Scout and Gather Scrub Oak Acorns and Long Leaf Pine Cones to Grow Sprouts in our Native Plant Nursery for Habitat Restoration
The acorns and pine cones we gather will be potted later in the following weeks to grow scrub-oak and long leaf pine sprouts, and then planted in summer 2020 to help restore a damaged habitat for endangered species like the Florida Scrub-jay.
Please wear sturdy footwear, long pants,
long sleeves, and a hat. Please bring a hiker’s water bottle or similar.
We’ll have plenty of cold drinking water and all
the items needed.
Please register by selecting the Registration button at top (small button below the contact information).
This workday is part of Project Acorn, a multiyear effort by the Ridge Rangers to
gather and pot scrub-oak acorns, maintain the sprouts, and plant the resulting
baby oaks in damaged scrub oak habitat on the Lake Wales Ridge.
We will meet at the intersection of Daffodil St and Tremont Ave
From north of Lake Placid: Drive south on US 27. Make a RIGHT onto Lake June Road (just past the hospital) and follow it around the lake to Daffodil Road (about 4.3 miles). Make a LEFT onto Daffodil Road and travel aprox. .5 miles to the intersection of Daffodil and Tremont. We will park on the side of the road.
From south of Lake Placid: Head north on US 27 towards Sebring. Make a LEFT onto Lake June Road (just before the hospital) and follow it around the lake to Daffodil Road (about 4.3 miles). Make a LEFT onto Daffodil Road and travel aprox. .5 miles to the intersection of Daffodil and Tremont. We will park on the side of the road.
The FWC Leisure Lakes Unit is part of the Lake Wales Ridge Wildlife and Environmental Area, situated between FWC's Henscratch and June-in-Winter Scrub. The most distinctive natural community on the Lake Wales Ridge is scrub, home to one of the rarest collections of plants and animals in the world. Healthy scrub has the appearance of a miniature forest with trees seldom taller than 10 feet and open patches of sand. The WEA is an important corridor for wildlife movement between other sites for species such as scrub jays and indigo snakes.