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201701 January Activity Calendar

JANUARY 2017

Sunday, January 1, 9 am,  Bike Ride in Bird Rookery Preserve, Meet at 1721 Rock Road, Naples, 34120 and caravan to Bird Rookery.  Bike Ride on back roads in Bird Rookery Preserve.  Bring your “Fat Tire” bike and ride on old tram roads.  The grass and sand surface is not suitable for “Road Bikes”; Hybrids and mountain bikes only.  Bring water, lunch or snacks.  There will be a 6 mile rute and a 14 mile route.  Public invited, Moderate rating.  RSVP to Chuck 239-398-3820  email  flswampeagle@aol.com  or Betty 239-298-2724 email wilgoson@aol.com

Friday, January 6, 6:30 pm,  ACTIVITY LEADERS MEETING,  at the Bass Pro Shop restaurant.  Please come with your proposals ready.  Questions?  Contact Brenda at bkcscuba@aol.com 

Sunday, January 8, 9 am, Hike Estero Bay Preserve State Park, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, Fl  off US 41 in Estero.  Leisure 2 1/2 to 3 mile walk through scrub and salt marsh viewing gopher tortoise’s, mangroves, fiddler crabs and flowers:  bring water, sunscreen, hat and an extra pair of shoes to change into after the walk as we will be traversing some water and mud. Please arrive 15 minutes early, departure at 9 am.  RSVP JoAnn phone 239-495-7644  email  joannl1960@yahoo.com  or Sharon  239-357-4418  sharonsuhar@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 14, 8:45 am Meet at Ranger Station Fakahatchee Strand.  Trail Maintenance Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  Join us in this unique part of the Everglades to help maintain a 1.5 mile link trail starting at the far NE corner of Janes Scenic Memorial Drive.  We will be cutting/clearing brush with loppers and small hand saws.  Bring gloves, sharpened tools, 2 liters water and lunch.  Wear old pants/long sleeved shirt.  The trail is dry.  Park at ranger station.  We will take ranger vehicle(s) 10 miles up Janes to the trail heat at Gate 18.  Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coastline Dr., Copeland, FL 34137 off of 29. http://www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand    Please RSVP to Debra by email: debraotaylor@comcast.net no later than 48 hrs prior to activity date with a firm commitment.  She will be coordinating vehicle availability.  No cell day of activity.  Carpooling to ranger station: Depending upon participants, we arrange car pooling to the ranger station from Cracker Barrel at the NE corner of Collier and Beck Blvds, exit 101 I-75. S Collier, left at lights Beck, immediate left Tollgate Blvd.  Meet rear of Cracker Barrel to left. Carpool
DEPARTURE time at Cracker Barrel if arranged: 8:00 am.  FTA members only.  Limit 5-10 people pending ranger vehicle availability.  Strenuous.  Leaders: Debra 978-732-6336  debraotaylor@comcast.net and Jean 239-249-8245 jbubwm@gmail.com

Sunday, January 15, 2017.  8:45 am to 12:00 pm.  Hike the Caracara Preserve at CREW’s Cypress Dome Trails.   3980 CR 850 (Corkscrew Road), Immokalee, FL  34142.  Moderate hike of approximately five miles.  Public invited, limit of 12 people.  The Caracara Preserve includes a prairie, marsh wetlands and pine flatwoods.  At this time of year the ditch into Caracara will have a little water in it, but we will probably be able to stay dry by using the stepping stones.  The rest of the trail is expected to be dry.  Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellant and a hat.   Meet at the Cypress Dome trailhead on Corkscrew Road, approximately 14 miles east of I-75 (exit 123).  Look for the brown “CREW  Cypress Dome” sign.   Arrive by 8:45 am, the hike will depart at 9:00 am sharp.

Optional: post-hike lunch at a local restaurant. Learn more about CREW at www.crewtrust.org.  RSVP:   Len @ lenhannas@gmail.com

Thursday, January 19th.  Monthly meeting at the Fireplace Room at Perkins Restaurant and Bakery in Estero.. 20320 Grand Oak Shoppes Drive, Estero, FL    Social: 6:30 PM    Meeting 7:00 PM

Conservancy Volunteer Tim Thompson will give us an update on the Conservancy of Southwest Florida facilities and activities for 2017.  The Conservancy is a wonderful resource for all of us who are interested in the outdoors.  After the presentation, we will have an update on several trail maintenance activities and hikes that we have planned for Lee and Collier counties in the next few months.  We are entering our busiest time of the year and we are excited about our outdoor plans.

Saturday, January 21, 8:45 am Meet at Ranger Station Fakahatchee Strand.  Trail Maintenance Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  Join us in this unique part of the Everglades to help maintain a 1.5 mile link trail starting at the far NE corner of Janes Scenic Memorial Drive.  We will be cutting/clearing brush with loppers and small hand saws.  Bring gloves, sharpened tools, 2 liters water and lunch.  Wear old pants/long sleeved shirt.  The trail is dry.  Park at ranger station.  We will take ranger vehicle(s) 10 miles up Janes to the trail heat at Gate 18.  Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coastline Dr., Copeland, FL 34137 off of 29. http://www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand    Please RSVP to Debra by email: debraotaylor@comcast.net no later than 48 hrs prior to activity date with a firm commitment.  She will be coordinating vehicle availability.  No cell day of activity.  Carpooling to ranger station: Depending upon participants, we arrange car pooling to the ranger station from Cracker Barrel at the NE corner of Collier and Beck Blvds, exit 101 I-75. S Collier, left at lights Beck, immediate left Tollgate Blvd.  Meet rear of Cracker Barrel to left. Carpool
DEPARTURE time at Cracker Barrel if arranged: 8:00 am.  FTA members only.  Limit 5-10 people pending ranger vehicle availability.  Strenuous.  Leaders: Debra 978-732-6336  debraotaylor@comcast.net and Jean 239-249-8245 jbubwm@gmail.com

Sunday, January 22, 4 pm  Hiking Pop Ash Creek Preserve, 9451 Nalle Grade Rd, N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917.  Evening hike around lakes and view of sunset.  Bring water, bug spray, sunglasses.  Public invited, Limit 12 people, Leisure.  RSVP Sharon  239-357-4418   sharonsuhar@yahoo.com 

Saturday, January 28, 8:45 am Meet at Ranger Station Fakahatchee Strand.  Trail Maintenance Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park.  Join us in this unique part of the Everglades to help maintain a 1.5 mile link trail starting at the far NE corner of Janes Scenic Memorial Drive.  We will be cutting/clearing brush with loppers and small hand saws.  Bring gloves, sharpened tools, 2 liters water and lunch.  Wear old pants/long sleeved shirt.  The trail is dry.  Park at ranger station.  We will take ranger vehicle(s) 10 miles up Janes to the trail heat at Gate 18.  Fakahatchee Ranger Station, 137 Coastline Dr., Copeland, FL 34137 off of 29. http://www.floridastateparks.org/fakahatcheestrand    Please RSVP to Debra by email: debraotaylor@comcast.net no later than 48 hrs prior to activity date with a firm commitment.  She will be coordinating vehicle availability.  No cell day of activity.  Carpooling to ranger station: Depending upon participants, we arrange car pooling to the ranger station from Cracker Barrel at the NE corner of Collier and Beck Blvds, exit 101 I-75. S Collier, left at lights Beck, immediate left Tollgate Blvd.  Meet rear of Cracker Barrel to left. Carpool
DEPARTURE time at Cracker Barrel if arranged: 8:00 am.  FTA members only.  Limit 5-10 people pending ranger vehicle availability.  Strenuous.  Leaders: Debra 978-732-6336  debraotaylor@comcast.net and Jean 239-249-8245 jbubwm@gmail.com

Sunday, January 29,  Hike Sabal Palm Trail in Naples.  Meet at 8:45 am, Depart at 9:00 am.  The trailhead is 3.2 miles East of Collier Blvd (CR-951) on Sabal Palm Road in Picayune Strand State Forest.  Look for the trailhead sign on the right.  Lat-Long: 26.095287, -81.634100. Hike 4.2 miles through flat p inewoods with cypress trees in areas that are in a slightly lower elevation.  The trail will pass by a colony of endangered red cockaded woodpecker nests.  Portions of the trail may be wet so hikers should be prepared to get their feet wet.  Wear old tennis shoes or hiking boots. Bring one liter of water, a light lunch or snack, bug spray, sunscreen and a change of dry sock and shoes in your car for the ride home.  Optional:  Hiking stick and binoculars. Contact Carl Kepford at carl@tenthousandislands.net or 239.253.4255.

201702 February Activity Calendar

FEBRUARY 2017

Sunday, February 5, 2017, Meet 9 am at Fakahatchee Stand Ranger Station.  Hike out and back, 5 miles round trip.  Gate 12 to cabin and return.  FTA members only, Limit 6 people, moderate.  RSVP Jean Bub 585-261-8409 or 239-249-8245  email: jbubwm@gmail.com

Monday, February 6, 2017,  Hike Collier Seminole State Park,   Help maintain the loop trail 6.7 miles.  Bring loppers, pruners, small saw.  The west side is very swampy, so wear old clothes and sneakers.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, hat, insect spray.  Moderate difficulty.  Meet at the main entrance to Collier Seminole State Park.  RSVP to Brenda 239-594-0401

Sunday, February 12, 2017,  Hike Collier Seminole State Park,   Help maintain the loop trail 6.7 miles.  Bring loppers, pruners, small saw.  The west side is very swampy, so wear old clothes and sneakers.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, hat, insect spray.  Moderate difficulty.  Meet at the main entrance to Collier Seminole State Park.  RSVP to Brenda 239-594-0401

Saturday, February 18, 2017, 10 AM to 3 PM, Festival in the Woods at Picayune Strand.  Sabal Palm Trailhead, 457 Sabal Palm Road, Naples, FL (3.3 Miles East of Collier Blvd on Sabal Palm Road) Sponsored by the Florida Forest Service.  Many activities including guided hikes by forest service biologists and foresters, lectures, and bicycle tours (all equipment furnished) led by Wes Wilkins, Master Naturalist.  Children’s activities will be available as well.  We will have a booth at this event.  If you can, volunteer for an hour or so at the booth.  For more details about the event, see http://www.freshfromflorida.com/News-Events/Event-Calendar/Recreation/Festival-in-the-Woods-at-Picayune-Strand-Collier-County

Saturday, February 18th, 2017, 5:30 PM to 9:00 PM. CREW Concert and Silent Auction, Riverside Park, Bonita Springs, FL. Come and support the Crew Trust Organization and all they do to preserve critical wetlands in SW Florida.  The band Chain Reaction will be back to recreate the greatest hits of both Journey and Styx.  Silent auction purchases include boat cruises, swamp walks, and other unique natural experiences.  Tickets are $15.00 in advance and $20.00 at the show.  Our chapter will have tickets available.  See Len Shivok for more details.  For up to date information about the event, see

http://www.crewtrust.org/2016/10/28/save-the-date-for-the-crew-concert/

Sunday, February 19, 2017,  Hike Collier Seminole State Park,   Help maintain the loop trail 6.7 miles.  Bring loppers, pruners, small saw.  The west side is very swampy, so wear old clothes and sneakers.  Bring plenty of water, lunch, snacks, hat, insect spray.  Moderate difficulty.  Meet at the main entrance to Collier Seminole State Park.  RSVP to Brenda 239-594-0401

Saturday, February 25  9 am  Hike Caloosahatchee Creek Preserve – East, 10130 Bayshore Rd. N. Ft. Myers, FL 33917  Walk the full East River Loop Trail 3 1/2 – 4 miles.  Bring water, sunscreen, bug spray, hat, sunglasses, snack (shoes may get wet).  Pets permitted in the park on leash.  Public invited, limit 12 people, leisure.  RSVP Sharon 239-357-4418  sharonsuhar@yahoo.com  

Saturday and Sunday,From 8 am, February 25 to 4 PM, Sunday February 26, 2017  Swamp Cabbage Festival, Barron Park, Desoto Avenue, Labelle, FL.  Come visit historic Labelle, enjoy the festivities, and stop by and say hello to members of the Fisheating Creek subchapter of the Florida Trail Association who will have a booth at the event.  Activities include lots of live music, clogging, a parade, a fishing tournament, a 5k run, a car show, a rodeo, river cruises, and a swamp cabbage booting demonstration.  Likely, a hike or bicycle ride or kayak trip sponsored by either our chapter or the Fisheating Creek subchapter will take place nearby.  Stay tuned for more details.  For up to date information about the Swamp Cabbage Festival, see http://labelleswampcabbagefestival.org/

Sunday, February 26, 2017, 8:45 am to noon,   Hike the CREW Wild Coffee TRail at CREW’s Cypress Dome Trails, 3980 CR 850 (Corkscrew Road), Immokalee, FL 34142.  Moderate hike of approximately four miles.  Public invited, limit of 12 people.  Hike through an Oak Hammock, a Pop Ash Slough and see a beautiful Cypress Dome.  At this time of year, a small portion of the trail will be wet and/or muddy.  Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent and a hat.  A walking stick comes in handy in the water.  Meet at the Cypress Dome trailhead on Corkscrew Road, approximately 14 miles east of I-75 (exit 123).  Look for the “CREW Cypress Dome” sign.  Arrive by 8:45 am, the hike will depart at 9:00 am sharp.  Learn more about CREW at www.crewtrust.org.  RSVP: Len at: lenhannas@gmail.com 

201703 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2017

Saturday, March 11, 8:45 am to noon.  Hike CREW Marsh Trails, 4600 CR 850 (Corkscrew Road), Immokalee, FL  34142. Leisure to moderate four mile hike.  Public invited, limit of 12 people.  Hike the Pine Flatwoods, Hammock and Pop Ash Slough trails.  Stop at the Seasonal Pond and Observation Tower to view the 5,000 acre marsh.  At tis time of year, the trails are expected to be dry.  Bring water, sunscreen, bug repelland and a hat.  Meet at the Marsh Trails trailhead on Corkscrew Road, approximately 18 miles east of I-75 (exit 123).  Look for the brown “CREW Marsh Trails” sign (4 miles beyond the brown “CREW Cypress Dome Trails” sign).  Arrive by 8:45 am, the hike will depart at 9:00 am sharp.  Learn more about CREW@ www.crewtrust.org.  RSVP: Len at: lenhannas@gmail.com 

Sunday, March 12, 8:30 am Hike Estero Bay Preserve, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL  off US 41 in Estero.  Leisure hike through scrub flatwoods and muddy salt flats;  observe gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, sea purslane, mangroves, wild flowers and the Estero River.  Wear old sneakers, bring water, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Meet at 8:30 am in parking lot at end of West Broadway.  Directions: I-75 to exit 123 – Corkscrew Road.  Turn onto Corkscrew, drive to light on 41 turn right, take a left turn at next light West Broadway and drive to parking lot.  Public invited. Limit – 12 people.  RSVP: JoAnn   phone 239-495-7644

Saturday, March 18, 9 am to Sunday, March 19, 3 pm.  Bicycling and/or Camping.  Bear Island Campground in Big Cypress National Preserve (GPS Coordinates 26.182746 – 81.247637    Camping and/or off-road cycling.  Drive or bicycle to Bear Island campground.  Cyclists can leave their cars at SR 29 entrance to Big Cypress at GPS Coordinates 26*13’5.65″N, 81*20’40.84″W and bike 6.1 miles to campground over a well-maintained access road.  The activity leader will deliver packs, tents, camping gear and food to campsite if delivered to him before the event.  Drivers need to drive 20 miles north from US 41 on Turner River Road over a dusty dirt road.  After arriving at campsite and setting up tents, cyclists can ride over off-road trails in the preserve.  Campers who are not cyclists can walk around the area and enjoy the scenery.  Public invited, Limit 12 people/12 tents, Moderate difficulty.  RSVP Carl 239-393-2275 carl@tenthousandislands.net  or Chuck 239-398-3820  flswampeagle@aol.com

Saturday, March 25, Guided Hike, The Nancy Payton Preserve, a 75-acrew Conservation Collier property near Golden Gate City.  An approximately 2 mile hike on trails within the Nancy Payton Preserve, Habitats and birds will be the focus.  Public invited.  Limit 15 people.  Moderate difficulty (no restroom or water available on site).  RSVP  Alexandra  239-262-2960  asulecki12@gmail.com

201704 April Activity Calendar

APRIL 2017

Sunday, April 2, 2017,  Guided Hike – Big Cypress National Preserve.  A hike of approximately 2 miles south off US41 into Big Cypress National Park prairies approximately 10 miles east of the intersection of US 41 and SR29.  We will hike the prairies looking for wildflowers.  FTA members only.  Limit 12 people.  Moderate difficulty (no restrooms or water on site.  Parking along 2-lane highway.  RSVP to Alexandra 239-262-2960 or  asulecki12@gmail.com

Friday, April 14, 2017  8 am – 11 am   Bike Ride – Cecil M. Webb Wildlife Management Area.  Bike ride on improved road.  10 mile round trip along Webb Lake.  Stops along the way to look for wildlife and snacks.  Bring water, sunscreen, Bug spray, bike helmet, snack.  $3 day use fee.  FTA members only.  Limit 10 people, leisure.  RSVP  Sharon 239-357-4418   sharonsuhar@yahoo.com 

 

201705 May Activity Calendar

MAY 2017

Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Guided Hike – Railhead Scrub Preserve, a Conservation Collier preserve in North Naples.  An approximately 2 mile hike on trails at the Railhead Scrub Preserve, a Conservation Collier property.  Scrub habitat, wildlife and plants will be the focus.  Public invited.  Limit 12 people, moderate difficulty because of sugar sand, and no restroom or water on site.  RSVP Alexandra  239-262-2960 or asulecki12@gmail.com

 

201706 June Activity Calendar

JUNE 2017

Saturday, June 3, 8:30 am Hike Estero Bay Preserve, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL  off US 41 in Estero.  Leisure hike through scrub flatwoods and muddy salt flats;  observe gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, sea purslane, mangroves, wild flowers and the Estero River.  Wear old sneakers, bring water, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Meet at 8:30 am in parking lot at end of West Broadway.  Directions: I-75 to exit 123 – Corkscrew Road.  Turn onto Corkscrew, drive to light on 41 turn right, take a left turn at next light West Broadway and drive to parking lot.  Public invited. Limit – 12 people.  RSVP: JoAnn   phone 239-495-7644

 

201707 July Activity Calendar

JULY 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017  9 am – 1 pm   Paddleboarding, 490 Hernando Drive, Marco Island, FL 34145.  Paddleboard in secluded lagoon at entrance to Tigertail Beach.  Cost is $45.00 for four hours.  Paddleboards, safety equipment, and instruction provided by vendor.  Restrooms and outdoor restaurant are on site.  Collier County residents (with beach sticker) can park free.  Cars without a Collier County beach sticker will pay an $8.00 parking fee.  This is a great place to learn to paddleboard.  No experience necessary.  The location is sheltered from large waves.  You can paddleboard, then walk over to the gulf beach, then paddleboard some more.  Public invited, limit 20 people moderate difficulty.  Paddleboards provide by vendor.  RSVP  Carl 239-253-4245  carl@tenthousandislands.net   or  Len 239-498-6657  lenhannahs@gmail.com

201710 October Activity Calendar

OCTOBER 2017                                                         

Saturday, October 21, 8:30 am Hike Estero Bay Preserve, 4940 West Broadway, Estero, FL  off US 41 in Estero.  Leisure hike through scrub flatwoods and muddy salt flats;  observe gopher tortoises, fiddler crabs, sea purslane, mangroves, wild flowers and the Estero River.  Wear old sneakers, bring water, sunscreen, hat and a snack. Meet at 8:30 am in parking lot at end of West Broadway.  Directions: I-75 to exit 123 – Corkscrew Road.  Turn onto Corkscrew, drive to light on 41 turn right, take a left turn at next light West Broadway and drive to parking lot.  Public invited. Limit – 12 people.  RSVP: JoAnn   phone 239-495-7644