Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park, at 17980 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva, presents the following:
- Guided Walk: April 19 from 9-11 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. This program is free with paid parking. Limit 25 participants. For information, contact Kelly at (239) 822-5212 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Caloosahatchee to Hickey's Creek Kayak Trip: April 30 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. Meet at the campground entrance at 19130 N. River Road. Cost is $40 per person. Registration is required. For information, call Kelly at (239) 822-5212. Register online at: www.LeeParks.org or by calling (239) 533-7440.
Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park is one of the largest regional parks in Lee County encompassing 862 acres. This wildlife preserve, co-managed with the Florida Wildlife Conservation Commission, consists of a variety of habitats. 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 miles of hiking trails.
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; please bring exact change.