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January Programs offered at the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve

December 26, 2012
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

Visit this beautiful Lee County Parks and Recreation facility in the heart of Fort Myers for a variety of activities this January. Special programs include a Photo Contest, Sketching Club, Full Moon Walk and Alligator Program. Twice daily guided walks begin January1st at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. or just come out and take a leisurely stroll on our fully accessible boardwalk trail anytime dawn to dusk. Visit our Interpretive Center to learn more about the plants and animals that live in the Slough or just talk to a friendly volunteer. The center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. and your entry is free with your paid parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle.For more information, visit www.leeparks.org or contact Heather Gienapp at (239)533-7556.

* Guided Nature Walks

Daily (7days a week)

9:30 a.m. 11:00 a.m.

1:30 p.m. 3:00 p.m.

Twice daily Guided Nature Walks begin January 1st at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. as visitors stroll along our fully accessible raised boardwalk trail with an experienced Volunteer Naturalist. Walk is 90 minutes long and travels 3/4 of a mile. Tour is free with paid parking of $1 per hour per vehicle. No reservations are necessary and no groups of 8 or more. Walks occur 7 days a week. The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (239) 533-7550.

* Photo Contest

Through Jan. 31

Pick out your favorite Slough photos and enter them in our photo contest beginning November 1st, 2012. All entries must be submitted by January 31st, 2013. Each photographer may submit up to 3 photos for $10. Awards will be presented at a reception held at the Slough on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Contest rules and entry forms are available at the Interpretive Center desk or online at www.sloughpreserve.org Contest is sponsored by the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve 533-7557.

* Alligator Detectives Program

Saturday, Jan. 5

11:00 a.m. noon

Learn fun facts about Florida's favorite reptile in this 1 hour program. Meet in the Interpretive Center. Reservations are not necessary. All ages are welcome; free with your paid parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle. The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is at 7751 Penzance Blvd. 533-7550.

* Yoga Classes

Tuesdays Jan. 8 29

9 10:15 a.m.

Relax and restore in the sanctuary of the Slough with Terri Fields in this beginner to intermediate level traditional yoga class. Students must be capable of getting up and down from the floor and must have some ability to stretch and move. The fee is $32 for a 4-week session. Meet on the back deck of the Interpretive Center with a mat and towel. Reservations required; 533-7440 or online at www.leeparks.org

* Drawing Inspiration through the Slough, a Sketching Club (NEW)

Fridays, January 11th and 25th

12:30 3:30 p.m.

Join Suzanne Frechette an experienced Slough Volunteer Naturalist and artist as she leads plein air sketching workshops at the Slough. Artists, beginner through advanced, are welcome to participate. The workshops will be limited to six participants who will provide their own art materials and sketchbooks, working primarily in graphite, ink, watercolor, pastels, and other portable, non-toxic media. Each session will end with a half hour to share your work with others in the group. Reservations required by calling Suzanne at (239) 313-6201 or by email to suzanne.frechette@gmail.com with a subject line of "Sketching Club". No fees required, but donations of $10 per session to the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve are encouraged. The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (239) 533-7550.

* Friends Gathering

Wednesday, Jan. 23

7 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Join the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for their monthly gathering. Speaker will be Neil Wilkinson, a professor at FGCU and his topic will be "In Defense of Knowledge". Meet in the Interpretive Center. Reservations are required by calling the Friends at (239) 533-7557.

* Full Moon Walk

Saturday, Jan. 26 from

6 p.m. 7:30 p.m.

Experience the Slough in a new light-the light of the full moon-as visitors enjoy a guided sensory walk. Listen for some of the night life, smell night fragrances and get a new perspective of the Slough. Experienced Volunteer Naturalists lead small groups around the trail for this walk. The fee is $5 per person aged 6 and older. Reservations are required by calling 239-533-7440 or online at www.leeparks.org Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (239) 533-7550.

* Skull ID 101

Tuesday, Jan. 8 and 22

1:30 2:30 p.m.

Discover what animals eat, how developed their senses are and more just by looking at their skulls with Volunteer Chuck Schmitz. Reservations are not necessary. Program is free with your paid parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle. Meet at the amphitheater. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (239) 533-7550.

* Outstanding Otters

Tuesdays, Jan. 15 and 29

10:30 a.m. 1 p.m.

Listen to fascinating facts about River Otters from Volunteer Interpretive Naturalist Dotty Brown. Touch otter fur, see real otter taxidermy and find out why they are so well adapted to living in a wetland. Drop in anytime from 10:30 until 1:00 p.m. no reservations necessary.

Meet on the back deck of the Interpretive Center. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (239) 533-7550.

The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a beautiful Lee County Parks and Recreation wetland preserve with a raised boardwalk open to the public 7 days a week from dawn until dusk. The trail is fully accessible and consists of a 3?4 of mile lower loop or the entire trail is 1.2 miles long. Visitors to this Lee County Parks and Recreation site will see examples of old Florida in the plants and animals that live there. This natural setting provides the perfect backdrop for Florida wildlife such as wading birds, turtles, alligators, otters, squirrels, woodpeckers, butterflies, dragonflies and more. Opportunities to see wildlife are plentiful whether walking out on the trail or sitting at a pond overlook. The Interpretive Center houses nature displays about the plants and animals that live in the Slough. There are hands-on items for visitors of all ages. Entry is free with your paid parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle and the center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is located at 7751 Penzance Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33966. (239) 533-7550.

 
 
 

 

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