Walks and Field Trips

Walks and Field Trips

Camping and Wildflower Stalking, October 25-27
We are planning a fall camping trip to the Citrus Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest.  We plan to camp Friday and Saturday nights at Tillis Hill, October 25 and October 26FNPS members only

To join us on sites that we already have reserved, contact Tina Patterson at at 305-298-6381 or email her at mablepatterson@hotmail.com.  

If you want your own site, we suggest reserving your own site (go to http://ReserveAmerica.com , search for Tillis Hill,  and look for sites with numbers in the mid- to upper 20s.   

Friday and Saturday evenings (members only) We can arrive at Tillis any time after 3:00 pm.  A suggestion is to arrive early enough to get your camp set up  and take a walk in the woods near the campground.  These woods are well managed sandhill. You may meet a Sherman’s fox squirrel on your ramble.  We will have  potluck dinners on both evenings and a speaker (Syd Taylor) on Saturday night.

Saturday, Oct. 26 (open to members and non-members)

Time:  9:00 am Place: Holder Mine parking area 4399 EAST TRAL 10 INVERNESS FL. 34452

Dayhike Activity: We will walk into an area that has a recent burn so wildflowers should be abundant.  We anticipate a colorful array of fall flowers that are attracting butterflies and native bees.  You may also be lucky enough to see a red-cockaded woodpecker. Plan on walking 2-3 miles on a mixture of trails and easy bushwhacking.  It will be dry (no wading).

Sunday, Oct. 27 (open to members and non-members)

Time:  8:30 am Place: Dames Cave parking area,  10701 S LECANTO HWY, LECANTO, FL 34461

Dayhike Activity: We will walk into an area of karst topography.  The area is known for several small caves.  Plan on about 2 miles of easy walking on trails. You can also explore the cave (no light required).  It will be dry (no wading).

For both walks, we recommend a wide-brim hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, close-toed shoes, bug spray, snack/lunch and especially water!

Contact for walks:  Shirley Denton, 813-625-5031, ecotypes@verizon.net


November 23 field trip: Rhodine Scrub Preserve

Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks 2019 Schedule : First Saturday of the Month

Suncoast sponsors native plant walks at Lettuce Lake Park on the first Saturday every month except July, August and December.These walks are designed for park visitors who want to learn about Florida native plants.  We do a slow stroll pointing out the native plants that the park supports.

Walks begin behind Visitor Center at 9 am. After a short presentation, we leave from the native plant garden and walk the trails and boardwalk.

For a pdf of the flyer and schedule, click on the link below.


Tampa Audubon 'Beginning Bird Walks' meet on the second Saturday of each month at Lettuce Lake. Participants meet at 9 am in the parking lot by the Visitor Center. Binoculars are available for loan.

The Native Plant and Bird Walks are free and open to the public although there is a $2 park entrance fee.