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Polk County Environmental Lands 10th Anniversary Excursion - December Guide...

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Gator Creek Reserve

9725 US Highway 98 North

Lakeland, FL 33809

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WELCOME TO GATOR CREEK RESERVE GUIDED BIRD HIKE

Explore the edge of the Green Swamp in one of Polk County's most popular hiking areas. Gator Creek Reserves lets you experience a mosiac of cypress swamps, hardbook forests and marshes interspersed with slightly elevated areas. The Polk County Board of County Commissioners and the Florida Trails Communities Trust jointly acquired this 2,700-acre Environmental Land site fpr the purpose of protecting importatn water, wildlife and wildreness resources. Gator Creek Reserve falls within the Green Swamp Area of Critical State Concern, a designation protecting a resource of major statewide signigicance. Ecologically importatnt for its vaulable water resources, the Green Swamp is the deatwaters for serveral major river systems, including Ocklawaha, Withlachoochee, HIllsborough and Reace Rivers.

With the diversity of plants and a matrix of habitats found in the Green Swamp, Gator Creek is an excellent site for observing bird species (and other animals, such as butterfly species, that you many not commonly see in other parts of Polk County).

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During this excursion, a volunteer and/or staff led hike (distances vary) will be given to those that would like to hike the trails or bring their horse on the trails (horses will not be provided) at Gator Creek Reserve.

Please wear close-toed shoes and comfortable outdoor clothing applicable to the current weather conditions. Please bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated while out on the trails. Insect repellant and sunscreen are also appropriate for protection. Binoculars provide safe wildlife viewing, please bring yours if you have them.

This is a guided group hike, so although photography will not be discouraged, we ask that you respect the interpreter by staying with the group.

Please bring a sack lunch to sit under the large, covered picnic shelter after the program has ended. Portable restrooms are located near the picnic areas.

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Gator Creek Reserve

9725 US Highway 98 North

Lakeland, FL 33809

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