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!
October 2019 Hike Programs
Click HERE to sign up for October's Guided Hike Programs
Sunday, October 13th – 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Sunset to Moonrise Hike at Steven J. Fousek Preserve
Watch the sunset and the moonrise on the beautiful hammocks and wetlands. As darkness falls on the preserve, nocturnal animals venture out for a night of hunting and adventure.
Wednesday, October 16th – 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Twice as Nice Lake Hike at George LeStrange Preserve
This beautiful lake-view hike is so nice; we’ll do it twice. Each trip around the lake is a mile in length, and this fitness hike will ensure you get your steps in for the day. Along the way, we’ll also look at the different plant communities that call this preserve home.
Saturday, October 19th – 8:30 am to 10:00 am
Hurricane Disaster Relief for Birds Hike at Ocean Bay Preserve
Learn about the post-Dorian conditions at this beach preserve, what is expected after a major storm, and how to help birds facing future Florida hurricanes. We relate beach and coastal hammock conditions to other peninsula habitats, preparing hikers to observe and assist local birdlife before, during, and after a habitat-altering storm.
Sunday, October 20th – 9:00 am to 11:30 am
The 2 for 1 Fitness Hike at Indrio Scrub & D.J. Wilcox Preserves
We'll start by hiking a short loop around Indrio Scrub with an option to also walk the inner loop at D.J. Wilcox Preserve. Participants can participate in one or both portions of this adventure. The total length of this hike will be less than 3 miles.
Saturday, October 26th – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Ultra-violet Vision: Colors through Animal Eyes Night Hike at Walton Scrub Preserve
Humans have excellent eyesight, but other animals can see things we cannot. Learn about light waves perceived by animal eyes and 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.
Monday, October 28th – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Adventure into the Hidden Oxbows Kayak Tour at White City Park to Oxbow Preserve
Explore the history and beauty of the North Fork of the St. Lucie River through the hidden oxbows that were once part of the River’s historical flow-ways. Be sure to bring your lunch for a scenic picnic along the water’s edge. Appropriate for ages 14 & up. Kayaks, US Coastguard approved personal flotation devices, and paddles provided (you may also bring your own equipment if desired). The cost is $15 per person. No online registration, please call (772) 462-2526 to reserve your space. RSVP a must!
Thursday, October 31st – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Spook-tacular Shapeshifters Night Hike at Citrus Hammock Preserve
Nighttime 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 at this fabulous preserve with an active pond. Calling birds, amphibians, insects, and mammals will greet us, revealing the site’s tricks and treats!
8:00 AMFire and Rain Hike
9:00 AMFire and Rain Hike
7:00 PMFull Moon Night Hike
3:30 PMScrub Specialists Hike