Courtesy Carolyn Gregsak

FNPS Mangrove Chapter April 28, 2018 Field Trip

The Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society invites the public on a trail walk  through the NORTH end of Myakka State Forest on East River Rd (off South River Rd) in North Port, Florida on April 28, 2018 from 9 am to 11 am.

Myakka State Forest is made up primarily of mesic flatwoods with a mixture of longleaf pine and slash pine overstory with a palmetto understory. Numerous depression marshes are scattered throughout the flatwoods, providing many opportunities for viewing wading birds and other wildlife. The forest includes approximately 2.5 miles of frontage on the Myakka River, which is designated as an Outstanding Florida Water and a Wild and Scenic River. The Myakkahatchee Creek flows through the forest for 1.5 miles and provides an additional water resource.

Myakka State Forest was purchased in 1995 as part of the Myakka Estuary Conservation and Recreation Lands (CARL) project. The Florida Forest Service manages the forest for multiple uses, including timber, outdoor recreation, wildlife, and ecological and hydrological restoration.

Join us for a relaxing and informative morning as we search out wildflowers and signs of wildlife with Trail Guide, Al Squires. 

DIRECTIONS: Walkers will meet at the NORTH end of the forest, about a mile down E. River Rd., in the parking area on the right.

Traveling south from Rt.41 or I 75, take N River Rd (which becomes S River Rd.) to E River Rd. Turn left onto E River Rd. We will meet you there in the parking area.

Traveling north from Pine St./S River Rd., turn right onto E River Rd. We will meet you there in the parking area.

The physical address for Myakka State Forest is 2000 S River Rd, North Port which is a different entrance than our meeting place. This may cause some confusion between you and your GPS. Directions are also available on the Mangrove Chapter website: For more information you may contact our Trail Guide, Al, at 941-769-3633 or email him at

We encourage Floridians and our winter visitors to learn more about the importance of Florida’s native plants and communities by becoming a member of the Mangrove Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society. The Florida Native Plant Society promotes the preservation, conservation, and restoration of the native plants and native plant communities of Florida. Meetings, field trips and special events are free and open to the public.