May is American Wetlands Month.
Hillsborough County and EPC invite you to explore unique natural environments at Hillsborough County Conservation Parks throughout the month of May, and learn why they are important.
Each of four hikes winds through a different wetland, led by a guide with the Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County. The areas are habitat for plants, fish, reptiles, and mammals. Wetlands also deter flooding, filter drinking water, and provide recreational opportunities.
Members of Cub Scout Pack 110 are eager to participate. "Being environmentally aware is what we should focus on with the younger generation. It should be fun," says David Phillips, the Brandon pack's outdoor coordinator.
Dates and locations
Saturday, May 4 - Lettuce Lake Conservation Park
Saturday, May 11 - Lutz Lake Fern Trailhead (Upper Tampa Bay Trail)
Saturday, May 18 - Alderman's Ford Conservation Park
Saturday, May 25 - Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park
Most of the guided walks begin at 9 a.m., but it's wise to check beforehand (see contact information below).
Things to know
Cost: Free (There is a $2 park entry fee per vehicle for up to eight people)
Walking/Hiking distance: About 1 to 2 miles
Maximum number of participants on each hike: 40
Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult
Things to bring
Water in refillable container
For more information, email the EPC's Kim Tapley or call (813) 627-2600, extension 1359.
Photo: Hikers tour wetlands at Upper Tampa Bay Conservation Park in 2018.