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

New this year, ERD is excited to offer four summer paddles that will immerse participants in the beauty of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River, the peacefulness of Ten Mile Creek, and along the biological rich waters of the Indian River Lagoon. Kayaks, U.S. Coastguard approved flotation devices, and paddles are provided (unless you would like to bring your own equipment).  Paddles programs are for ages 12 & up and all minors must be accompanied by an adult.  The cost is $15 per person.  No online registration, please call (772) 462-2536 to reserve your space. RSVP is a must!


  

All of our Paddles are currently FULL.  If you would to be put on the email list for the fall kayak tours, please call (772) 462-2528.

May & June 2019 Hike Programs

Click HERE to sign up for May & June's Guided Hike Programs

  

Saturday, May 25th – 7:00 am to 9:00 am &

Sunday, June 2nd – 7:00 am to 9:00 am

Ocean Bay Beachside: Turtle Tracks Beach Excursion

Spend a morning at the beach looking for sea turtle tracks from visitations during the preceding hours.  Discover which species of sea turtles have been visiting St. Lucie County’s beaches, how to identify their track patterns, learn about their conservation history, and how these much-beloved reptiles can benefit from the community’s helping hands.

 

Friday, May 31st – 7:00 am to 9:00 am

George LeStrange Preserve: The Dawn Chorus Hike

Enjoy the rising sun while being serenaded by the “dawn chorus,” courtesy of the area’s resident and migrant bird species.  Seasonal flowers and pollinator activity that abounds during the early part of each new day.

Saturday, June 1st – 8:00 am to 10:00 am

Donald B. Moore Heritage Preserve: Hiking 101

Celebrate National Trails Day on an exceptionally beautiful St. Lucie County trail. Learn the ins and outs of hiking, proper trail etiquette, and cool tools that make your trek even more enjoyable. As we hike, we’ll be picking up refuse and learning about Leave-No-Trace principles.

Summer 2019 Guided Kayak Programs

Kayaks, US Coastguard approved personal flotation devices, and paddles provided (you may also bring your equipment if desired). The cost is $15 per person. No online registration, please call (772) 462-2526 to reserve your space. RSVP a must!

 

Monday, June 17th – 8:30 am to 11:00 am

Ten Mile Creek Preserve: Exploring the Headwaters of the North Fork St. Lucie River

Explore the upper reaches of the North Fork on this morning paddling excursion. Watch as the world wakes up along the banks of the beautiful St. Lucie River. Enjoy a scenic paddle along the St. Lucie River, and travel back in time to Old Florida as we explore green riverbanks, birds, insects and listen for nature’s sounds.

 

Saturday, June 22nd – 8:00 am to 10:30 am

Richard E. Becker Preserve: Kayaking the St. Lucie River

Discover one of the wild tributaries of the St. Lucie River by kayak on this guided adventure along Ten Mile Creek. Learn to identify numerous birds, trees, and flowers along the way.

 

Tuesday, July 2nd – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

D.J. Wilcox Preserve: Paddling the Lagoon

Enjoy a leisurely paddle along the brackish water of the Indian River Lagoon. This lagoon basin has an incredible abundance of plants and animals, over 2,000 species of each. The IRL is one of the most biologically diverse estuaries in North America. See how many you can spot!

 

Sunday, July 21st – 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Richard E. Becker Preserve: Lazy Afternoon River Paddle

Explore the upper reaches of the St. Lucie River on this relaxing afternoon paddling excursion and watch the wonders of nature as dusk falls.  

 

Morning River Hike

Free Guided Nature Program

Saturday, May 4th – 7:00 am to 8:30 am

Sweetwater Hammock Preserve: Morning Hike Along the River

Get an early start to the weekend by taking a hike to the banks of the St. Lucie River. Enjoy an eye-opening walk among the live oaks and cabbage palms in this beautiful preserve as the world awakens around you.

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