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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  239-495-7644   joannl1960@yahoo.com

Friday, June 19  NOTE FOLLOWING CHANGE OF MEETING - The meeting will be FRIDAY, June 19 at Bass Pro Shops in Estero. Bass Pro Shops, upstairs conference room, 10040 Gulf Center Drive, Ft. Myers.  This is in Gulf Coast Town Center on Alico Road and I-75 (exit 128). Social begins at 6:30pm and meeting at 7:00pm.   Florida is different. Stretching 1,400 miles from the edge of the Everglades to Pensacola Beach, the Florida Trail is Florida’s own National Scenic Trail and one of only 11 National Scenic Trails across America. It starts in a swamp, and ends on a beach, and what you’ll see in between will give you a new appreciation for natural Florida. Join Sandra Friend and John Keatley, authors of “The Florida Trail Guide,” for this visual journey on how to prepare for hiking the Florida Trail and what you’ll see along the route, followed by an open discussion on planning your next day hike or backpacking trip.   For more information call JoAnn at 239-495-7644

We will return to the regular Thursday meetings after the June meeting.

Please notify your friends who may be planning to attend the meetings of the change.

We hope that you can meet with us at the new times.

Saturday, June 27  8:30am  Day at the beach, Delnor-Wiggins State Park, 11135 Gulfshore Drive, Naples, FL.  Have some fun walking, swimming and shelling on the beach.  Bring lunch and something to drink.  Public – YES, limit – 20 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

201507 July Activity Calendar

JULY 2015

Friday-Sunday, July 10-12  Tubing Ichetucknee Springs, Ichetucknee Springs State Park, 12087 US 27, Fort White, FL.  Enjoy sights in Gainesville, FL, museum, Devils Millhopper, Bat house at the university, overnight at hotel, float the river (early am) call for details and carpooling.  FTA members only, limit – 10 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

201508 August Activity Calendar

AUGUST 2015

Saturday, August 22  8am  Tour Motes Marine Science Center, 1600 Ken Thompson Pkwy, Sarasota, FL.  Experience an up close view of a variety of marine animals and fish, a 135,000 gal aquarium and more, eat lunch and if time allows visit the beach.  FTA members only, limit – 10 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

201509 September Activity Calendar

SEPTEMBER 2015

Saturday, September 19  9am  Tour Peace River Wildlife Center, 3400 Ponce de Leon Pkwy, Punta Gorda, FL.  Tour wildlife center, enjoy lunch in downtown Punta Gorda.  Free admission – donation requested.  Public – YES, limit – 15 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

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

Saturday, October 24  9am  Tour Marie Selby Tropical Gardens, 811 South Palm Ave., Sarasota, FL.  Tour the gardens including the museum of Botany and Arts, lunch afterwards, possibly at Unger Longer Lodge.  Admission to Marie Selby is $19/Adult.  Public – YES, limit – 15 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

201511 November Activity Calendar

NOVEMBER 2015

Saturday, November 7  8am  Hike at Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park, 17980 Palm Beach Blvd, Alva, FL.  Hike a variety of habitats including palmetto-oak scrub, pine flatwoods and seasonal wetlands.  $1/day or $5/all day.  Bring snack and water.  FTA members only, limit – 10 people, moderate.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450 Friday – Sunday, November 13 – 15  Florida Trail Association South Regional Conference

The Alligator Amblers chapter will be hosting the South Regional Conference this year.  Our theme is “Water”.  We are looking for volunteers to help with this wonderful event.  The conference will be held at Riverside Retreat (the South Florida United Methodist Camp), 7305 County Rd 78, LaBelle, FL 33935, near Alva, FL.  Contact Joann 239-495-7644 if you would like to volunteer.

Florida Trail Association South Regional Conference

November 13-15, 2015

Theme – WATER

LOCATION:  Riverside Retreat (United Methodist Camp), 7305 Co. Rd. 78, LaBelle, FL 33935

DIRECTIONS:

From the West Coast – take I-75 to Exit 141, east on 80 – 12 miles turn left on Broadway and go over the river to the stop sign.  Alva school will be directly in front of you.  Turn RIGHT (east) on CR78.  Camp is 5 miles on right.

From the East Coast: Go to LaBelle.  Go west on CR78.  Camp is 10 miles on your left.

CAMPING:  There are bunkhouses (bring your own sheets, pillows, blankets, etc), tent camping and RV spaces.  Shower and toilet facilities not available inside the bunkhouses, but are a short walk from bunkhouses, tent sites and RV sites.  You may wish to bring: chairs for the campfire ring; your bicycle to get around the 150 acre site; your kayaks and canoes for a paddle on the Caloosahatchee River – rentals are available.  NO SMOKING and NO PETS permitted in any public facility, including bunkhouses.  Owners must keep pets on a leash and pick up after them.  If you play an instrument, please bring it for the campfire.

REGISTRATION/CHECK-IN – GO TO THE RED PAVILION: **4-9 pm Friday and 8-12 noon on Saturday

INFORMATION: *- Please bring your own water bottle (we will have water for refilling) and your own mug for coffee/tea

*- Friday night hospitality 6-9 pm, bring a dish/snack to share.

*- Saturday Workshops and Events *- Saturday Night Entertainment : Dinner, Raffle, “Wuz Nu” Silent Auction, Campfire and stories.

*- Sunday Chapel Services 7am, Breakfast, Closing ceremony

Registration forms available in the Footprint or email   wilgoson@aol.com

 

201512 December Activity Calendar

DECEMBER 2015

Sunday, December 27   9am  Paddle the East River located in Fakahatchee Strand, out and back, mangrove tunnels, lakes and very narrow areas, very remote.  All day paddle.  Call for further information where to meet.  Public – NO, Limit 10 boats, strenuous.  RSVP Jean 239-249-8245  jbubwm@gmail.com 

 

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