VENUS — Florida scrub is justifiably well-known for its rare and endangered plants and animals. Dr. Eric Menges, who has been conducting research at Archbold since 1988, will lead a walk through several types of Florida scrub on Saturday at 9 a.m. Participants will be able to see spring flowering species. In addition, part of this hike will be in a recently burned area and we will see the effects of fire on the vegetation structure of scrub.
Dr. Menges stated, “April is the peak month for flowering plants at Archbold Biological Station. With new foliage on many of the scrub plants, it is a particularly lovely time of year for a walk.”
The hike will start at the Learning Center. Sign in is at 8:30 a.m. This will be a moderately strenuous walk that will include off-trail traverses through sometimes dense vegetation and uneven ground. Participants need to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants. As the weather in mid-April is likely to be sunny and warm, we recommend hats, sunscreen/bug repellent and be sure to bring plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Archbold Biological Station is 8 miles south of Lake Placid. The entrance is 1.8 miles south of SR 70 on Old SR 8.
Visit their website at www.archbold-station.org. During business hours call 863-465-2571.
The Welcome Office at the Learning Center will be staffed from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays through April.