The Friends of Fakahatchee will hold its annual meeting and dinner program starting at 5:30 pm on Sunday, April 13 at the Seafood Depot in Everglades City. After a brief business meeting, two British born naturalists, Patrick Higgins and Tony Marx, will discuss The Fakahatchee Through Global Eyes. Both men are seasoned global travelers and master naturalists currently serving on the board of the Friends of Fakahatchee.
Admission is $35 per person for Friends of Fakahatchee members and includes a hot buffet dinner and cash bar. Admission for non-members is $45. Reservations are required and must be made by April 10. To make a reservation click on the reservation link to the right.
Fakahatchee Orchids: Lost and Found in Cuba program set for March 1 at Rookery Bay
Two local biologists known for both their scientific and presentation skills will team up March 1 for a program on their efforts to restore rare and extinct orchids to Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park. Dennis Giardina, Everglades Region Biologist for Florida Fish and WIldlife Commission, and Mike Owen, Park Biologist for Fakahatchee Strand, have traveled to Cuba in their quest for a seed source of Fakahatchee’s two “lost” orchid species. Their colorful photographic presentation ranges from today’s Havana to the wilds of Cuba and Southwest Florida. All proceeds from this event sponsored by the Friends of Fakahatchee will support their orchid restoration work.
The program will be held from Saturday March 1 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm at Rookery Bay Reserve, 300 Tower Road, Naples. Admission is $50 per person and includes hearty appetizers and beverages. Advance reservations are required and may be made by clicking on the E below.
We’ll be starting at the park headquarters as we did last year, which offers several possibilities for sketching. Fellow sketcher and park ranger Karen Relish will be on hand to answer any questions about history, flora, and fauna.
This event is limited to 12 participants, RSVP required. Children are welcome, if accompanied by an adult guardian. Wear comfortable old clothing and shoes (closed toes preferred) and bring your portable art supplies, bag lunch, plenty of water and a portable chair or something to sit on. Please see our January location below.
Directions for January meeting:
Via I-75 (Alligator Alley):
Take I-75 to exit 80/State Road 29. Go 15 miles south. Take a right (east) on Janes Scenic Drive (837W). Curve to right and look for the Fire Tower, then turn right onto Coastline Drive. Pass the flagpole at the park headquarters, and follow the road back to the shop compound, follow the small signs and park as indicated.
Via US 41(Tamiami Trail): If you go by US 41, turn north onto SR 29, go 3 miles and turn west onto Janes Scenic Drive/837 W and right onto Coastline Drive. Pass the flagpole at the park headquarters, and follow the road back to the shop compound, follow the small signs and park as indicated.
For information phone Karen at (239) 695-4593 or read