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We are a local chapter of the Florida Trail Association, based in and around Leon County and the Big Bend region, where you’ll find some of the finest hiking in all of Florida.  We have monthly programs on hiking and other outdoor topics, build and maintain the Florida National Scenic Trail and other hiking trails, lead hikes, paddles, biking and other activities.  Join us on a spectacular adventure!

Chapter Meetings and Programs:

APR 13 TUE 7:00 PM – Chapter Virtual Meeting/Program – “Exploring the Big Cypress Preserve and mangroves at night through the photographic art of Matt Stock”. Matt Stock is an award-winning photographer living in Miami. Through the creative use of light within dark, often using multiple photographs to create a final composition, he creates phenomenal hyper-realistic photographs.

Matt has been exploring pristine South Florida…at night…for many years. His passion is to capture the Florida landscape in a “different light” as he puts it. Matt accomplishes this through photographing at night for many hours, capturing dozens of images, many light sources, and compositing them together in post-production. His work has been published and collected widely, he was one of thirty artists chosen to represent the National Parks for their Centennial celebration, and in 2019 he won a James L. Knight Community Arts Grant to further his work and publications.

This will be a VIRTUAL presentation. Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89310292130?pwd=TFpIQ2Qyc3V2N1J2NlRkTWQ4MzVOdz09

MAY 11 TUE 7:00 PM – Chapter Virtual Meeting/Program – “Incredible Edible Natives” presented by Stacey Matrazzo.

Stacey Matrazzo is the program manager for the Florida Wildflower Foundation. She is an environmental educator with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a master’s degree in liberal studies from Rollins College, where she is also an adjunct professor. A native Floridian, Stacey is a certified Florida master naturalist who spends much of her free time kayaking, hiking, birding and photographing Florida’s amazing natural environments. She has been conducting native plant and edible plant hikes for 10 years and is the co-author of Native Plants for Florida Gardens (with Nancy Bissett; Pineapple Press, 2019).

The Florida Wildflower Foundation protects, connects, and expands native wildflower habitats through education, research, planting, and conservation programs.

This will be a VIRTUAL presentation.

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