News Press

August 27, 2016

Tour Daniels Preserve at Spanish Creek

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On Saturday’s free guided hike at Daniels Preserve at Spanish Creek in Alva, you can learn about the history and lives of early farming settlers in Lee County.

The 2-mile hike, scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m., is a primitive trail that is not ADA-accessible. Due to limited parking at the preserve, the meeting location for this walk is at nearby Alva Community Park, 21471 North River Road, Alva.

Daniels Preserve at Spanish Creek, a 243-acre preserve managed as part of Lee County's Conservation 20/20 program, is named to honor the Daniels family, who owned and lived on the land for more than 60 years.

In 1944, the Daniels family purchased the land as a homestead and for cattle grazing. Ruby Daniels, a member of the Daniels family, will share her memories and stories about living and working on the property.

Master naturalist guides will also discuss restoration projects that have been completed on the preserve to improve hydrology and enhance habitat for the gopher tortoise, a state-listed threatened species.

Suggested items to bring include water, hat, sunscreen and camera. Please wear sturdy, closed-toed shoes appropriate for hiking.

Visit 
www.Conservation2020.org or call 239-204-1125 for more information. To learn about guided walks scheduled across all Lee County parks and preserves, visit leegov.com/parks/parks.

Ruby Daniels will share her memories and stories about living and working on the property. In 1944, her family bought the land as a homestead and for cattle grazing.

COURTESY OF CONSERVATION 20/20