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St. Lucie County’ Environmental Resources Department is proud to offer educational programming on its publicly owned lands. These programs are FREE, unless otherwise specified and open to the public.  Programs are usually limited to 20 people to allow participants to immerse themselves into the County’s beautiful wild areas, and reservations are required. Programs target ages 12 and up unless  otherwise noted.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.  We hope you’ll join us!

Guided Nature Programs are offered week days, weekends and some evenings, it is a fun and safe opportunity to explore the local preserves.  Each program presents a new topic from critters like owls, local history, native plants, tracking and scat ID to how to become an environmental steward and almost everything in-between. 

For more information or difficulty signing up online, please call (772) 462-2526 or email


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October 2017 Programs

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Exploring Nature Safely Hike at Indrio Savannahs Preserve

Thursday, October 19th – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Start our hike season with some good basic knowledge of how to hike safely and ethically in Florida’s ever changing weather and what to do if or when you encounter the preserve’s many interesting critters.  Along the way we’ll learn about some the native plants on site including which ones to avoid. 


What’s Blooming Hike at Spruce Bluff Preserve

Friday, October 20th – 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Discover why the early Spanish explorers named Florida the “land of flowers” as we take 1.25-mile hike on the AIS Trail in search of native flowers and to see what floral “fall” colors are popping.   This hike winds participants through mixed upland and wetland plant habitats. 


Nature Detectives Tracking Hike for Families at Walton Scrub Preserve

Sunday, October 22nd -- 10:00 am to 11:30 am

Become a nature detective by learning how to use animal signs of life (tracks, scat, fur, feather and bone) to see which critters are visiting and living within the Preserve. Be sure to bring your camera, a magnifying glass or any other detective tools you might need for this hands-on adventure.  All are welcome but this hike is most appropriate for families with children ages 5 & up.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.


Birding for Beginners Hike at George LeStrange Preserve

Wednesday, October 25th -- 8:30 am to 10:30 am

Enjoy a leisurely 1 mile walk around this preserve’s beautiful lake as we learn how to observe many Florida birds.  Learn how to identify gallinules, coots, grebes, ibis and black vultures, we’ll keep our eyes open to see if we can also spot bald eagles, flickers, and red-bellied woodpeckers.  Please feel free to bring your binoculars and/ or field guides if you have them.


Florida Scrub-jay Hike at Sheraton Scrub Preserve

Thursday, October 26th -- 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Experience a rare opportunity to see one very special avian resident, the Florida Scrub-jay!  This iconic bird, listed by state officials as Threatened, is Florida's only endemic bird - it's found nowhere else in world but here.   Along the way we will be looking for autumn flowers in this 33-acre preserve which is a green oasis featuring deceptively short scrub oak, towering slash pines, and the Florida Scrub-jay


High and Dry High Scrub Hike at Gordy Road Recreation Area

Saturday, October 28th -- 9:00 am to 11:00 am

Like previous hurricanes, Irma left her mark on Florida as well.  We'll hike the scrub, examining how wind and water affected wild plant life, and then transition to the bottomland trails to learn more about how water action carved new paths, moved plants and animals, and affected the riparian landscape. 


Creepy Creatures Family Hike at Oxbow Eco-Center Preserve

Sunday, October 29 -- 10:00am to 11:30 am

Around Halloween our fascination with ‘creepy creatures’ grows; let’s explore their native homes and what makes them so interesting. This preserve is home to many nocturnal animals but also some we’ll have the chance to see during the day.  All are welcome but this hike is most appropriate for families with children ages 5 & up.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult.


Spook-tacular Shapeshifters Night Hike at George LeStrange Preserve

Tuesday, October 31st -- 6:30pm to 8:30 pm

Night-time sounds have both fascinated and scared humans over the ages.  Animals rustling in the bushes and calling in the darkness will be our Halloween treat as we watch and listen for nocturnal wildlife activity at this fabulous lake-view preview.  We'll be listening for a variety of birds, amphibians, insects and mammals as the sun sets and reveals its tricks and treats! 


Please note Hike Leader phone numbers are private and may only be used to contact that individual during the hike time-frame.  Thank you for your consideration.

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