Calendar Of Events Outdoors
Written by Miami Today on December 15, 2011
Explore North Miami’s Greynolds Park, Miami-Dade County’s second-oldest park, with a naturalist guide describing the area’s flora, fauna and history. 9 a.m. Greynolds Park, 17530 W Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach. $3. Reservations recommended. Details: (305) 949-1741 or www.miamidade.gov/parks/parks/greynolds.asp.
KAYAK THE KEY
Happen upon great blue herons, upside down jellyfish and spotted eagle rays by kayak on a guided tour of the forgotten natural side of Key Biscayne. 1:30-4 p.m. Crandon Park Visitors and Nature Center, 6767 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $44. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
Explore Key Biscayne on a three-hour, 10-mile guided bicycle tour. Highlights include views of Stiltsville, white-sand beaches facing the open ocean, the remote lighthouse outpost, which is one of Miami-Dade County’s oldest structures, and the quiet beauty of Biscayne Nature Center. 9:30 a.m. Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park, 1200 Crandon Blvd., Key Biscayne. $65. Details: (305) 774-9019 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.dragonflyexpeditions.com.
Miami Beach Botanical Garden hosts Botanical Bazaar, featuring works from 20 artists and crafters of handcrafted artworks, jewelry, scarves, knitted and quilted clothing, home accessories, stocking stuffers, photos, orchids and seasonal plants. Five food trucks, live music and libations add to the festivities. Noon-4 p.m. Miami Beach Botanical Garden, 2000 Convention Center Drive, Miami Beach. Free to attend. Details: www.mbgarden.org.
PADDLE THE GABLES
Take in The City Beautiful’s memorable sites by water on a Historic Coral Gables Waterway Canoe Adventure. 9 a.m.-noon. A.D. Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72nd Ave., Coral Terrace. $33. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/parks.
Catch an up-close glimpse of wading birds and other wildlife on a guided kayak exploration of the Oleta River and its mangrove-lined creeks. Included is an opportunity to visit an archeological site where Tequesta Indians lived more than 2,000 years ago. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. East Greynolds Northeast Regional Dog Park, 16700 Biscayne Blvd., North Miami Beach. $25. Details: (305) 945-3425 or www.miamidade.gov/parks/greynolds.asp.
EcoAdventures hosts holiday camps at three parks to provide opportunities for children 6-15 to explore the wonders of the South Florida ecosystem with outdoor activities from trail hikes and wildlife encounters to canoeing and fishing excursion. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Camps through Dec. 30. Nature detectives’ camp (ages 6-8) and Nature Explorers’ camp (ages 9-14) at AD Barnes Park, 3401 SW 72 Ave., Sense of Wonder Nature Center, Miami. Camp Manatee (ages 6-14) at Arch Creek Park, 1855 NE 135 St., Miami. Fishing Camp (ages 9-15) at Tropical Park, 7900 SW 40th St., Miami. $100 per week plus a $12 registration fee. $125 per week plus a $12 registration fee for Fishing Camp at Tropical Park. Details: (305) 365-3018 or www.miamidade.gov/ecoadventures/camps.asp.