Calendar Of Events Outdoors
Written by Miami Today on February 25, 2010
Look for native nocturnal creatures on a guided hammock hike, followed by story swapping and marshmallow roasting around a fire ring. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. $6. Details: (305) 944-6111 or www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/arch’creek.asp.
Join naturalist Roger Hammer, author of "Everglades Wildflowers," on a leisurely stroll through Long Pine Key Nature Trail in Everglades National Park focused on native flowers. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Castellow Hammock Park, 22301 SW 162nd Ave., Homestead. $25. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/parks/Parks/castello’hammock.asp.
Pedal along the historic limestone trails of Deering Estate at Cutler and experience South Florida at its purest. Surrounding ecosystems include tropical hardwood hammock and globally endangered rock pinelands. 10 a.m.-noon. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. $20-$25. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
NATURE AT NIGHT
Head to Fruit and Spice Park for a night of activities including a guided tour, a bonfire, stargazing and entertainment. 7-10 p.m. Fruit and Spice Park, 24801 SW 187th Ave., Homestead. $8. Details: (305) 247-5727 or www.fruitandspicepark.org.
Canoe just a mile off shore and you’ll reach Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and restored bird rookery. Explore the island as part of a canoe tour, checking out its sandbars, tidal flats, mangrove forest and more. In addition, you may catch manatees, sea turtles and birds from your canoe. 8 a.m.-11 a.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. $15 children. $25 adults. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
ON THE BOARDWALK
Stroll the Miami Beach boardwalk with Historical Museum of Southern Florida eco-historian Frank Schena and learn about the struggles pioneers endured in settling the once desolate stretch of land. 10 a.m.-noon. Miami Beach boardwalk, Collins Ave. and 21st Street, Miami Beach. $20 members. $25 nonmembers. Reservations suggested. Details: (305) 375-1621 or www.hmsf.org.