The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve, at 7751 Penzance Blvd., Fort Myers, presents the following activities for January:
- Guided Nature Walks from 9:30-11 a.m. and 1:30-3 p.m. daily
Stroll along the fully accessible raised boardwalk trail with an experienced volunteer naturalist. Walk is 90 minutes long. Tour is free with paid parking of $1 per hour per vehicle. No reservations are necessary.
- Through Jan. 31: Photo Contest
Pick out your favorite Slough photos and enter them in our photo contest. All entries must be submitted by Jan. 31. Each photographer may submit up to three photos for $10. Awards will be presented at a reception held from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 16 at the Slough. Contest rules and entry forms are available at the Interpretive Center desk or online at www.sloughpreserve.org. Contest is sponsored by the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve.
- Jan. 5: Alligator Detectives Program from 11 a.m. to noon
Learn fun facts about Florida's favorite reptile in this 1 hour program. Meet in the Interpretive Center. Reservations are not necessary. All ages are welcome and the program is free with your paid parking fee of $1 per hour per vehicle.
- Jan. 8-29: Yoga on Tuesdays from 9-10:15 a.m.
Relax and restore in the sanctuary of the Slough with Terri Fields in this beginner to intermediate level traditional yoga class. Students must be capable of getting up and down from the floor and must have some ability to stretch and move. The fee is $32 for a four-week session. Meet on the back deck of the Interpretive Center with a mat and towel - a small number of mats will be available for use. Reservations are required by calling 239-533-7440 or online at: www.leeparks.org.
- Jan. 11 and 25: Drawing Inspiration through the Slough, a Sketching Club, from 12:30-3:30 p.m.
Join Suzanne Frechette an experienced slough volunteer naturalist and artist as she leads plein air sketching workshops at the slough. Artists, beginner through advanced, are welcome to participate. The workshops will be limited to six participants who will provide their own art materials and sketchbooks, working primarily in graphite, ink, watercolor, pastels, and other portable, non-toxic media. Each session ends with a half hour to share your work with the group. Reservations required at 313-6201 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject line of "Sketching Club." No fees, but a $10 donation per session to the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is welcome.
- Jan. 23: Friends Gathering from 7-8:30 p.m.
Join the Friends of Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve for their monthly gathering. Speaker will be Neil Wilkinson, a professor at FGCU and his topic will be "In Defense of Knowledge." Meet in the Interpretive Center. Reservations are required by calling the Friends at (239) 533-7557.
The Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve is a Lee County wetland preserve open to the public seven days a week from dawn until dusk. The Interpretive Center houses nature displays about the plants and animals that live in the slough. Entry is free with paid parking fee. The center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.