Outings
Note !
Paddle participants must bring their own craft, PFD, and be able to swim.
The outings are open to the public and donations to the Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.

 
For a list of State-wide outings, go to http://florida.sierraclub.org/outings.asp

Outings Leaders: Click HERE to download sign-in sheet

            
                               
                  Greater Charlotte Harbor Sierra Club Outings
                                     March to May 2017



All outings are open to the public and free of charge.  Please contact the Outings leader by calling the phone number listed in the outing description. 

Mar. 1, Wed., 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., Paddle Myrtle Slough
Florida Master Naturalist Jim Story will lead us through a freshwater jungle to tidal Shell Creek waterfall and dam. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFD and be able to swim.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. For reservations call (941)505-8904.

Mar. 4, Sat., 8:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.Nature Walk at Prairie Creek Preserve
Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as we explore the pine flatwoods, palmetto prairies, herbaceous marshes, improved pasture and riverside wetlands of this wild area in Charlotte County. This outing is free to the public. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  For info, call (941) 639-7468.

Mar. 7, Tue., 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Paddle Lower Peace River
Join Master Naturalists Rick Fried and Bill Schuyler for a bird watching paddle: Loop down to a rookery and then up Deep creek to the Nav-A-Gator for lunch. Return via a different Peace River route. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve at: 941-637-8805.

Mar. 15, Wed., 10, am-2pm, Paddle Alligator Creek and Lunch at Calahoo Restaurant
Explore the shoreline of Alligator Creek in Punta Gorda, with Florida Master Naturalists Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  We will enjoy a lunch at the Calahoo Restaurant before returning to the launch.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables) lunch money, water, bug spray. Donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.   Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill).

Mar,16, Thurs., 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Bike Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area
With Florida Master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds leading us, we will explore 5.5 mile Webb Lake, identifying wild flowers, wetland plants and bird life. Round trip is 11 miles. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always accepted.  Must reserve, (303) 868-8337.

Mar. 21, Tue., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Paddle Lower Peace River
Join Master Naturalists Rick Fried and Bill Schuyler on a bird watching paddle: Loop down to a rookery and then up Deep creek to the Nav-A-Gator for lunch. Return via a different Peace River route. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve at: 941-637-8805.

Mar. 23, Thur., 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Nature Walk in Charlotte Flatwoods Preserve
Join Florida Master Naturalists Les and Mary Caraher for an easy 2-mile walk through this area of pine flatwoods and freshwater marshes. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always accepted. Info: (304) 642-8851

Mar. 25, Sat., 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m, Paddle to Myakka State Forest and Back
We'll launch from the North Port boat ramp, cross the Myakka River, and have a break at the primitive campsite in the MSF. Good birding spot. Participants must provide their own watercraft, be able to swim and have a PFD. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Must reserve, (941) 423-2713.

Mar. 26, Sun., 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Nature Walk in Shell Creek Preserve
Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as they lead us through this area of Longleaf Pine flatwoods, scrub and hardwood hammocks along Shell Creek. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. For info, (941) 639-7468.

March 28, Wed., 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Hike the Lake Placid Unit of the Lake Wales Ridge
Hike a typical Florida scrub habitat with Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds..  Observe unique plant and animal species, such as the Florida Scrub Jay, Rosemary, and others, that are only seen in scrub.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  Info. at 941-639-7468.

Mar. 31, Fri., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Paddle Shell Creek
This is the longer upstream paddle to the shallows & Cypress Knee Garden.  Bring your lunch. Escorted by Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve: 941-637-8805.

Apr. 6, Thur., 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Paddle Webb Lake in Babcock Webb Wildlife Management Area.
With Florida Master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds leading us, we will paddle along the shores of 5.5- mile Webb Lake. We will skirt some island hammocks and coves, noting water birds, water lilies and spring wild flowers. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFDs and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always accepted.  Must reserve, (303)868-8337.

April 7, Fri. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Paddle Myrtle Slough
Florida Master Naturalist Jim Story will lead us through a freshwater jungle to tidal Shell Creek waterfall and dam. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFD and be able to swim.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted.  For reservations call (941)505-8904.

Apr. 11, Tue., 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Paddle Shell Creek
This is the longer upstream paddle to the shallows & Cypress Knee Garden.  Bring your lunch. Escorted by Florida Master Naturalist Rick Fried. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve: 941-637-8805.

April, 13, Thur., 10am-2pm, Paddle from Ponce De Leon Park
Explore mangrove tunnels and the shoreline of Charlotte Harbor with Florida Master Naturalists Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  Facilities available.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack.  Donations to the Sierra club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill)

Apr. 18, Tue., 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Paddle Lower Peace River
Join Master Naturalists Rick Fried and Bill Schuyler for a bird watching paddle: Loop down to a rookery and then up Deep creek to the Nav-A-Gator for lunch. Return via a different Peace River route. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve at: 941-637-8805.

April 19, Wed., 8:30a.m.-1:00 p.m., Paddle Alligator Creek
Paddle down the south branch of Alligator Creek through hardwoods, sabal palms, and mangroves. We will paddle through mangrove tunnels and smaller streams to Charlotte Harbor, enjoy views of the bay, and return. Your guides will be Florida Master Naturalists Les and Mary Caraher, who live on the creek. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFD, and be able to swim. Bring plenty of water, sunscreen, hat, and a snack or lunch. Reservations are required and are limited to 10 people. To reserve, call (304)642-8851.

April 20, Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Nature Walk at Footprints Trail
Join John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as we walk a trail built and maintained by Florida Master Naturalists through pine flatwoods, wet prairie and cypress swamp habitats. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. For info call (941) 639-7468.

April 24, Mon. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Paddle Myrtle Slough
Florida Master Naturalist Jim Story will lead us through a freshwater jungle to tidal Shell Creek waterfall and dam. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFD and be able to swim.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. For reservations call (941)505-8904.

April 27, Thur., 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Hike Morgan Park in Arcadia
Join Florida Master Naturalists John Phillips and Jamie Reynolds as they lead us through this preserved 240 acre park in Arcadia. Morgan Park parallels the Peace River and is filled with large Live Oaks, cypress and unusual vegetation rarely seen in our area. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Reservations, call (941) 639-7468.
April 29, Sat., 9:00 a.m-1:00 p.m., Paddle Deer Prairie Creek in North Port

This twisting creek will test your skills. Lots of ins and outs, ducking underneath branches, possibly a current. For this reason, this paddle is for kayaks only, and not for beginners. Participants must provide their own watercraft, be able to swim, and wear a PFD.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Must reserve, (941) 423-2713.

May 3, Wed., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Paddle Lower Peace River
Join Master Naturalist Bill Schuyler for a bird watching paddle: Loop down to a rookery and then up Deep creek to the Nav-A-Gator for lunch. Return via a different Peace River route. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve at: 941-763-9248.

May 10, Wed., 10, am-2pm, Paddle Alligator Creek and Lunch at Calahoo Restaurant
Explore the shoreline of Alligator Creek in Punta Gorda, with Florida Master Naturalists Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler.  We will enjoy a lunch at the Calahoo Restaurant before returning to the launch.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables) lunch money, water, bug spray. Donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.   Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill).

May 11, Thur., 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m., Paddle Deer Prairie Creek
 

Join us as Florida Master Naturalists Jim Knoy and Jamie Reynolds guide us along this natural waterway, its banks full of wildflowers, and a myriad of waterbirds. Participants must provide their own watercraft, PFDs and be able to swim. Voluntary donations are always accepted.  Must reserve, (303) 868-8337.

May 18, Thur., 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., Paddle Lower Peace River
Join Master Naturalists Rick Fried for a bird watching paddle: Loop down to a rookery and then up Deep creek to the Nav-A-Gator for lunch. Return via a different Peace River route. Participants must provide pfd, watercraft and be able to swim. Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted. Reserve at: 941-637-8805.

May 22, Mon., 10am-2pm. Paddle Woolverton Trail Mangroves and Lunch on Big Dog Island
Explore the extensive mangrove tunnels of Lemon Bay then paddle to Big Dog island with Florida Master Naturalist Helen Buonviri and Bill Schuyler. Enjoy a leisurely lunch/snack exploring Big Dog before returning to the launch area.  Participants are required to wear a PFD.  Bring your kayak/canoe (no inflatables), water, bug spray, lunch/snack. Donations to the Sierra Club are gratefully accepted.  Reserve at (941) 467-0974 (Helen) or (941) 763-9248 (Bill). 

May 27, Sat.. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., Paddle Myakkhatchee Creek in North Port
Be in good shape for this paddle. It will involve portaging over a dam and good skills moving yourself through overhanging branches. We will take a break at Morgan Center before returning the way we came. Participants must provide their own watercraft, be able to swim, and have a PFD.  Voluntary donations to the Sierra Club are always gratefully accepted. Must reserve, (941) 423-2713.
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