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Caloosahatchee Regional Park presents activities

January 2, 2013
Lehigh Acres Citizen

The Caloosahatchee Regional Park, at 18500 North River Road, Alva, announces the following programs for the month of January:

- Jan. 6: 10th Annual River, Roots and Ruts Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay at 8 a.m. and 5K Fun Run at 8:15 a.m.

"Have you hugged a root lately?" Registration for the 10th Annual River, Roots and Ruts Trail Run is open. The main event is a 13.1-mile half marathon utilizing both sides of the park: the wide nature trails on the south side and the single lane mountain bike trails on the north side. For those in training for a race or just off one, or for those that may want to experience a little less nature we have a two-person half-marathon relay, over the same course. For those who feel that 3.1 miles is just the right amount of nature we offer a 5K Fun Run along the wide nature trails on the south side of the park. For more information, fees or to register, visit: www.rrrtrail.com/.

- Jan. 8: Oxbow Kayak Clinic from 9-11 a.m.

Join our guide as we teach the basics on kayaking. This class will introduce you to the basic techniques of paddling and then you will have the opportunity to use your new skills for a guided trip. We will paddle the beautiful oxbow islands of the Caloosahatchee River for a two-hour guided instructional tour. Be prepared to experience nature at its best. The tour is perfect for all ages and abilities. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All kayaking equipment is provided. Bring your own drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. Meet at the campground entrance at 19130 North River Road. Cost is $25 per person. Registration is required. For more information, call Kelly at 822-5212. Register online at: www.leeparks.org or by calling 533-7440.

- Jan. 9: Nature Alphabet Preschool Program from 10-11:30 a.m.

What do teeth, tails, and tentacles all have in common? Preschoolers will practice the alphabet and learn about nature too. We will read a story, go on an alphabet hike and make a craft. Meet at the main entrance of the park at 18500 North River Road. These preschool programs generally include a story, a fun lesson, a hike, a game and a craft. Cost is $5 per preschooler. A parking fee is required. For more information, call Kelly at 822-5212. Register online at: www.leeparks.org or by calling 533-7440.

- Jan. 15: Cypress Creek Kayak Tour from 9-11 a.m.

This slow-paced paddle is great for all experience levels. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Kayaking equipment is provided. Bring your own drink, sunscreen, binoculars, clothing and shoes that can get wet. Meet at the campground entrance of Caloosahatchee Regional Park at 19130 North River Road. Cost $25 per person. Registration is required. For more information, call Kelly at 822 5212. To register call 533 7440 or visit: www.leeparks.org.

- Jan. 17: Birding Home School Programs at Caloosahatchee Regional Park from 2-4 p.m.

During this home school program students will learn about bird body parts and how to quickly identify birds in the field. We will also hike to find birds using binoculars. Binoculars can be provided but students are encouraged to bring their own. Meet at the campground entrance at 19130 North River Road. Ages 8-12. Cost is $5 per student. A parking fee is required. Call Kelly for more information at 822-5212. Register online at: www.leeparks.org or by calling 533-7440

- Jan. 26: Guided Nature Walk from 9-11 a.m.

Join park staff on a stroll through natural plant communities. See firsthand the plants and animals that make Southwest Florida so unique. Participants should be able to walk approximately one and a half miles. Dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Meet at the main entrance of the park at 18500 North River Road. This program is free with paid parking. Limit 25 participants. Children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information, call 694-0398.

- Jan. 31: Caloosahatchee to Hickey's Creek Kayak Trip 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 areas 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. Meet at the campground entrance at 19130 North River Road. Cost is $40 per person. Registration is required. For more information, call Kelly at 822-5212. Register online at: www.leeparks.org or by calling 533-7440.

Caloosahatchee Regional Park features 768 acres of pine flatwoods, scrub oak, cypress swamps and oak hammocks. Crossing through them, you'll find more than 18 miles of hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails.

Primitive camp sites for families and groups are available, along with equestrian sites for people with horses. Kayaking and fishing are available along the banks of the Caloosahatchee River.

For more information about the park and its amenities, find us online at: www.leeparks.org.

 
 

 

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