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December 26, 2012

 

Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve

Enjoy guided tours along the boardwalk to help bring you closer to nature, ecosystem and wildlife

By Betsy Clayton, Lee County Parks & Rec

 

http://www.news-press.com/article/20121227/ENT13/312270018/Caloosahatchee-Creeks-Preserve

 

• What’s happening: Seasonal guided nature walks begin at Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve in North Fort Myers

 

• Where: Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve East, 10130 Bayshore Road, North Fort Myers, FL 33917

 

• When: The preserve is open sunrise to sunset daily. The guided walks will start happening in 2013 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. the second Saturday of each month for January, February and March. Mark your calendar for Jan. 13, Feb. 9 and March 9.

 

• Cost: Parking and program are free.

 

• Cool temperatures and beautiful scenery are the highlights as you stroll along the boardwalk learning about the preserve, its ecosystems and its wildlife. The paved parking area features a composting restroom, two picnic pavilions, and about 1.5 miles of boardwalk and primitive trails. The guides are trained and very knowledgeable volunteers from the Lee County Bird Patrol.

 

Tips / Notes

 

• Dress for the cool morning temperatures and with sneakers or hiking boots.

 

• Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve does allow leashed dogs on designated trails.

 

• Note that this event happens at the east entrance to the preserve, which has two entrances.

 

• History: The Conservation 20/20 environmentally sensitive land acquisition program began in 1997 after a majority of voters agreed to tax themselves .5 mil (50 cents per $1,000) of property value. Since then Conservation 20/20 has purchased and now manages and restores 24,870 acres in the form of 43 preserves. Caloosahatchee Creeks Preserve totals almost 1,300 acres along the Caloosahatchee River. The two entrances (East of I-75 and West of I-75) were finished and opened to the public in May of 2008.

 

• Info: www.conservation2020.org or  (239) 533-7275

 

• Driving directions: Take I-75 to North Fort Myers and go east at Exit 143. The preserve entrance will be on the right about one mile ahead, across Bayshore Road from ECHO.

 

• About us: Lee County Parks & Recreation has 250 positions, a $26 million budget and more than 31,500 acres of parks, preserves, facilities and other sites. The department oversees three recreation centers, 11 community centers and two senior centers, community parks, Conservation 20/20 lands, greenways, the Calusa Blueway Paddling Trail, four year-round pools, seven boat ramps, sports complexes including the Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins spring training facilities, nine dog-friendly facilities and pristine Gulf of Mexico beach parks. Contact us at (239) 533-7275 or leeparks@leegov.com.

 

— Compiled by Betsy Clayton, Lee County Parks & Rec