201702 February Activity Calendar

FEBRUARY 2017

Sunday, February 5,  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,   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,  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

Thursday, February 16,   Monthly Alligator Amblers Meeting   Social: 6:30 PM    Meeting 7:00 PM    New Meeting Location:  Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.   Our speaker will be Meredith Barnard, a policy analyst at the Conservancy of Southwest Florida.  She will address Inappropriate Oil Extraction in Florida: Looking Back and Looking Ahead.

Saturday, February 18, 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 18 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, 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 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,  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 

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