Calendar of Activities

The Florida National Scenic Trail and other forest trails are part of the natural environment. Rough, uneven, and/or slippery surfaces, protruding roots, encroaching vegetation, fallen branches, mud and water, insects and other wildlife, irritating plants and other hazards may be present. Be prepared for the weather, insects, and sun protection. If you question whether a hike is within your ability, contact the Activity Leader. Paddlers must have a USCG-approved life jacket for each person and a sound-producing (whistle/horn) device on board while on the water. Bicyclers under 16 years of age must wear a bicycle helmet. Minors under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Level: “L” Leisurely (1-2 mph walking pace), “M” Moderately difficult (2-3 mph walking pace), “S” Strenuous (3-4+ mph walking pace)

Unless indicated all activities are open to the public and please sign up at MeetUp.com to attend. Check our Meetup site for more details, dates, meeting locations/directions, and any last-minute announcements before starting out.

Please read the GUIDELINES FOR OUTING PARTICIPANTS before signing up for an activity. This will make for a better outing experience. COVID Resources

RESERVATIONS: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/

APR 4  SUN. 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM – TRAIL MAINTENANCE: FLORIDA NATIONAL SCENIC TRAIL MAINTENANCE: APALACHICOLA NATIONAL FOREST Lop, mow, blaze and clear the Florida National Scenic Trail in the western section of the Apalachicola National Forest. Bring lunch, snacks, insect repellent, rainwear, sun protection, first aid kit and plenty of water. Tools and safety equipment provided. Expect to work until approx. 1:00 PM LIMIT 10 PEOPLE. MUST CALL OR EMAIL TO SIGN UP; if you don’t contact one of the trip leaders in advance you cannot join the work party. OPEN TO PUBLIC. Contacts: Mike Tucker (850) 545-3489, tuckems@hotmail.com

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.

Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89310292130?pwd=TFpIQ2Qyc3V2N1J2NlRkTWQ4MzVOdz09

APR 16 FRI 4:30-7:30 PM (NP/M) – Downtown Tallahassee Urban Walk. FTA Members Only.  Walk downtown past historical places through Cascades Park and Railroad Square. Bring your favorite beverage of choice, chair/blanket, face mask, and an appetizer to share after the walk. Meet 4:30 PM at the DOT Credit Union Parking Lot adjacent to Cascades Park (corner of Myers Park Road and Suwannee). Wear comfortable walking shoes/light colored clothes. We will start/finish at the parking lot so you will not need to haul chair/blankets and wine during the stroll. ***LIMITED EVENT. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

APR 22 THUR 9:00 AM – Earth Day Celebration Hike/Trash Pick Up at Fern Trail Trailhead. We missed the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day last year so let’s get together and celebrate the 51st Anniversary.  We will meet at the Fern Trail Trailhead at 9:00 in Governor’s Park for coffee and pastries.   We can renew friendships with our hiking partners we have not seen for many months.  Then we will pick up trash at the trailhead and hike the Fern Trail to near Tom Brown Park.  We will continue to collect trash along the way.  Trail is just under 1.5 miles so hike is 3.0 miles.  Bell bottoms, rose tinted glasses and peace signs welcome.  Masks will be worn at the trailhead and social distancing will be enforced on the trail.  Also bring garden gloves and trash pickers if you have them.  Hike is strictly limited to 9 participants.  Chapter members only.  All participants must contact group leader.  If you come without contacting the leader you will not be allowed on the hike. Contact:  Dawn Brown, 850 668-0091, 850 545-00351, dbrown1948@embarqmail.com

APR 28 WED. 4:15PM – 6:00 PM (NP/M-S) – Pandemic Boredom Buster Urban Walk.  FTA Members Only. Celebrating Our 9th Year! Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. Bring snack if needed, face mask, water and hat. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. *** LIMITED EVENT. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

MAY 19 WED 10:45 AM -3:30 PM – (NP/L) – Wakulla Springs State Park Picnic and Plunge! FTA Members Only.  Home of the world’s largest and deepest freshwater springs, the sapphire water of Wakulla Springs boasts manatees, alligators and a host of diverse wildlife that can be viewed from a riverboat or the diving platform. Dare to jump off the diving platform and plunge your body into the invigorating 70 degree waters sure to refresh you on even the hottest days. $6 per vehicle. Meet to carpool at the Park-n-Ride on South Monroe St., at 10:45 am or meet at Wakulla Spring picnic area (located at 465 Wakulla Park Drive ) Bring a picnic item to share for lunch, face mask, your own beverages and chair (tables needed).  *** LIMITED EVENT. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

MAY 5, 12, 26 WED 4:15PM – 6:00 PM (NP/M-S) – Pandemic Boredom Buster Urban Walk.  FTA Members Only. Celebrating Our 9th Year! Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. Bring snack if needed, face mask, water and hat. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. *** LIMITED EVENT. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

JUNE  2, 9, 16, 23, 30  WED . 4:15PM – 6:00 PM (NP/M-S) – Pandemic Boredom Buster Urban Walk.  FTA Members Only. Celebrating Our 9th Year! Come at 4:15 PM and be ready to hike a 3.5+/- mile loop at 4:30 PM sharp. Bring snack if needed, face mask, water and hat. Come hydrated. We will attempt to maintain a pace of 3.0 – 3.5 mph. Location: JR Alford Greenway, Pedrick Road, Tallahassee. *** LIMITED EVENT. YOU MUST SIGN UP ON THIS ACTIVITY’S PAGE ON MEETUP.COM FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, DIRECTIONS, AND UPDATES. Contact: Dawn Griffin (850) 509-6103 griffindd@aol.com

RESERVATIONS: https://www.meetup.com/Apalachee-Florida-Trail-Hiking/events/