Courtesy Floida Native Plant Society, Mangrove Chapter

FNPS Mangrove Chapter July 28, 2018 Field Trip

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public to join in a leisurely walk through Carlton Reserve at 1800 Mabry Carlton Parkway in Venice on July 28th at 9 am. 

The T. Mabry Carlton Reserve is a Sarasota County Water Management Area, located less than 12 miles from downtown, Venice, Florida. It covers more than 24,000 acres of protected land, with over 80 miles of multi-use trails along the Myakka River floodplain, including a 12-mile connector to Myakka River State Park.

The trail system circles wet prairies and flatwoods ponds as it wanders through a mix of pine flatwoods, scrubby flatwoods, oak hammocks, and open prairies. The 1.6 mile loop around the lake provides an introduction to the various habitats in the reserve. Trails are well-maintained by a dedicated group of volunteers, The Friends of Carlton Reserve. A short segment of trail is wheelchair accessible (paved with paving stones), and numerous benches make this an easy walk for hikers of all abilities.


From I-75 exit 193, Jacaranda Blvd, drive north 0.6 miles to where the road ends at a T intersection. Brown signs direct you to the park: turn right onto Border Rd. After you cross the Myakka River, the road comes to another T intersection at 2.5 miles. Turn left at the park sign; a broad drive leads into the reserve. At the next sign on the right, turn right to enter the public parking area, which is down a lengthy gravel driveway.


Take River Rd. north to Venice Ave. Take a left and proceed to Jackson Rd. Take a right and go to Border Rd. Take a right on Border Rd. and follow to Reserve. From there, follow the above directions.

For more information you may contact Trail Guide, Al Squires at 941-769-3633 or email him at

The Mangrove Chapter is one of 37 FNPS Chapters throughout Florida and meets the second Tuesday of each month from October through April. At each meeting a program on natural history, landscaping with native plants, or other similar topic is presented. Field trips are the last Saturday of each month except for December. Field trips, meetings and other FNPS activities are free and open to everyone. 

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