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201503 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2015

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:  Representatives from Fakahatchee Strand will discuss maintenance, events and volunteer opportunities.  Social begins at 6:30pm and meeting at 7:00pm. For more information call JoAnn at 239-495-7644

Friday, March 20  8:30am  Bike and Hike, Pine Island, Meet at Winn Dixie, 9864 Stringfellow Rd, St. James City.  Bike on the sidewalk to Galt Preserve, have a hike, then bike to St. James for lunch then bike back to the cars at Winn Dixie.  Public – Yes, Limit 15 people, Moderate.  RSVP Mickey 239-839-3286  hike1962@yahoo.com

Sunday, March 22  11am   Hike Cullum’s Bonita Trail , 27601 Kent Rd, Bonita Springs, FL  (near Bonita Springs  YMCA)  Walk along a tree lined path that crosses the Imperial River several times along pathways and a boardwalk.  Public -  Yes   Limit – 15people    Leisure  RSVP – Brenda Carneri  239-594-0401

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

Saturday-Sunday, April 4-5   4:30pm   Overnight campout and hike, Okaloacoochee Slough State Forest, 6265 CR 832, Felda, FL.   Full moon hike, camp and breakfast over a campfire.  $10/tent, no reservations taken at site.  FTA members only, limit – 10 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

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.

Monday, April 13  8am  Maintenance Hike Prairie Pines Preserve, 18400 N. Tamiami Trail, North Fort Myers, FL 233903.  Activity – General trail maintenance and trail marking.  Public – NO, Limit 10 people, Moderate. RSVP Mickey 239-229-0522  mcmiller@leegov.com

Thursday, April 16  Alligator Amblers Monthly Meeting at Bass Pro Shops (conference room 2nd floor), 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

201505 May Activity Calendar

MAY 2015

Saturday, May 9  9am  Museum and beach, Sanibel Historical Museum, 950 Dunlop Rd, Sanibel, FL. Walk through Sanibel Historical museum, then a trip to the beach for some shelling, swimming and lunch.  $10 admission to museum, money for toll and parking.  Public – YES, limit – 20 people, leisure.  RSVP -Bonnie 239-765-5450

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

Saturday, June 20  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

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.

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

 

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