Free Monthly Hikes

Florida is home to the greatest diversity of plants and animals in the entire United States. As a certified Florida Master Naturalist, it’s my goal to teach as many people as possible about the amazing plants and animals that call our state home. The key to protecting these vulnerable habitats is understanding their value. That’s why I offer these tours for free. All I hope to gain from these tours is the ability to help others develop a greater appreciation for the nature of Florida. These hikes are limited to 10-20 participants, depending on the location. Hikes take place at various parks in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, and Sarasota counties.

If you are interested in a private hike for yourself and your friends or family, please visit my Private Hikes page for more details on how to schedule one.

Participants must be able to walk approximately three to twelve miles, depending on the hike (mileage is posted in each event). Bring bug spray, sunscreen, and water. During the hike, you’ll learn about the local flora and fauna. I always encourage questions and will do my best to answer them for you. The hikes take approximately 1-3 hours, depending on how far we go, how many questions are asked, and how many wonderful things we see along the way.

I hope you’ll join us and learn more about Florida and the amazing nature you’ll find here!

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” – Baba Dioum

2023 Hikes

January 15th – Little Manatee River State Park, Wimauma (6.6 miles)

February 19th – CREW Bird Rookery Swamp, Naples (12 miles)

March 19th – Big Slough Preserve, Myakka City (6.8 miles)

April 16th – Lover’s Key State Park, Ft. Myers Beach (5.2 miles)

May 21st – Charlotte Harbor Environmental Center, Punta Gorda (4.2 miles)

June 18th – Oscar Scherer State Park, Venice (5.5 miles)

July 16th – Myakka River State Park, Sarasota (4.2 miles)

August 20th – Charlotte Flatwoods Environmental Park, Punta Gorda (4.3 miles)

September 17th – Highlands Hammock State Park, Sebring (about 6 miles)

October 15th – Circle B Bar Preserve, Lakeland (4.8 miles)

November 19th – Carlton Reserve (5 miles)

December 17th – Hickey Creek Mitigation Park, Alva (7.2 miles)

Disclaimer: By signing up for any of these guided hikes, you acknowledge and assume all potential risks inherent in outdoor activities. While we do our best to ensure your safety, you are responsible for ensuring you are prepared with enough water and sun protection and are prepared to walk in potentially hot, buggy, or rainy conditions across natural, unpaved, uneven trails.

For details and to sign up for any of these hikes, please follow us on Meetup at If you prefer to contact me directly to sign up, feel free to use this contact form and I’ll get back to you.

(Note that not all hikes are listed on Meetup at once. They’re only posted one or two at a time.)