photo by Lisa Roberts
Join us at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, as volunteer trip leader David Griffis leads us on an exploration at Smyrna Dunes Park, 2995 N. Peninsula Ave., New Smyrna Beach.
The park sits on the northernmost peninsula of New Smyrna Beach, surrounded by the Indian River and Atlantic Ocean. The park features 73 acres made up of five distinct ecosystems — ocean, river, dune, scrub and saltwater marsh. We will learn about its vegetation and wildlife, including shorebirds, seabirds and songbirds, as well as the threatened Gopher tortoise. As David is a soil scientist, we can expect to learn fascinating facts about the park’s soil. David also is a Florida Master Naturalist instructor, and he teaches environmental science and geography at Stetson University, so we will be in good hands!
The trip is free for Florida Wildflower Foundation members or $5 for soon-to-be members. To enter the park, you will be required to pay an admission fee of $10 per vehicle of up to eight passengers.
We will meet our trip leader at the parking lot pavilion. There is little shade, so bring a hat, water and sunscreen for our two-hour excursion. Smyrna Dunes is dog-friendly, and dogs must be leashed at all times. However, we will stroll parts of the park’s 2 miles of boardwalk, where dogs are not allowed after 10 a.m.
Consider staying after our trip to relax on the park’s beach or fish from its pier!
This educational opportunity is made possible by the State Wildflower license plate. Get yours today!