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Photography, Kayaking & Wildflower Hiking on Day 3 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

Posted on September 12th, 2012 by

Categories: Event, General, Nature, Upcoming

Are you counting down the days until Central Florida NatureFest 2012? NatureFest is the chance for visitors and residents both to participate in activities that include birding, hiking, kayaking, butterfly and wildflower viewing, nature photography, star-gazing and airboating over the course of four days. Not to mention, this four-day festival will give participants exclusive access to some of Central Florida’s premier nature parks and reserves! Beginning Thursday, October 4 and lasting through Sunday, October 7, this nature weekend is sure to be packed with excursions led by area wildlife experts full of knowledge and passion in their fields of expertise.

Excursions are limited to a specific number of people. Be sure to register now so you don’t miss out on the opportunity!

Registration is open and available online.
For more details and day-by-day excursion listings, please visit:  VisitCentralFlorida.org.

Saturday, October 6 excursions:

MACRO PHOTOGRAPHY HIKE AT LAKELAND HIGHLANDS SCRUB

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 3)

  • Saturday, October 6 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • TYPE: Photography
  • COST (PER PERSON): $10.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 12
  • WHERE TO MEET: Lakeland Highlands Scrub
    AddressSouth Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, FL 33813

Get down to ground level with the insects and flowers that blend in with the scenery. Sign up for this excursion and learn new ways to get up close and personal with nature. This photography hike will take place at Lakeland Highlands Scrub which was once beach front property believe it or not! See you in the scrub!

Macro Photography NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

Initial surveys indicate the Lakeland Highlands property is home to at least five rare plant species as well as gopher tortoises, eastern indigo snakes, Florida Scrub-jays and a number of wading bird species. The omnivorous raccoon also calls the scrub community home and forages at night for available food including crayfish, snails, frogs, turtles, insects, rodents, eggs, fruits and nuts.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Herman Moulden
As a volunteer site steward with Polk County Environmental lands program and a 43 year career as a police officer and finger print specialist with the Lakeland Police Department and the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, this guide has found a perfect marriage of the two with his passion of macro-photography. Just check out his photos on flickr and you will see his talent. Combine the talent with his local knowledge of Polk County and you will have an incredible tour.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • A close-up lens and tripod are recommended, but not required

PEACE RIVER INTERMEDIATE KAYAK EXCURSION

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 3)

  • Saturday, October 6 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $15.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 9
  • WHERE TO MEET: Peace River Boat Ramp SR 60
    Address: East of Bartow, the parking area is on the south side of SR 60 on the Peace River.

Calling all intermediate to advanced paddlers! The Peace River was once home to Native Americans and very early explorers of Florida. Paddle along, and get the feel for why these settlers wanted to call the banks of the Peace River home. Enjoy and take in the view of the river’s resident cypress trees, wading birds, alligators and more. Look up, look down, look all around – this is a trip you will not want to miss out on! Visit the real Florida. This trip will be guided and kayaks will be provided.

Intermediate Kayak NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

There is potential you may get wet while on this excursion. You do not have to be a professional at kayaking, but be aware this is a wild creek, and you may have to maneuver around obstacles and floating vegetation. The swamp buggy requires the ability to climb up and down a ladder multiple times throughout the day.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Mike Britt
As the Winter Haven Natural Resources Director, Mike Britt has a unique perspective and passion for protecting the Peace River Corridors water resources. Mike was a member of a team of conservationist that recently paddled the entire Peace River in one trip, and he has the stories to share.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect Repellent
  • Hat
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunglasses
  • Towel
  • Change of Clothes

WILDFLOWERS AND WINGS AT LAKE KISSIMMEE STATE PARK

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 3)

  • Saturday, October 6 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wildflowers
  • COST (PER PERSON): $10.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 12
  • WHERE TO MEET:  Lake Kissimmee State Park
    Address: 14248 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL 33853

This guided hike combines both of them – taking place at Kissimmee State Park where you will hike along the trails and bird watch while learning about those beautiful fall wildflowers. You will want to keep coming back for more once you visit Kissimmee State Park. Camping is available, along with a trail system that never gets old! Included in this excursion is free admission to Lake Kissimmee State Park.

Wildflowers & Wings NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

The park offers outstanding fishing, bird-watching, picnicking, camping, boating and hiking on 13 miles of beautiful trails. For nature lovers and photographers, few parks offer the variety of plant and animal life that Lake Kissimmee State Park has to offer.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Erik Egensteiner
Erik has been the Park Biologist at Lake Kissimmee and Catfish Creek Preserve State Parks since 1998. His knowledge of the flora and fauna is a wonderful addition to this excursion. Erik has been involved in the inventory and monitoring some of Florida’s Ancient Island’s plants and animals for more than 10 years.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Comfortable Walking Shoes

 

Other Central Florida NatureFest 2012 posts:

Kayak, Hike & Bird-Watch On Day 1 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

Air Boat, Wildflower & Green Swamp Tours On Day 2 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

Endangered Species, Swamp Buggy Butterfly & Night Tram Tours on Day 2 of Central Florida NatureFest 2012

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