SCCF Guides Lead Walks Into Sanibel’s Unique Interior Terrain

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SCCF Trail Guide Pete Wiese explains the lay of the land before leading his group into the heart of Sanibel’s beautiful interior terrain.

February is one of the best months of the year to explore the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation’s interior hiking trails—the temperatures are mild, the foliage is sporting some beautiful reds and yellows, and the biting insects are offering us a nice reprieve.

So, come join a guided trail walk through the Erick Lindblad Preserve. Meet your SCCF guide on the Nature Center porch and depart at 11am sharp on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of each week through the end of April. Our walks are free, open to the public, and led by some of the most enthusiastic and knowledgeable guides on the island. No reservations needed.

You will be led on an informative walk that overlooks a diverse suite of interior habitats, including Spartina grass wetlands, cabbage palm hammocks, seasonally flooded swales, and a wild stretch of the freshwater Sanibel Slough. The history of this tract of land is fascinating—from agriculture to prairie to a fully managed prescribed fire program designed to preserve the land in its natural state. The plants and animals you can see here are equally unique, and we encourage walkers to explore our trails quietly, with camera in hand, ready to catch a glimpse of one of our island’s turtles, owls, or tree frogs.

It’s a great way to connect with SCCF, and to better understand the foundation’s mission to preserve an array of landscapes and wildlife that can be found on our barrier islands and nowhere else.

Be sure to stop in frequently, as our Trail Reinterpretation Project is fully underway this season, bringing with it new and exciting trail features aimed at making your nature excursion more engaging and educational. As the Nature Center is currently undergoing renovations, we encourage you to get outdoors and enjoy these unique, four miles of trails at 3333 Sanibel Captiva Rd. Learn more at sccf.org/preserves.

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