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ST. LUCIE COUNTY -- St. Lucie County's Environmental Resources Department's continues its weekly winter Nature Series with guided, educational hikes this February.
These free weekly programs run through May 10 and give participants a chance to explore some of the 42 miles of hiking trails that are located throughout the County's nearly 7,800 acres of Environmentally Significant Lands.
Saturday, Feb. 1 from 9 - 11 a.m. - Fire in Florida's Ecosystems at Indrio Savannahs, 5275 Tozour Road, Port St. Lucie. A wildfire raged through this preserve in April of last year. Take a tour of the burn area and see how well our native flora and fauna are able to tolerate fire.
Saturday, Feb. 8 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. - Biodiversity at Bluefield, 30501 Bluefield Ranch Road, Port St. Lucie. Lace up your hiking boots and explore the County's largest preserve. From baygall swamp to Florida scrub, this day hike will take participants through a variety of natural communities to see the wonder of biological diversity in our area.
Sunday, Feb. 16 from 9 - 11 a.m. - Tracking the Wild Beast at Pinelands Preserve, 7601 VPI Grove Road, Port St. Lucie. Learn how to read the signs wildlife leaves behind. Come out and learn the tricks that hunters, naturalists and biologists use to track, monitor and gain information about these evasive species.
Saturday, Feb. 22 from 9 - 11 a.m. - Exotic Pests: Pets Gone Wild at Spruce Bluff Preserve, 611 S.E. Dar Lane, Port St. Lucie. Through both escapes and releases, Florida is now home to numerous exotic invasive species. Find out which species are here, if they are behaving and how you can help.
These hikes are geared toward ages 13 and older, unless otherwise noted. All minors must be accompanied by an adult. Proper footwear and water are required for all programs. Please leave pets at home.
Purchased through a voter-approved bond referendum, St. Lucie County manages more than two dozen preserves that are open to the public for passive recreation.
Programs are free, but space is limited, so registration is required. Register online at signupgenius.com.
For more information, contact Wren Underwood at (772) 971-5611.