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Friday, July 25, 2008

Volusia County walks on the wild side

Our friends at Volusia County leisure services have put together a roster of great outdoor opportunities for August and September! Mollusks and Their Beautiful Shells Wading Hike Smyrna Dunes Park 2995 Peninsula Dr. New Smyrna Beach Saturday, August 16 2:00-4:00 pm Observe and learn about the fascinating and diverse world of mollusks and the beautiful shells that they produce from Joel Wooster, Florida Master Naturalist and collector of shells, on a wading hike of Smyrna Dunes. Every shoreline hike with Joel is a new adventure--you never know what you'll find. Participants are invited to bring shells that they have for identification. Please register. Maiden Eco-buggy Night Tour! Longleaf Pine Preserve-East Entrance Pioneer Trail New Smyrna Friday, August 22 7:30-9:30 Brave souls are invited to join me as I take the plunge into darkness driving the eco-buggy on a night tour of Longleaf Pine Preserve. Participants will experience the sights, smells and sounds of the pine flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps of Longleaf Pine Preserve in the darkness. Spot lighters will shine areas for glimpses of wildlife. Wear comfortable clothes, hiking or walking shoes. Bring flashlight, insect spray and water to drink. Space is limited, please register. Wetland Wading Hike Longleaf Pine Preserve Entrance not yet decided Saturday, August 30 8:00-11:00 am (earlier time for cooler temp.) It's finally wet out there! The best way to learn about wetlands and the plants and critters that live in them is get your feet (and maybe knees) wet and experience them. Dr. Bill Grey, Rollins College Field Botany Professor, will lead a wading hike through wet flatwoods, cypress domes and swamps of Longleaf Pine Preserve to observe the life within them. Wear shoes and pants or shorts that can get wet. Bring water to drink. Guided Hike of Doris Leaper Spruce Creek Preserve Martin's Dairy Rd. New Smyrna Beach Friday, September 19 9:00-11:00 Hike the trail to the bluff of Spruce Creek and see a beautiful part of Volusia County. Nature Photography Bicentennial Youth Park 3300 New York Ave., DeLand Saturday, September 20 9:00-12:00 Bring your camera and your interest in taking pictures of the wonders of natural Florida and learn how a terrific photograher captures the very best photos of local wild places and critters. Scott Helfrich will share his photos and his skill with us and then we'll hike to try some photos of our own. Grasses and Their Look Alikes Wiregrass Prairie Preserve Lopez Rd., off Pell Rd., off Maytown Rd. Saturday, September 27 9:00-12:00 Dr. Grey will lead us on another hike to observe and learn about those baffling grasses, sedges and rushes that stump so many plant enthusiasts (like me). Wear comfortable clothes that match the weather and hiking or walking shoes that can get wet. Bring water to drink and a hand lens if you have one.

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