Put on your sunscreen, lace up those Nikes and walk until your heart is pounding. St. Lucie County is offering free guided hiking tours this April, giving participants the opportunity to learn about native habitats and wildlife. The hikes will take place at several parks in St. Lucie County.
Guide: April 1 - 10 a.m. to noon: How Nature Can Fool Us Hike for Families
- What better way to celebrate April Fool’s Day by getting outside and discovering how nature tricks us every day. You’ll investigate nature with binoculars and magnifiers to see camouflage, nests, patterns and wildlife.
Guide: April 6 - 8 to 10:30 a.m.: Discovering Ethnobotany Hike
Learn how early Florida natives lived and what plants they used to build shelter.
Guide: April 8 - 8 to 10 a.m.: Historical Hammock Hike
Shady hammock morning hike. Discover why elevated tree islands are important to the ecosystem. The trail goes through live oaks and old cabbage palms.
Guide: April 8 - 7 to 9 p.m.: Nocturnal Neighbors Night Hike Part 5
A nocturnal hike through ranch lands and citrus grove-turned natural areas. Look out for owl species and several silent flyers.
Guide: April 9 - 6:30 to 8 a.m.: Sunrise Hike
- Have a beach sunrise morning followed by a one-mile beach hike through a mature beach dune system. You’ll learn about coastal systems and changing environments.
Guide: April 16 - 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Plant ID Night Hike
- Check out interesting plants and organisms that live in both freshwater and lagoon habitat.
Guide: April 20 - 9 to 11 a.m.: Wrack-line Investigation and Beach Clean Up
- See the effects of the changing tides on the sandy beach. This short hike honors Earth Day and teaches tourists how to clean their beaches.
Guide: April 22 - 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.: River Clean-up Kayak Excursion
- Participate in a clean-up by kayak. The tour will provide kayaks or bring your own. Pack your lunch for a picnic afterwards.
Guide: April 22 - 5 to 8 p.m. Moonshine Hike
- Hike the trails of the preserve during the evening and learn about the early Florida moonshiners, as well as the specific history of distillation of liquor at Bluefield Preserve.
Guide: April 23 - 9 to 11 a.m.: What’s Blooming Hike
- On this 1.25-mile hike on the AIS Trail you will search for native wildflowers and find out why Florida was name ‘the land of flowers.’ Expect mixed upland and wetland plant communities.
Guide: April 28 - 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.: Historic Trees Hike
- Check out massive Florida trees. You’ll see the “Three Sisters,” Slash Pines, a small pond, a nature trail, and small meadow area.
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Guide: April 28 - 7 to 9 p.m.: Black-Light Night Hike, Part 4
- Enjoy a nighttime hike through the preserve. Keep an eye out for owls, nighthawks and plants that glow in the dark under a naturalist’s black-light. Learn how and why organisms change colors during the day and night.
For more information:
Registration: Sign up for free guided hikes here.
Good to know:
Proper footwear and water are required for all programs.
Leave pets at home.
Bring sunblock and bug repellent
All minors must be accompanied by a parent.