First Day Hike
Time & Location
About The Event
What better way to kick off the New Year than by taking a nature walk through Jonathan Dickinson State Park! This First Day Hike is part of America's State Parks national program to help people enjoy the outdoors with free, guided nature walks. We will meet less than 1/4 mile from the park entrance, along the road to the Pine Grove Campground and hike on gently rolling, open scrub terrain. The hike is just under a mile. There is no water or restrooms right there, and the walk can get hot quickly - even in January. Part of the path is a well-documented spot where scrub jays have congregated for years, and the federally-threatened birds are seen on most outings but not assured - they are wild animals. Any lightning close enough to hear thunder will cause immediate cancellation of the tour. Your guide, Jim Howe, will accentuate the Florida scrub ecosystem itself and why fire is essential, while pointing out gopher tortoise burrows and unique plants found only at JDSP.
WHAT TO BRING: Binoculars, sun block, water, camera, insect repellent, comfortable walking shoes, hat, sunglasses.
Trip Leader: Jim Howe