Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park, at 17980 Palm Beach Blvd., presents the following programs for the month of January:
- Guided Walk: Jan. 3 from 911 a.m.
Join us as we explore natural plant communities on this guided walk. See firsthand the plants and animals that make Southwest Florida so unique. Participants should be able to walk approximately two miles. This trail is only stroller and handicap accessible for about a quarter of a mile. Please dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Program is free with paid parking. Limit 25 participants.
- Caloosahatchee to Hickey's Creek Kayak Trip: Jan. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
This six-hour kayak trip begins and ends at Caloosahatchee Regional Park campground. Paddlers should be experienced and/or be in good physical condition for a five-mile roundtrip paddle on the Great Calusa Blueway, which includes Hickey's Creek, one of the area's most scenic waterways. Eat lunch and hike at Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park before paddling back. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All kayaking equipment is provided. Bring your own drink, lunch, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. Cost is $40 per person. Registration is required.
For more information, call Kelly at 822-5212.
Register online at: www.leeparks.org or call 533-7440.
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park is one of the largest Regional Parks in Lee County encompassing 862 acres. This wildlife preserve consists of a variety of habitats including palmetto-oak scrub, pine flatwoods and seasonal wetlands. Views of scenic Hickey's Creek can be enjoyed from trails and overlook areas. The park is home to threatened Florida scrub-jays and gopher tortoises.
Park amenities include parking, restrooms, a canoe/kayak landing, a fishing pier, picnic areas with picnic tables, bridges across Hickey's Creek, trail shelters and hiking trails. There is a handicap accessible trail to Hickey's Creek and to the amphitheater.
The park is open 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Parking is free for those with a valid Lee County parking pass. Those who do not have a pass are required to pay $1 per hour or $5 per day. Bring exact change.