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Free beach and shoreline walks at local park and preserve

March 10, 2009
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

To get a better understanding of our barrier islands, take an educational and inspirational walk through Matanzas Pass Preserve and Bowditch Point Park with a naturalist.

Learn the importance of barrier islands and their unique ecosystems and how they protect the mainland. Enjoy the amazing beauty of coastal Florida. Bring you hat, bug spray, water and a camera.

Bowditch Point walks are every Tuesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at 50 Estero Blvd. Free with paid parking.

Matanzas Pass Preserve walks are every Thursday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Meet at the Historic Cottage near the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve at the end of Bay Street off of Estero Boulevard. Limited Free parking.

Native Plants and More

On Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m., venture down a path through a hardwood hammock to Estero Bay and discover a barrier island's bayside community at Matanzas Pass Preserve.

Ever wonder about native plants and why they are important? While leisurely following the path to the mangroves of Estero Bay there may be possible wildlife sightings and opportunities for photos. At the shaded pavilion you can take in the beautiful serenity of the bay where dolphins and manatees may be present.

Don't forget your camera, binoculars, water, hat, sunscreen, bug spray. Meet at the Historic Cottage near the entrance of Matanzas Pass Preserve at the end of Bay Street off of Estero Boulevard. Free parking.

Brown Bagin' It at Bowditch

On Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m., grab a brown-bag lunch, buy your lunch at the park or just take a break and join lunch with a naturalist.

Ever been on a nature walk and thought of a question when you got home that you didn't ask? Want to know how to become a volunteer naturalist or help remove exotics? Want to learn more about what's happening at Lee County Parks & Recreation sites at Fort Myers Beach and elsewhere in the county?

Free program with paid parking.

Turtle Talk and more

On Wednesdays from 1:30 2:30 p.m., explore Bowditch Point Park and look for our resident gopher tortoise in its native habitat. Come learn more about various turtles and their differences with our naturalist. Free program with paid parking.

For more information on any of the above walks call Belinda at 765-4222.



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