Conserving our planet's botanical resources and ecosystems

Annual Myakka hike and canopy walkway tour on 12/26

Discover the wonders of Florida’s forest canopy on Friday, December 26 during a nature walk at Myakka River State Park. Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Dr. Meg Lowman and her family will teach you about the work of an ecologist and the study of living organisms and their interaction with the environment both high and low from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Walkers will then enjoy a guided tour of canopy methods.

Myakka is one of the state’s oldest and largest parks, protecting 58 square miles of wetlands, prairies, hammocks and pinelands, as well as the officially designated “Wild and Scenic” Myakka River.

Space for this walk is unlimited. Participants should wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet, and bring a light jacket, hat, sun screen, insect repellent, and drinking water. Camera, hand lens or binoculars are suggested but all optional.

Participants should meet in the parking lot of Myakka’s canopy walkway. Myakka River State Park is located approximately six miles east of I-75 off Clark Road (S.R. 72). Myakka State Park rangers at the front gate can direct cars to the walkway parking lot. There is a park entry fee.

For more information about this or other nature walks, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask for Natural Resources.