Please register on our chapter’s Eventbrite page so we know who plans to attend.
The Shingle Creek Regional Trail (SCRT) is a multi-use recreational trail being developed through cooperation between the local governments of the City of Kissimmee, Osceola County, the City of Orlando, and Orange County. Various tracts along the Osceola County portion were purchased with taxpayer funds from the SAVE Osceola Program, a citizen initiative approved in 2004. When fully constructed, it will span 32 miles through one of Florida’s most traveled urbanized areas, from Wekiva Springs State Park in Seminole County to the Kissimmee Lakefront Park.
This field trip will begin on the front porch at the Welcome Center, where visitors can return to learn about Osceola County history and natural resources. We will walk under Highway 192 along the creek and cross the creek on the boardwalk and bridge that parallels the old Midland Railroad track. We will wander through pine flatwoods, an oak hammock and into the edge of the Shingle Creek swamp, the headwaters to the Everglades ecosystem. Rainwater that falls in this watershed eventually flows into Lake Tohopekaliga and connects through a chain of lakes and the Kissimmee River to Lake Okeechobee and eventually the Gulf of Mexico or the Atlantic Ocean. Pack a light lunch or snacks and join us for a picnic overlooking Shingle Creek. Start Time of Field Trip:
The field trip will start at 9 a.m. in the front parking lot of the Welcome Center. The Welcome Center opens at 9 am with restrooms indoors.
End Time of Field Trip:
11:30 am (bring a picnic lunch to eat at picnic tables overlooking the creek.
Contact # Day of Event:
Eleanor Foerste 407-908-4379
Welcome Center (407) 396-8644
Field Trip Leader:
Eleanor Foerste, Education and Outreach Chair, Pine Lily Chapter FNPS
Park Entrance Fee:
FREE (Please register beforehand on our Eventbrite page!) https://pinelilyft082419.eventbrite.com