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 older, 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.
October 2018 Programs
Floodplain Forest Hike at Citrus Hammock Preserve
Sunday, October 21st – 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Our hike season starts by exploring the hidden beauty of Citrus Hammock Preserve, one of St. Lucie County’s newest preserves. Participants will meander along the half-mile trail winding their way past large moss covered oaks and ancient slash pine trees to gain a glimpse of a historic floodplain that lies nestled alongside the North Fork of the St. Lucie River.
Florida’s Fall Wildflowers Hike at Indrio Savannahs Preserve
Wednesday, October 24th – 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Autumn blooms of gold, purple and white beautify trails of this preserve. We’ll hike over 3 miles to enjoy the healthy benefits of being in nature while also being wowed by its beauty. Along the way, we’ll see a number of unique species found within this wonderful preserve.
Morning River Kayak Excursion at Richard E. Becker Preserve
Thursday, October 25th – 8:30 am to 11:00 am
Start your day on the St. Lucie River discovering its abundant wildlife and scenic views that take you back in time. Enjoy learning some local history including how natives & pioneers used this waterway in their daily lives and what we can do to protect it for future generations. Kayaks, US Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices, and paddles provided (you may also provide your own equipment if desired). The cost is $10 per person. No online registration, please call (772) 462-2526 to reserve your space. RSVP a must!
Amazing Avian Adaptations Hike at Sheraton Scrub Preserve
Friday, October 26th – 7:30 am to 9:30 am
Birds come in all sizes and colors and their unique traits are what help them survive and thrive in this particular environment. We’ll spot some of these amazing avian adaptations in action as we meander along the site’s upland and wetland habitats.
Restoration in Progress Hike at Steven J. Fousek (Teague Hammock) Preserve
Saturday, October 27th – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Although time travel isn’t possible, land managers have the tools to help turn back the clock on a preserve. Find out about how tools like prescribed fire, invasive species removal and water can create healthy habitats as we hike the trails of Teague Hammock and explore restoration in progress.
Sunrise Hike at Ocean Bay Preserve
Sunday, October 28th – 7:00 am to 8:30 am
There’s no better way to start the day than to watch as the world wakes up around you. Take a brief tour through the sandy dune habitats as we make our way to watch a peaceful sunrise along a beautiful ocean vista. Feel free to bring your camera, binoculars, or just enjoy the moment without extra technology.
Spook-tacular Shapeshifters Night Hike at Spruce Bluff Preserve
Wednesday, October 31st – 6:30 pm 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. We’ll be listening for a variety of birds, amphibians, insects and mammals as the setting sun reveals the preserve’s tricks and treats!
November 2018 Programs
Ultra-violet Vision: Colors Through Animal Eyes Night Hike at Ancient Oaks Preserve
Saturday, November 3rd – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Humans have great eyesight, but other animals can see things we cannot. Find out more about how light waves are perceived by animal eyes, and learn about the importance of color in nature. During this night hike, we will be using ultraviolet lights to see a “new side” of plants, insects, and more.
Pollen Loving Insects Family Hike
St. Lucie County's Guided Nature Programs
- Date: 02/18/2018 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
- Location: Sweetwater Hammock Preserve
4100 South 25th Street
Fort Pierce, Florida 34981
Sunday, February 18th, 2018; 10:00 am to 11:30 am
Sweetwater Hammock Preserve: Pollen Loving Insects Family Hike
Pollen and nectar make the world go-around for many tiny critters. Together we’ll search for some of nature’s most important bugs and discover some of the cool and fun facts about these pint-sized heroes. This small preserve offers a short 1/4-mile trail which is great for kids. All are welcome but this hike is most appropriate for families with children ages 5 & up. All minors must be accompanied by an adult.