Calendar Of Events Outdoors
Written by Miami Today on March 11, 2010
Take a hammock hike with a naturalist guide, followed by storytelling and marshmallow roasting around a campfire ring. 7:30-9 p.m. Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135th St., North Miami. $6. RSVP required. Details: (305) 944-6111 or www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/arch’creek.asp.
Stomp through acres of pines, palms, mangroves and tropical hardwoods with a Deering Estate staff member in search of herons, ibises and other birds among the 170 species that inhabit the area. 7:30-10:30 a.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. $5 children. $10 adults. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
Explore a Coconut Grove gem, The Kampong, the sole extension of the National Tropical Botanical Garden’s five-park group in the continental US. See the park’s sausage tree with hanging pendulum-shaped fruits, a 100-year-old baobab from Tanzania and the vibrant magenta blossoms of the pink trumpet tree. Open 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Allow at least an hour to tour the gardens. Last entry at 1 p.m. Additional tour on Wednesday, March 17. The Kampong, 4013 S Douglas Road, Coconut Grove. $5-$15. RSVP required. Details: (305) 442-7169 or www.ntbg.org/gardens/kampong.php.
Beginners and experts alike are invited on a canoe tour to Chicken Key, a seven-acre mangrove island and restored bird rookery one mile off shore. Look out for birds, manatees and sea turtles on this canoe excursion. Bring closed-toe shoes, comfortable clothes, water, a hat and sunscreen. 8-11 a.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. $15 children. $25 adults. Details: (305) 235-1668 or www.deeringestate.org.
Visit one of the largest blocks of pine rocklands, a globally endangered habitat with only 4,000 acres left worldwide, on a naturalist-led tour. Look out for the many endangered plant and animal species that live in the area. 2-3:30 p.m. Deering Estate at Cutler, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., Palmetto Bay. Details: (305) 235-1668 or deeringestate.org.
Tour the waters around the islands of Biscayne Bay from Pelican Island to the Oleta River by night while looking out for herons on this boat tour presented by the Historical Museum of Southern Florida. 6-8 p.m. 1279 NE 79th St. Causeway, Biscayne Bay. $30 members. $35 nonmembers. Details: (305) 375-1621 or www.hmsf.org.