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Air Boat, Wildflower & Green Swamp Tours on Day 2 of Central Florida Naturefest 2012

Posted on August 29th, 2012 by

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Only five weeks 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.

Day 2 (Friday, October 5) excursions begin with:

AIR BOAT TOUR AT CAMP MACK

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 2)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $27.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 21
  • WHERE TO MEET: Camp Mack’s River Resort
    Address14900 Camp Mack Road, Lake Wales, FL 33898

View the water, wilderness and wildlife that the Kissimmee Chain of Lakes has to offer by way of AIR BOAT! You and your family do not want to miss out on this exciting adventure. Look high in the sky for bald eagles and ospreys searching for their next meal. Look to the water for alligators and to the shore for much more!
Camp Mack Air Boat Tour NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

There is potential you may get a little wet on this excursion.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Camp Mack’s Air Boat Tours
Your tour guides are seasoned airboat guides that know their open water and marsh lands well. Their intimate knowledge of birds and wildlife will give you a thrilling tour.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Water Bottle
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect Repellant

What’s in Bloom at Circle B Bar Reserve

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 2)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wildflowers
  • COST (PER PERSON): $5.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 9
  • WHERE TO MEET: Circle B Bar Reserve
    Address: 4399 Winter Lake Road, Lakeland, FL 33803

What’s in bloom at Circle B Bar Reserve? Find out on a personal electric tram tour led by Ben Bindschadler, the Circle B Bar Reserve wildflower expert.
What's In Bloom NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

In addition to beautiful flowers, you may see a variety of birds, including sandhill cranes, bald eagles, wood storks, great blue herons and many other wading birds, as well as vistas across Lake Hancock and Banana Creek Marsh.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Benjamin (Benny) Bindschadler
Recently, Benny completed a guide to Polk County’s wildflowers. As a volunteer and retired professor, he took an inventory of the plants he has documented, but he also documented with his photography. The result is a spectacular and comprehensive photographic guide to What’s Blooming in Polk County.

WHAT TO BRING?

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

SWAMP TROMP IN THE GREEN SWAMP

EXCURSION DETAILS
(DAY 2)

  • Friday, October 5 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
  • TYPE: Wilderness Tour
  • COST (PER PERSON): $10.00
  • MAX PEOPLE: 10
  • WHERE TO MEET: Green Swamp East off of Rockridge Road
    Address: Rock Ridge Road, Lakeland, FL 33809

Wade through water over your boots while learning about the importance of this unique ecosystem, The Liquid Heart of Florida. It is not every day that you will find yourself taking the road less traveled, so do not miss out on this excursion. During this excursion cypress knees are not the only knees getting wet. Yes, you will get wet up to your knees, if you so choose. All are encouraged to Swamp Tromp into a tranquil cypress dome.
Swamp Tromp in the Green Swamp NatureFest 2012

WHAT TO EXPECT?

You will get wet up to your knees, maybe higher if you so choose. An intact ecosystem, the Green Swamp attracts many types of wildlife. Wading bird rookeries are used by wood storks, a variety of egrets and white ibis. Threatened Florida scrub-jays inhabit scrub and scrubby flatwoods. A small population of insect-eating hooded pitcher plants marks one of the southernmost occurrences of these rare plants in the United States. The beautiful pine lily is in bloom late fall, early winter.

YOUR EXCURSION GUIDE:

Paul Elliot and Stephanie Green
Paul Elliot
has been hiking in the Green Swamp for almost 32 years. As the land manager for the Green Swamp for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Paul is the perfect guide. He has over 35 years of experience as a wildlife biologist. Paul knows the history of the swamp, how the swamp works and why the Swamp still needs our protection still today. From the pitcher plants scattered in the wet prairies, to the Tillandsia in the canopy; Paul will provide you an experience you will not forget.

Stephanie Green grew up in north Lakeland, right down the road from the Green Swamp. She spent seven years away from Florida, going to school in Kentucky where she received her Bachelors in Biology and M.S. in Forestry. She worked various summer seasonal positions out west for the National Park Service before returning to Florida in 2005. She has been back in Florida and working for the South West Florida Water Management District for 6.5 years as a Sr. Land Management Specialist in Charlotte, Sarasota, Desoto and Highlands County.

WHAT TO BRING?

  • Comfortable Walking Shoes
  • Water Bottle
  • Snacks
  • Rain Gear
  • Hat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Brown Bag Lunch
  • Dry Change of Clothes
  • Shoes

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