Join us on Wednesday, December 19 from 9:00 am – 11:00 am, for the guided trail walk at the River-to-Sea Preserve. Step into the ancient Florida coastal woodlands along the preserve trail and learn how Native Americans once thrived there on nature’s bounty. Your GTM Research Reserve interpretive guide will point out indigenous plants along the trail that leads to the Matanzas River where the mangroves grow. There is a lot to see and learn on this enlightening trail walk.
You will meet your trail guide at the GTM Field Office, at 9741 Ocean Shore Blvd, Palm Coast, FL 32137 United States. Look for a “Research Reserve” event sign in the ground at the proper place to turn. Designated parking is within the lot located in front of the field office building.
- Do I need a reservation to attend? Yes, please register online by following the links provided above.
- If I can’t make it, how do I cancel my reservation? There is a link for cancellation within the confirmation email you received when signing up. We highly encourage attendees cancel their reservation, so that it can open availability for other hikers that want to attend the hike.
- What should I wear? Please wear clothing that is appropriate for outdoors. It’s always recommended to dress in layers and prepare for any type of weather. We strongly encourage that you wear closed-toe shoes, and strongly discourage wearing flip-flops.
- How long is the walk? Round trip, the walk is just under one mile long and takes about an hour and a half.
- Can I bring my dog? You are welcome to bring a dog. Please keep in mind that all dogs must remain on a leash, and the owner is responsible to clean up after them. Please be mindful of other visitors when bringing a dog.
- What should I bring? Please bring a reusable water bottle. You will be able to refill it at the Field Office before or after the trail walk. We strongly recommend insect repellent and sunscreen. Binoculars/camera are great to bring, as well!
- Where should I meet my guide? Your guide will be waiting for you at the GTM Marineland Field Office located at 9741 N Oceanshore Blvd, Marineland Florida. The event begins at 9:00 a.m.
- What will I learn from this? See the changes wrought by Hurricane Matthew. Then, step into the ancient Florida coastal woodlands along the preserve trail and learn how Native Americans once thrived there on nature’s bounty. Your GTM Research Reserve interpretive guide will point out indigenous plants bordering the trail to the Matanzas River where the mangroves grow.
- Are there any fees? No.
- Is there anything else to see afterwards? You’re welcome to further explore the pathways yourself, or venture across the street to the beautiful beach. If you head further south you’ll find Washington Oaks Gardens State Park (CLICK HERE to learn more).