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Due to Demand St. Lucie County Adds Additional Hikes for December

Post Date:11/30/2018 8:00 AM

Due to demand, St. Lucie County’s Environmental Resources Department has added two guided paddle tours and another guided hike to its December nature series.

Additional events December include:

  • Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 9 a.m. to noon: Exploring Nature Safely Hike at D.J. Wilcox Preserve, 300 Michigan St., Fort Pierce. Get started on a hiking routine 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.  
  • Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to noon: Kayaking the St. Lucie River at Richard E. Becker Preserve, 3398 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce. Discover one of the wild tributaries of the St. Lucie River by kayak on this guided adventure along 10 Mile Creek. Learn to identify numerous birds, trees and flowers along the way. Kayaks, U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices and paddles provided (you may also bring your equipment if desired). The cost is $10 per person. No online registration, please call 772-462-2526 to reserve your space. Reservations are a must.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 26 from 2 to 5 p.m.: Post Holiday Kayak Excursion at Richard E. Becker Preserve, 3398 Selvitz Road, Fort Pierce. Discover the natural holiday beauty of 10 Mile Creek, while enjoying this Boxing Day kayak adventure. Kayaks, U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices and paddles provided (you may also bring your equipment if desired). The cost is $10 per person. No online registration, please call 772-462-2526 to reserve your space. Reservations are a must.

There are still limited spots available for other guided hikes scheduled throughout December. For more information and to find the link for registration, please visit www.slchikes.org, call 772-462-2526 or email slchikes@stlucieco.org.

Programs are usually limited to 15 people helping to allow participants to immerse themselves into the county’s beautiful natural areas. Programs target ages 12 and older unless otherwise noted.  All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear and water are required for all programs and please leave pets at home.  

Purchased through a voter-approved bond referendum, St. Lucie County manages more than two dozen preserves that are open to the public for passive recreation. For more information about St. Lucie County’s Environmentally Significant Lands visit: www.stlucieco.gov/erd. For a list of all St. Lucie County parks and preserves visit the interactive map at http://gis.stlucieco.gov/parkspreserves.

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