Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park, at 17980 Palm Beach Blvd., presents the following:
- Guided Walk
9-11 a.m. Jan. 7 and 18
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. Dress appropriately and bring a water bottle. Children must be accompanied by an adult. This program is free with paid parking. Limit 25 participants.
- Caloosahatchee to Hickey's Creek Kayak Trip
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 30
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. 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.
- Astronomy for Amateurs
6:30 p.m. Jan. 31
This free program is designed to show beginning astronomers how to easily find stars, constellations and planets. Bring binoculars, water, bug spray, a flashlight and a lawn chair or something to sit on. Meet in the parking lot. This program is free with paid parking but may be cancelled due to inclement weather, clouds, or if the minimum participation is not met. Registration is required.
For information on the programs or to register, call Kelly at (239) 822-521 visit online at: www.LeeParks.org.
Hickey's Creek is one of the largest Regional Parks in Lee County encompassing 862 acres. The preserve consists of a variety of habitats including palmetto-oak scrub, pine flatwoods and seasonal wetlands. It is home to Florida scrub-jays and gopher tortoises.
Park amenities include parking, restrooms, a canoe/kayak landing, a fishing pier, picnic areas with tables, trail shelters and miles of 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.