201803 March Activity Calendar

MARCH 2018

Friday, March 2 at 5 pm – Monday, March 5 at 3 pm.  Hike the Florida National Scenic Trail from Oasis Visitor Center on Rte 41 to exit 63 on I-75.  Oasis Visitor center is located at 52105 Tamiami Trail E., Ochopee, FL 34141.   Description:  Backpack the Florida National Scenic Trail 30 miles from the Oasis Visitor Center on Rte 41 to Exit 63 on I-75.  Hikers will camp in two places along the way.  The trail will require wading in places and will be soggy in others.  Hikers should be prepared to wade carefully in certain areas because of holes in limestone and hidden cypress knees.  On Friday, March 2, we will arrange for parking vehicles at the I-75 parking lot for the drive home at the conclusion of the hike.  On Saturday, March 3, we will leave the Oasis visitor center at 9 am.  Hikers should be prepared to carry four liters of water and water filtration and purification gear in addition to their backpack, tent or hammock, sleeping bag and food.  Trekking pole(s) or walking stick recommended for maintaining balance while wading.

Turkey hunters will be using other areas of Big Cypress Preserve this weekend.  We recommend that you wear one item of orange clothing.

Public invited, but first preference given to existing FTA members.  Advertised to public but hikers must be certified capable of this event by the Activity Leaders and be an FTA member at the start of the hike.  Limit: 8 people.  This hike is very strenuous.

RSVP:  Carl at 239-253-4255  email: carl@tenthousandislands.net   or  Donna 239-850-6416  email: dhhiker13@yahoo.com

Saturday, March 10, 8:30 am.   Swamp Buggy ride and Alligator show.  Wooten’s Everglades Swampbuggy rides, 32330 Tammiami Trail E. Ochopee, FL.  Activity Description:  See the natural beauty of a cypress forest and possible sightings of wild animals of the region.  Participants meet at the picnic tables in front of the gift shop at 8:30 am.  Cost of the buggy ride is $22.00 per person and includes Alligator show.  Parking and ticket purchasing is on the south side of Tamiami Trail, buggy ride is on the north side of US41.  Everyone will cross the street as a group.  Public invitied.  Leisure rating.  RSVP to Sharon at 239-357-4418   sharonsuhar@yahoo.com
FTA Members Only hike will follow the event at Wooten’s.  If you are interested please RSVP by March 7. 

Thursday, March 15, Alligator Amblers monthly meeting  at Christus Victor Lutheran Church, 15600 Tamiami Trail North, Naples, FL 34110.  Social gathering 6:30 pm, meeting starts promptly at 7:00 pm.  The speaker will be Jason Boeckman, the Coordinator for  Lee County’s Conservation 20/20 Program.  He will speak about that program and hiking trails in Lee County.

Saturday, March 17,  Hike.  9am.  Caloosahatchee Creek Preserve East, 10130 Bayshore Rd., N. Ft Myers, FL 33917.   Hiking on a boardwalk and grassy trail.  3 1/2 – 4 miles.  Bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, hat and sanck.  Shoes might get wet, so bring another pair.  Dogs permitted in park on a leash.  Public invited. Limit 12 people.  Leisure rating.  RSVP to Sharon at 239-357-4418 or sharonsuhar@yahoo.com 
Sunday, March 25,  3.5 Mile Hike,  9am.  CREW Cypress Dome trails at 3980 Corkscrew Rd., Immokalee, FL 34142.  Directions: From I-75 and Corkscrew Rd. go east on Corkscrew Rd for 14 miles to trailhead on the right.  Watch for the signs.  Description: The Wild Coffee Trail has the most spectacular scenery and vegetation in this area and winds through pine forest, oak hammock and into a seasonally wet ecosystem called a popash slough.  Part of this trail is usually wet but is now completely dry.  Be observant here – there is so much to see and hear: barred owls, swallow-tailed kites, ferns, mosses, oaks, graceful palms and amazing mushrooms.  Toilet available at the beginning of the hike.  Bring lots of water.  Public is invited.  Limit of 20 people.  Leisure hike.  RSVP to Larry 540-686-6000 or email: larrykruhm@gmail.com  or Brenda at 239-594-0401