Walks and Field Trips

Walks and Field Trips

Upper Little Manatee River , 3190 Saffold Rd, Wimauma, 33598

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 10 am-12:30  pm (day after DST begins, so early start!)

What’s flowering in March!  Well, Fringtrees of course!

“Stalking Chionanthus pygmaeus, the Pygmy Fringtree, in flower”. 

Easy, but wet, walk to look for the Florida endemic and Endangered, Pygmy Fringtree.

Other possible flower sightings include: Styrax americana - American Snowbell and local Lyonia & Vaccinium sp.

Bring dry change of shoes. Expect to get wet.  

We’ll traverse a Fraxinus/Spartina (Pop ash/Cordgrass) wetland on the way in and out.  No boardwalk.

Wear long pants, closed-toe shoes and a hat and bring water, sunscreen and insect repellant.

Call or text Tina Patterson 305-298-6381 or email mablepatterson@hotmail for information.


Fishhawk Creek, North Central Section,

Park near The Goddard School, 14106 Spector Rd, Lithia 33547, or on Circa Fishhawk Blvd

(we will meet on the south side of Fishhawk Blvd by the "Now Open" sign by the school and cross the street to enter the preserve under the powerline)

Saturday, March 23, 2019, 9am - 12 pm

We have never visited this section of the Fishhawk Preserve. We will enter through the fenceline and walk east along the power line right-of-way where the Florida golden aster is growing (not in bloom). We plan to take an old ranch road back to an old Boy Scout camp on Fishhawk Creek. The creek is very close to its junction with the Alafia River at this point is a lovely spot to sit beside an American hornbeam, Carpinus caroliniana, and admire the creek and the eroded roots of a tall pine. 

Expect to see lots of sparkleberry and other species of Vaccinium as well as rusty and shiny Lyonia. Our exact route will depend on the interest and energy of the participants.

Long pants, hat, closed-toe shoes, water and sunscreen are advised. There are no facilities. Snacks are always welcome.  

Leader: Shirley Denton, 813-625-5031

Contact: Tina Patterson , mablepatterson@hotmail.com or 305-298-6381 (text or call)

Please contact one of us for more details if you plan to attend.


Lettuce Lake Native Plant Walks 2019 Schedule

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 in the 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.