Field Trips


Fields Trips

Free and open to the public.
Please call (407) 302-7616 for reservations.
(in case we need to change the schedule or location)


August 19, 2017 – “Foraging for Edible Florida Native Plants” – Leader – Stacy Madrazzo
9am, 747 Machette Trail, Oakland, Oakland Nature Preserve.   Stacey Madrazzo will lead us through Oakland Nature Preserve on a foraging trip for tasty edible native plants.  Free.  Reservations. 407 302-7616.

September 16, 2017 – Native Trees Up Close – Trip Leader: Dr Bill Grey
9am, 598 Guise Rd, Osteen.  We will venture to Hickory Bluff Preserve located just east of Osteen.  The 150 acre preserve overlooks the St Johns River and contains a variety of natural communities including mesic and scrubby flatwoods, oak hammock, cypress domes, floodplain swamp, and wet prairie.  This preserve is home to many vegetative communities, hence lots of tree species.  Free.  Reservations.  407 302-7616.

October 14, 2017 – The Bug Closet at UCF – Trip Leader Shawn Kelly
Time TBD.  UCF, 4000 Central Florida Blvd, Bldg. 20, BIO301, Orlando.  UCF Bug Closet is one of the largest completely databased collections in the world with over 560,000 specimen records for insects and other arthropods with more being added daily.  It started in 1993 when Stuart Fullerton, a research associate, decided to create a more formal research collection.  Along with many undergraduate volunteers they began collecting insects on UCF campus focusing on major micro eco-zones defined by vegetation representative of native Central Florida eco-systems.  Collections Manger, Shawn Kelly, will lead us through this amazing world of local insects.

November 18, 2017 – Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive – Trip Leader – Beth Jackson
9am. Meet at Magnolia Park, 2929 S. Binion Rd. Apopka.  We will caravan along the Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive, a one-way 11-mile drive beginning at Lust Road and ending on Jones Road.  We will stop along the way into “pull over” areas to observe and discuss what we see.  The former farmlands that make up the Lake Apopka North Shore includes marsh and floodplain restoration and the creation of a marsh flow-way that filters Lake Apopka’s waters by circulating lake water through restored wetlands, returning cleaner water to the lake. The wildlife drive is along a portion of the former farm fields. After our drive, we can return to picnic at Magnolia Park.  Free. Reservations.  407 302-7616.

December 16, 2017
No field trip.

January, 2018 – “Remove Invasive Plants Event”
Date and location to be determined.  Join in this community activity to make a difference in our natural lands.  Free.  407 302-7616.


Published on  19.07.2017