Calendar Of Events Outdoors
Written by Miami Today on September 24, 2009
Join Chris Rollins of Fruit & Spice Park and travel back to simpler days when the Redland was a quiet tropical farming community and visit several pioneer farms. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Fruit & Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. Details: (305) 247-5727 or www.fruitandspicepark.org.
The Deering Estate hosts an evening canoe trip across Biscayne Bay to Chicken Key. 7-11 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. $40. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
WALKING THE ESTATE
Hike 1½ miles through tropical hardwood forests and across one of the last remaining 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.
Join Castellow Hammock Nature Center’s naturalists for a guided night hike to see what creatures lurk in the park at dark. 7-8:30 p.m. 22301 SW 162nd Ave., Aladdin City. $6. Details: (305) 242-7688 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
Join Deering Estate naturalists for a nighttime prowl of the grounds and see what comes out after the sun goes down. 7-9 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 ext. 233 or www.deeringestate.org.
Join AD Barnes Park naturalists for a canoe trip to Indian Key. After exploring the island, take a look underwater at the island’s coral reefs and wildlife. 7 a.m.-5 p.m. AD Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Ludlam. $50. Details: (305) 666-5883 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
ABOVE AND BELOW
Kayak and snorkel the shallow waters of Key Biscayne and explore the protected areas of Bear Cut Preserve where land meets the sea. Participants will encounter tropical fish, spotted eagle rays, sea stars and the coastal birds that all share this fragile environment. 9:30 a.m. Departs from 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $70. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden will open its gates to dogs and their owners during the "Dog Days at Fairchild." The one-day event will include performances by Coral Gables police dogs, a mobile vet and an organic dog treat store. Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables. Details: (305) 667-1651 or www.fairchildgarden.org.
PADDLE THE GABLES
Hop in a canoe and paddle your way through Coral Gables’ waterways to see some of the city’s historic landmarks. 9 a.m.-Noon. Departs AD Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Coral Gables. $33. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures.
ROLLIN" ON A RIVER
Join the Historical Museum of Southern Florida’s Paul George for a tour of the Miami River. See the famous Miami Circle archaeological site as well as the colorful tugboats, Haitian freighters, houseboats and drawbridges that bring life to the river. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Departs from Bayside Marketplace, 401 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. $39 members, $44 others. RSVP required. Details: (305) 375-1621 or www.hmsf.org.
Learn the basics of fishing and wildlife conservation while enjoying the serene Oleta River. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. Details: (305) 944-6111 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
The Bayfront Park Management Trust hosts free weekly yoga classes downtown. 6-7:15 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 9-10:15 a.m. Saturdays. Bayfront Park, 301 N Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Details: (305) 358-7550 or www.bayfrontparkmiami.com.
The Barnacle Historic State Park hosts yoga classes on the bayfront lawn. 6-7:15 p.m. The Barnacle Historic State Park, 3485 Main Hwy., Coconut Grove. $13. Details: (305) 442-6866 or www.floridastateparks.org/TheBarnacle.