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201502 February Activity Calendar

FEBRUARY 2015

Sunday, February 01  Moonlight Bike Ride in Shark Valley, 36000 SW 8th ST, Miami, FL.  Bike in Shark Valley on a 15 mile paved trail by moonlight.  Road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes.  Helmets required.  Bring spare tube, water, snacks, insect repellent, and headlamps.  FTA members only.  Limit 10 people, Moderate.  From Naples go east on US Hwy 41 approximately 70 miles. GPS: 25 degrees 45’27.60 N  80 degrees 46’01.01 W.  Shark Valley phone 305-221-8776.   RSVP on Meetup.com or Debra 239-9479926  debraotaylor@comcast.net

Sunday, February 08   Trail Maintenance at Collier Seminole State Park, Naples, Fl. 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34114.  Meet at 9am  at entrance to main gate.  Activity Description:  We will be working on the loop trail which is approx. ¼ mile from the main entrance.  Wear old clothes and shoes –trail can be very wet and muddy at times.  Bring loppers, clippers, lunch, plenty of water and bug spray. We have extra tools if someone does not and would like to join us.     Public: no    Limit  20 people   Difficulty:  moderate   RSVP:  Brenda  239-594-0401   Co-Leader  Jean  585-261-8409     email  jbubwm@gmail.com

Monday, February 09  Trail Maintenance Hike at Prairie Pines, North Ft Myers, Fl.   Time:  Call Mickey Miller  Activity Description:  Trimming and marking trails    Public NO   Limit:  10 People Rating:  Moderate    RSVP   Mickey   239-229-0522  email  mcmiller@leegov.com

Saturday, February 14  8:45 am. Walk 2.5-3 miles through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoises, mangroves, fiddler crabs, flowers: Bring water, sunscreen, hat and shoe change as we will be walking through some mud and low water.  Location:  Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL 33928.  Turn West off W. Broadway to end next to FPL substation.   Public – yes, Limit – 15 people, Leisure.  RSVP  Joann 239-495-7644   joannl1960@yahoo.com

Thursday, February 19  Alligator Amblers Monthly Meeting at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Ft. Myers.  Speaker: George Luther, Corkscrew Regional Ecosystem Watershed “CREW”.  Topic – New land acquisition, CREW trails and guided day and night tours.   Social begins at 6:30pm and meeting at 7:00pm. For more information call JoAnn at 239-495-7644

Friday, February 20  8am.  2 – 2 1/2 miles hike thru hammocks and flatwoods at Hickory Swamp Preserve, 13320 Peace Road, Ft. Myers.  Public: yes, Limit 15 people, leisure.  RSVP Mickey 239-839-3286  hike1962@yahoo.com 

Sunday, February 22   Trail Maintenance at Collier Seminole State Park, 20200 E. Tamiami Trail, Naples, FL 34114.  Meet at 9am  at entrance to main gate.   Activity Description:  We will be working on the loop trail which is approx. ¼ mile from the main entrance.  Wear old clothes and shoes –trail can be very wet and muddy at times.  Bring loppers, clippers, lunch, plenty of water and bug spray. We have extra tools if someone does not have any and would like to join us. The BoyScouts will be with us on this hike.  Public: no    Limit  20 people  Difficulty:  moderate   RSVP:  Brenda 239-594-0401    Co-Leader  Jean  585-261-8409     email  jbubwm@gmail.com

Sunday, February 22  10:45am.  Historical/Botanical walk, Koreshan State Historical State Park, 3800 Corkscrew Road, Estero, FL.  1 1/2 hour historical/botanical tour.  Learn about Cyrus Teed’s early 1900′s Communal living concept and the settlement he created.  Entrance fee $5.  After the tour one can walk a .08 miles Bamboo trail or bring your own kayak and paddle the Estero River, rentals available $5/hr.  Public – yes, limit – 15 people, leisure.  RSVP: Joann 239-495-7644  joannl1960@yahoo.com

201503 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2015

Sunday, March 15  11am.  Narrated bus tour at Babcock Ranch, 8000 SR 31, Punta Gorda, FL.  I-75 to exit 143 right onto RT 78 (Bayshore) left RT 31 N 9 miles to ranch.  90 minute narrated bus tour of working cattle ranch; see “OLD FLORIDA”, birds, gators, feral hogs, beautiful scenery.  Adults $25  Meet at ticket booth.  Public – yes, limit 15 people, leisure.  RSVP Joann 239-495-7644  joannl1960@yahoo.com

Thursday, March 19  Alligator Amblers Monthly Meeting at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Ft. Myers.  This is in Gulf Coast Town Center on Alico Road and I-75 (exit 128). Program TBA.  Social begins at 6:30pm and meeting at 7:00pm. For more information call JoAnn at 239-495-7644

Saturday, March 28   8:45 am. Walk 2.5-3 miles through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoises, mangroves, fiddler crabs, flowers: Bring water, sunscreen, hat and shoe change as we will be walking through some mud and low water.  Location:  Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL 33928.  Turn West off W. Broadway to end next to FPL substation.   Public – yes, Limit – 15 people, Leisure.  RSVP  Joann 239-495-7644   joannl1960@yahoo.com

201504 April Activity Calendar

APRIL 2015

April 9-12, 2015 - Annual Conference of the Florida Trail Association 

at the Life Enrichment Center, 4991 Picciola Rd. Fruitland Park, FL 32731

http://www.floridatrail.org/2015-annual-conference/

Go to the above site to find out more about the conference.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends, to hear exciting speakers and to find out what Florida has to offer.

Registration opens in February

Join us as we celebrate another year dedicated to building and maintaining the Florida Trail.

The venue features:
-Double occupancy motel-style lodgings
-A buffet-style dining room
-Tent and RV sites
-Auditorium and classrooms
-Wi-Fi in most locations

Check-in begins Thursday afternoon (April 9), which allows the conference two full days of workshops and hiking opportunities. Check-out will be the morning of Sunday, April 12.

Thursday, April 16  Alligator Amblers Monthly Meeting at Bass Pro Shops, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Ft. Myers.  This is in Gulf Coast Town Center on Alico Road and I-75 (exit 128). Program TBA.  Social begins at 6:30pm and meeting at 7:00pm. For more information call JoAnn at 239-495-7644

201506 June Activity Calendar

JUNE 2015

Saturday, June 6   8:45 am. Walk 2.5-3 miles through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoises, mangroves, fiddler crabs, flowers: Bring water, sunscreen, hat and shoe change as we will be walking through some mud and low water.  Location:  Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL 33928.  Turn West off W. Broadway to end next to FPL substation.   Public – yes, Limit – 15 people, Leisure.  RSVP  Joann Luce 239-495-7644   joannl1960@yahoo.com

201510 October Activity Calendar

OCTOBER 2015                                                          

Sunday, October 4   8:45 am. Walk 2.5-3 miles through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoises, mangroves, fiddler crabs, flowers: Bring water, sunscreen, hat and shoe change as we will be walking through some mud and low water.  Location:  Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL 33928.  Turn West off W. Broadway to end next to FPL substation.   Public – yes, Limit – 15 people, Leisure.  RSVP  Joann  239-495-7644   joannl1960@yahoo.com

Friday – Sunday, October 16-18  Florida Trail Association South Regional Conference

The Alligator Amblers chapter will be hosting the South Regional Conference this year.  We are looking for volunteers to help with this wonderful event.  The conference will be held at the South Florida United Methodist 355 CR 78 (Fort Denaud, Fl) near Alva, FL.  Contact Joann 239-495-7644 if you would like to volunteer.

The camp has dorms, tent camping and RV spaces.  More information will be available soon.

201601 January Activity Calendar

JANUARY 2016

Sunday, January 10 2016   8:45 am. Walk 2.5-3 miles through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoises, mangroves, fiddler crabs, flowers: Bring water, sunscreen, hat and shoe change as we will be walking through some mud and low water.  Location:  Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL 33928.  Turn West off W. Broadway to end next to FPL substation.   Public – yes, Limit – 15 people, Leisure.  RSVP  Joann Luce 239-495-7644   joannl1960@yahoo.com