2024 Field Trips

We attempt to have trips for all ability levels. If you have a suggestion please contact fnpsthevillages@gmail.com

Lyonia Scrub Jay Preserve  |  Paynes Prairie  |  Green Isle Gardens 
 Bok Towers  |  Tiger Creek Preserve

NOTE: Sign-up sheets will be available at our regular meeting on the 2nd Friday of the month (Meeting Dates). You need to be a member to join our trips as required by the state organization. FNPS membership forms and dues are accepted at the meeting or you can join online at www.fnps.org.
 

Lyonia Preserve

Date:  Feb 29, 2024
Location: 2150 Eustace Ave Deltona
Florida Scrub JayThis trip is to a Scrub Jay habitat in Deltona.  We are going around the preserve on a tram.  This is a native plant habitat suited to the scrub jays, and if you have never seen one they are very friendly and curious birds who have been known to get very close to people and even land on them on rare occasions.   They are endemic to Florida.   The preserve is being restored with native plants so the scrub jays have a place to live.   

The Florida Scrub Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) is a striking and endemic bird species found exclusively in the scrub habitats of Florida, United States. Recognized for its vibrant blue plumage, these social birds live in cooperative family groups and exhibit a complex social structure. Their preferred habitat consists of open scrublands with sandy soils, where they forage for acorns, insects, and small vertebrates. Unfortunately, the Florida Scrub Jay faces threats such as habitat loss due to urbanization and fire suppression, making conservation efforts crucial for the survival of this charismatic and unique bird species. How to Identify the Florida Scrub Jay

Some want to make the scrub jay The Florida State Bird. Read why at Wild Southern Florida.

Scrub Plants of the Preserve

Green Isle Gardens

Date: Thursday, March 14, 2024
Time: 9:30 am - Meet at Green Isle, Carpooling will be arranged if desired.
Location: Green Island Gardens, 11303 SR-33, Groveland, FL 34736 (approx. 45 mins.)
Optional Lunch:  To be decided by passengers if carpooling
Video Tourhttps://youtu.be/BZvdbo6NQMs?si=pL7ZCSDeMr6OAERz
Trip ContactFNPSthevillages@gmail.com  

Green Isle Gardens

Green Isle Gardens, Florida Native Plant Nursery in Groveland, FL offers a large display of Florida natives labeled and priced.  They can help you find the plant you want. There will be a half-hour talk on the nursery and its plants.  FNPS Members receive a discount of 10% on all plants and books.   Sign up at the meeting or email FNPSthevillages@gmail.com with the subject line "Green Isle Garden Field Trip" with your name, phone number, email, and the name of the Village where you live.

Paynes Prairie Sinkhole 

Date: Tuesday,  March 24, 2024
Location:  Paynes Prairie State Park, just south of Gainsville
Car Pool: 8:30 a.m. Eisenhower Regional Recreation Center, at the south end of the parking lot near Buena Vista.
Driving Directions: 100 Savannah Blvd, Micanopy, FL 32667
Google Directions
Lunch: Micanopy (optional)
Sign Up: At the meeting or call Pam Powell at 352 750 2420 (NO TEXTS)
Cost: Florida State Parks Entrance Fee or Annual Pass
$6 per vehicle (two to eight people).
$4 single-occupant vehicle.

This is a walk on a two-mile loop in the sinkhole area only open to the public with a ranger leading the trip.  Because of the conditions - the trail is sandy, uneven, and up and down - there will be a second ranger who will take those who do not want to walk the whole 2 miles back in a separate group.  The trip will be led by Kevin Patton who is the head ranger. Those of you who were on the last trip to Paynes will remember him. Close-toed shoes are recommended.

For those who have never been to Micanopy (which is on the way back for lunch), there are places to eat lunch and it is on the must-see list for Florida.  We will make sure that the carpooling is arranged so that the people stopping in Micanopy for lunch are in the same cars.

Paynes Prairie

More Photos

Bok Towers Bus Trip

DATE: Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Details

Tiger Creek Preserve

Date: TBA 2nd week in April
Locationhttps://www.nature.org/en-us/get-involved/how-to-help/places-we-protect/tiger-creek-preserve/

Sign Up: At the meeting or call Pam Powell at 352 750 2420 (NO TEXTS)

This trip will be during the second week in April.  I do not have a date yet from the manager of the preserve.  When I have a date, information on the trip will be posted.  This is a Nature Conservancy Preserve and a very special place.  The trip will be led by the Preserve manager and is limited to 15 because it is on a very large swamp buggy that only seats 15.  The buggy is about 10 feet off the ground and you have to climb up to get to the seating. These Trips Have Been Completed

Complete Trips 2024

Silver River Canoe Trip

Silver River Canoe Trip

canceled

Date: Feb 05, 2024
Carpool: Paradise Recreation Center at 8:15 from the parking lot next to the fire station.
Driving Directions: If you don't want to carpool, meet at 9 a.m. at Silver Springs State Park by the glass bottom boat tours. Google Directions
Lunch: Optional, Ocala ???
Cost: $65 per person for the outfitter, $8 entrance fee per car
Sign Up: At the meeting or call Pam Powell at 352 750 2420 (NO TEXTS)
Outfitter:  Lars Andersen, 386 497 4214, adventureoutpost.net, email: riverguide 2000@yahoo.com   Lunch somewhere in Ocala for those who wish.   

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