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 20 participants. Hikes take place at various parks in Charlotte, Lee, Collier, and Sarasota counties. Each hike begins with a scavenger hunt, where we search for and learn about various plants or animals.

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.

Fill out the sign-up form below and more information will be sent to you regarding the exact time of the hike and our specific meetup location. Please note this is not an automated process, but if you sign up, you will receive details about a week before the event. Feel free to contact me at in the meantime if you have any questions.

Participants must be able to walk approximately two to three miles. 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 two hours, depending on how many questions are asked and how many wonderful things we see along the way.

I also offer two paid hikes ($10 per person) per month, one weekday hike and one Sunday hike. These can be found on Meetup at Please feel free to join us over there to stay up to date on these hikes, which occur on random dates.

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

Please fill out the form below to sign up for a free monthly Florida Master Naturalist guided hike. See you on the trails!

May 15th 9:00am- Shamrock Park, Venice – This hike is full.

June 19th 9:00am – Lovers Key State Park, Ft. Myers

July 17th – Audubon Pennington Nature Park, Pt. Charlotte

September 18th – Bird Rookery Swamp, Naples

October 16th – Emerson Point, Bradenton

November 20th – Oscar Scherer State Park, Venice

December 18th – Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, Naples

Disclaimer: By signing up for this guided hike, 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.

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