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Fall, spring programs at Hickey’s Creek Mitigation Park

August 13, 2014
Lehigh Acres Citizen

Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park, at 17980 Palm Beach Blvd., Alva, presents the following upcoming programs:

- Guided walk: First Tuesday of every month from 911 a.m.

Join park staff on a stroll through natural plant communities. See firsthand the plants and animals of Southwest Florida. Participants should be able to walk approximately one and a half 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. Registration is not required. Limit of 25 participants; call ahead for groups of five or more.

- Caloosahatchee to Hickey's Creek kayak trip: Oct. 30, Jan. 29, Feb. 26, March 26 and April 30 from from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This kayak trip begins and ends at Caloosahatchee Regional Park campground. The guided tour travels along the Great Calusa Blueway, which includes Hickey's Creek. Paddle an hour and a half to Hickey's Creek Mitigation Park, eat lunch and stretch legs on a hike before paddling back to Caloosahatchee Regional Park. This trip is best for paddlers with some kayaking experience and/or in good physical condition for a five-mile roundtrip paddle. Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. All kayaking equipment is provided. Bring water, 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 required.

- Astronomy for amateurs: Oct. 24 at 7:30 p.m., Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.

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 canceled due to inclement weather, clouds or if the minimum participation is not met. Registration is required.

For more information or to register for a program, call Kelly at (239) 822-5212 or visit online at:

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 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, canoe/kayak landing, fishing pier, picnic areas with 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 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.



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