Calendar Of Events Outdoors
Written by Miami Today on December 4, 2008
Arch Creek trail tours and Oleta River canoe trips. 10-11 a.m. for trail tours. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for canoe trips. Meet at 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. RSVP required. $3 trail tour; $25 adult, $15 child canoe trip. Details: (305) 944-6111.
Deering Estate staff members host a tour of Charles Deering’s decades-old home and hotel. 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Daily. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Free with park admission. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
WALKING THE ESTATE
Join the Deering Estate’s staff for a one-and-a-half-mile hike through tropical hardwood forests and across one of the last existing Tequesta Indian Burial Mounds. 12:30 p.m. Daily. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Free with park admission. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
Greynolds Parks hosts an evening to learn about the lives of these rarely seen animals. An owl walk through the last bit of refuge for this once abundant bird of prey will follow the lecture. 7:30-9 p.m. Greynolds Park, 17530 W Dixie Hwy., North Miami. $5. Details: (305) 949-1741 or www.miamidade.gov/Parks/Parks/greynolds.asp.
Miami-Dade County hosts 5k and 10k runs to promote health and fitness. 6:30 a.m. Tropical Park Stadium, 7900 SW 40th St., Westchester. Registration by Nov. 26. Details: (786) 315-5225 or www.miamidade.gov.
Take a walk through the Miami Metro Zoo while burning off the calories from Thanksgiving. Upon arrival at the zoo, you’ll be given a chart that tells how many calories are in each item of a typical Thanksgiving meal. Starting at the entrance gates, the zoo will be marked with mile, half-and-quarter-mile markers so you can keep track of the miles and calories burned. 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Miami Metro Zoo, 12400 SW 152nd St., Richmond Heights. Details: (305) 251-0400 or www.miamimetrozoo.com.
Get down and dirty while helping to restore parks and natural areas. Join county naturalists as they remove weeds and invasive plant species while planting indigenous ones. 9 a.m.-Noon. Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 944-6111 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
Registered Arabians, hunters, jumpers, Western style, Paso Finos and other breeds strut their stuff and pick up valuable show ribbons and trophies. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Tropical Park Equestrian Center, 7900 SW 40 St., Ludlam. Details: (305) 226-8316 or www.miamidade.gov/Parks/Parks/equestrian.asp.
The Deering Estate hosts a holiday wonderland where visitors can tour the historic houses as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations created by the District XII Garden Clubs, the University of Florida’s Miami-Dade Extension and the International Ikebana Society. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Ends Dec. 31. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Free with admission. Details: (305) 235-1668 ext. 233 or www.deeringestate.org.
Join Castellow Hammock Nature Center’s naturalists for a guided night hike to see what creatures lurk in the park at night. 7-8:30 p.m. Castellow Hammock Nature Center, 22301 SW 162nd Ave., Aladdin City. $6. Details: (305) 242-7688 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
As part of the Deering Estate’s monthly lecture series Laura Vazquez, coordinator for Florida Yards and Neighbors, will discuss common landscaping mistakes and what plants thrive in Florida’s climate. 7-8 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.