Calendar Of Events
Following on from our first meeting, our first trip of the year will be to the main farm and warehouse of Classic Caladiums in Avon Park. This will be a great opportunity to see how caladiums are raised and bred. The farm is about 30 miles east of Bradenton. We will car pool at Heritage hall as usual, more details about timings etc will follow.
Numbers are limited so please contact Tricia if you want to join the trip.
A beautiful 11 mile nature drive through the north shore of Lake Apopka. Formerly a celery and sod farming area, the lake has been restored to its original natural beauty.
The wildlife drive provides easy viewing of Florida birds and butterflies. Monarch Butterfies should be in peak migration. Can view from car or take short walks from pullouts.
Expected wildlife will include a variety of ducks, egrets, herons, moorhens, anhingas, ospreys, hawks and many possible migrating shorebirds and songbirds.
Plan is to meet at Celebration Heritage Hall at 8:15 am and travel by car pool to Lake Apopka. A 40 minute drive up rte 429N (toll road) will bring us to the Wildlife drive entrance.
Once arrived the driving tour takes about 2 hours. There are several rest stops along the drive to allow us to answer natures call.
If you have binoculars or extras to share please bring them. Though not necessary, they will enhance the viewing experience. Also, the wildlife drive is perfect for nature photography as many of the birds are within 50 feet of the drive. Large alligators abound.
Leader: Chet Blazak -Citizen Science Member, Master Gardener with major interest in Florida Native plants, and National Park Volunteer.
Number limited to 20 Email Tricia —- email@example.com
Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive
2803 Lust Road, Apopka, FL 32703
The Lake Apopka Wildlife Drive is a one-way 11-mile drive that begins at Lust Road and ends on Jones Road in Orange County, Fla. There is a ten mile per hour speed limit, so allow approximately two hours for the drive depending on stops along the way. Vehicles pulling trailers are not allowed. Port-a-lets are provided at multiple locations. No drinking water is provided. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed at all times
Wildlife Drive Schedule
The drive is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and federal holidays between sunrise and sunset. The drive is closed on other days due to ongoing restoration work. The entrance gate is open during daylight hours and closes approximately one hour prior to sunset to allow visitors to complete the drive and exit the property prior to sunset.
Join us for a buggy ride through Disney’s Wilderness Preserve
The tour takes 1.5 hours and the cost is $10 per person, numbers are limited so please e-mail Brad or Tricia if you wish to join the group.
We will car pool from Heritage Hall and the tour starts at the Preserve at 10am. Everyone should bring hats, sunglasses, binoculars, sunscreen, bugspray. Cold drinking water will be provided, please bring your own refillable water bottle.
Eleanor Forste will take us on a walking tour of a Preserve area east of St Cloud, Lake Lizzie. Garden Club has enjoyed many walking tours with Eleanor over the years, she is a fascinating and engaging speaker, full of information about Florida and its flora and fauna!
Details of timings etc will follow. Leave from Heritage Hall as usual.