Forest, with other options for camping in the Forest at Bear Lake, Karick Lake or Krul Lake. Make camping reservations through Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/ For additional detailed information, contact Helen Wigersma ([masked]) or see the Western Gate Chapter Meetup site: https://www.meetup.com/ftawesterngate/

  • Dyer Park and Winding Waters- 5 miles

    Location visible to members

    Postponed from last week. Note 8:00 am start time. This will be a hike at a moderate 2.5 mph pace covering the two parks. Leaders choice of trails and lots of scenery. Some trails will be paved, others, not. You'll hopefully view a large variety of birds and other wildlife if our timing is right and we're quiet enough. We'll even get a glimpse of model airplanes flying. Bring a snack and at least 32oz. of water. This will be one of our classic and fun hikes. Inclement weather may change plans. Stay in touch on this web page for any possible updates. Activities Leader: Steve Galla,[masked] Meet in Dyer Park, first lot on the right after you enter. Set your GPS to: 7301 Haverhill Road , West Palm Beach, FL 33412 (not a mailing address). From Turnpike Exit 107, Beeline Highway, take the exit, drive left on Jog Rd, left on Beeline Hwy, drive under the Turnpike and make a right on Haverhill WHICH IS ABOUT A MILE AHEAD. Cross RR tracks on the right. Drive about 1/4 mile on Haverhill Rd. Dyer Park is on the right side, off Haverhill Rd. If unfamiliar with the area, check Google Maps. From I-95: Take Blue Heron(exit 76) west 1 mile to Beeline Hwy.(FL 710) Get in left lane right away after getting on Beeline and make 1st left on Haverhill Rd. Turn right into Dyer Park.

  • Panhandle Trace Hiking Event - Part I

    Needs a location

    The Western Gate Chapter (Florida Trail Association) is hosting two 3-day week-end hiking events to introduce the public and all Florida Trail enthusiasts to the northern sections of the FT. Come join the fun and explore the longleaf pine habitat with its lakes and beautiful streams and rivers or the Yellow River Ravines area which provides a true wilderness hiking experience. Daily guided hikes ranging in length from 7 to 11 miles will be offered with support available to shorten hikes if desired. March 29-31 Hike Yellow River Ravines -hike from Holt to Harold, FL on a wilderness hike with multiple stream crossings, learn more about steepheads with their own micro-climate, and enjoy the rustic beauty and multitude of flowering trees and shrubs of north Florida in the springtime. Western Gate camping host will be at Blackwater River State Park. Make camping reservations through Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/ April 5 – 7 Hike the Piney Woods – hike to the northern terminus of the FT, enjoy a lake-to-lake hike, and explore trails along the Blackwater River. Enjoy the diversity of wildflowers including pitcher plants, native azalea, dogwood, Florida anise, and mountain laurel. Western Gate camping host will be at Hurricane Lake Recreation area in Blackwater River State Forest, with other options for camping in the Forest at Bear Lake, Karick Lake or Krul Lake. Make camping reservations through Reserve America https://www.reserveamerica.com/ For additional detailed information, contact Helen Wigersma ([masked]) or see the Western Gate Chapter Meetup site: https://www.meetup.com/ftawesterngate/

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  • Chapter Meeting-Everyone's invited

    FERN FOREST NATURE CENTER

    Everyone is invited to attend our Monthly meeting. This includes members and non members. Please come and see what we are all about. Snacks will be provided! The Speaker this month will be:Mike and Lynn Thompson Topic:500 mile hike on the Camino de Frances from France to Santiago, Spain