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  • 3.29.20 Hike at Circle B Bar Reserve

    Polk's Nature Discovery Center

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  • 3.16.20 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST

    FNST ROCKRIDGE ROAD TRAILHEAD AT GSE

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  • 3.13.20 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST

    FNST ROCKRIDGE ROAD TRAILHEAD AT GSE

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the FTA volunteer trail work activity. FTA membership is not required to participate. If you haven't previously filled out a Volunteer Profile with the Florida Trail Association (FTA), please do so before the event. It only needs to be done once. Each person's hours will be logged onto the state site. The info on hours worked helps the FTA receive funds and/or apply for grants. Please see link to FTA website to set up a Volunteer Profile: http://www.floridatrail.org/volunteer/volunteer-profile/ DESCRIPTION: Come out for a work day on the Florida National Scenic Trail in Green Swamp East. Meet at the main trailhead at 17301 Rock Ridge Rd, Lakeland, FL 33868 at 800 am. We’ll be moving to the work area for the trail maintenance shortly after, and wrapping up around 1:00 pm. We’ll have all the tools. Contact Janice Scroggie Anderson at [masked] for any questions. BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (no flip flops) Work gloves Water Lunch; snacks if desired Insect protection Wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Help us maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. Join the Florida Trail Association volunteers by using loppers and mowers to maintain a section of the trail in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area, located about 30 minutes north of Lakeland. This is a great chance to see the Green Swamp and the Florida National Scenic Trail. The Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area, also known as Green Swamp East, consists of 50,692 acres in Lake, Polk, and Sumter counties. Most of the landscape is pine flatwoods, cypress domes, and hardwoods swamps. More than 22 miles of hiking trails, 13.1 miles of which are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, traverse the area. FWC and Southwest Florida Water Management District cooperatively manage the Green Swamp. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a federally-designated, non-motorized, recreation trail that meanders approximately 1,300 miles.

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  • Green Swamp West, FNST, Hike

    FNST, Green Swamp West

    Out and back hike. About 12 miles. Hiking footwear required. Bring at least 2 liters of water, snacks, be prepared for the heat. Hikers should be experienced. We will leave at 8am.

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  • 2.28.20 Weekend camping and exploring Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, FL

    Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

    This is a Florida Trail Association (FTA) weekend camping activity hosted by the Heartland Chapter. FTA membership is required to participate. Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. For FTA membership information please visit https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/ The Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association is stretching its legs. FTA members, please join us for a weekend of camping and exploring in and around Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, FL. Additional daily group activities will be posted to Meetup as separate events. FTA Activity Leaders, please feel free to organize and post group activities for Saturday and Sunday. Camping reservations can be made through Reserve America at https://www.reserveamerica.com/explore/paynes-prairie-preserve-state-park/FL/281092/overview

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  • 8 mile hike

    3829 Tenoroc Mine Rd

    We will hike about 8 miles on the yellow trail, moderate Bring water and snacks. No flip flops or barefoot. Children if they can handle 8 miles are welcome. Remember 8:00 am means we're leaving. I expect everybody to be ready and signed in by 7:55 You do not have to stop at the office to pay.

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  • 2.19.2020 Hike on the FNST & Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway WEST

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the Florida Trail Association (FTA) hiking activity opened to the public. FTA membership is not required to participate. READ THIS: MINIMUM 2 LITERS OF WATER PER PERSON MANDATORY. NO WATER MINIMUM, NO HIKING WITH THIS GROUP. DESCRIPTION: This hike is rated as strenuous. This hike will not be agreeable to birders, photographers, or new hikers. This will be a fast paced, head down, one foot in front of the other ten mile hike; five miles to the picnic tables and then five miles return. Approximate round trip time is just over 3 hours. We will begin sign-in at 7:00 a.m. Step out on the hike at 7:30 a.m. Approximate GPS coordinates of turn around point is:[masked], [masked]. The Marjorie Harris Carr Cross Florida Greenway is a mile wide and 110-mile-long corridor across North Central Florida was once meant to be a sea-level ship canal during the Great Depression and then a lock and dam barge canal in the 1960s to expedite shipping across the peninsula. Instead, it’s been preserved for recreation and wildlife habitat that traverses a significant portion of the upper Florida peninsula. The greenway starts at the Gulf of Mexico near Yankeetown and runs in an easterly direction to just south of Ocala. From there the corridor turns to the northeast and follows the Ocklawaha River near Silver Springs until it meets the St. Johns River near Palatka. https://www.floridastateparks.org/parks-and-trails/marjorie-harris-carr-cross-florida-greenway Safety Requirements: Minimum 2 liters of water per person mandatory. No water, no hike! No bare feet, flip flops, or open-toed footwear. Insect protection. Snacks/Food

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  • 2.17.20 Trail Care at Green Swamp East FNST

    17301 Rockridge Rd

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: Becoming a member of this Meetup group is not to be assumed as becoming a member in the Florida Trail Association (FTA). Membership in the Florida Trail Association helps us in our efforts to build, protect and promote the Florida National Scenic Trail. FTA membership information is available at https://www.floridatrail.org/make-a-difference/become-a-member/. This is a Heartland Chapter of the FTA volunteer trail work activity. FTA membership is not required to participate. If you haven't previously filled out a Volunteer Profile with the Florida Trail Association (FTA), please do so before the event. It only needs to be done once. Each person's hours will be logged onto the state site. The info on hours worked helps the FTA receive funds and/or apply for grants. Please see link to FTA website to set up a Volunteer Profile: http://www.floridatrail.org/volunteer/volunteer-profile/ DESCRIPTION: Come out for a work day on the Florida National Scenic Trail in Green Swamp East. Meet at the main trailhead at 17301 Rock Ridge Rd, Lakeland, FL 33868 at 800 am. We’ll be moving to the work area for the trail maintenance shortly after, and wrapping up around 1:00 pm. We’ll have extra drinking water and all the tools. Contact Janice Scroggie Anderson at [masked] for any questions. BRING OR WEAR: Sturdy walking shoes or hiking boots (no flip flops) Work gloves Water Lunch; snacks if desired Insect protection Wear long pants and a long sleeve shirt. Help us maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail. Join the Florida Trail Association volunteers by using loppers and mowers to maintain a section of the trail in the Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area, located about 30 minutes north of Lakeland. This is a great chance to see the Green Swamp and the Florida National Scenic Trail. The Green Swamp Wildlife Management Area, also known as Green Swamp East, consists of 50,692 acres in Lake, Polk, and Sumter counties. Most of the landscape is pine flatwoods, cypress domes, and hardwoods swamps. More than 22 miles of hiking trails, 13.1 miles of which are part of the Florida National Scenic Trail, traverse the area. FWC and Southwest Florida Water Management District cooperatively manage the Green Swamp. The Florida National Scenic Trail is a federally-designated, non-motorized, recreation trail that meanders approximately 1,300 miles.

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