The Land Trust's popular conservation tours return this season.
Tours are free to the public, some tours are limited to 30 participants. They are conducted by one of the Land Trust's Stewards who provide an overview of the habitats and the property's importance to conservation efforts in the community. Expect the unexpected with bird watching and native wildlife observation.
Participants should wear comfortable shoes and clothes for walking. There are always great opportunities for using a camera and binoculars.
To make a reservations call 772-794-0701, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sponsored by: Bill and Laura Buck
Indian River Land Trust Site Tours:
Padgett Creek Ranches
Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17.
Limited to 15 Participants per day. (RSVP Required)
This 1,600-acre Florida ranchland property, preserved by the County with conservation easements in 2007, contains the Padgett Branch, an old-Florida waterway which is part of the fresh water feeder system to Blue Cypress Lake.
On the tour, you will embark on one of the Padgett Ranch buggies accompanied by a guide who will provide an overview of the easements and their importance to the conservation efforts in our community. Guests will have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty surrounding them and can expect excellent bird watching and other native wildlife observation.
Toni Robinson Waterfront Trail
Though this property is open to the public, special tours are being conducted as follows. There is no need to RSVP. Please check our website for weather cancellations the day prior to the event.
November 11 - 9:00 AM
December 2 - 9:00 AM
January 6 - 9:00 AM
February 3 - 9:00 AM
March 3 - 9:00 AM
March 25 - 1:00 PM
This 50-acre block of conservation lands is situated on the west side of the Lagoon a mile south of the Wabasso Causeway. It contains oak trees, scrub forest, mangroves, and beautiful views of the Indian River Lagoon.
You will be treated to a tour by one of the Land Trust's naturalists who will identify and describe the flora and fauna on this special property. The trails comprise a walk through an open canopy of scrub habitat and oak forest to the mangrove loop trail which includes a stroll along a boardwalk through the mangrove forest and a pier that extends into the Lagoon.
Bee Gum Point
Weekday tours will be conducted on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 AM. There is no need to RSVP. Please check our website for weather cancellations the day prior to the event.
A Family Tour will be offered on Saturday, January 28 at 9:00 AM. There is no need to RSVP. Please check our website for weather cancellations the day prior to the event.
Birding Tour will take place on Saturday Mornings at 7:00 AM There is no need to RSVP. Please check our website for weather cancellations the day prior to the event.
Situated on the Atlantic Flyway, this 111-acre property is part of an important block of conservation lands acquired by the Land Trust along the Indian River Lagoon in 2011. It was one of the last unprotected wetlands on the barrier island and includes a mile of Lagoon shoreline.
On an easy but extensive walk on a sandy trail, tour participants will learn the importance of the property as a part of the Flyway, a corridor for millions of migrating birds each year, and gain insight to the marvelous saltwater ponds on the property. There are usually opportunities to view a variety of native bird species in their natural undeveloped wetland habitat.
Friday, March 10 at 9:00 AM. Limited to 30 Participants. (RSVP Required).
This 45-acre property is a man-made wetland designed and managed by the County to cleanse well-water brine and enhance wading bird habitat. It directly adjoins IRLT's Winter Beach Salt Marsh, a 51-acre conservation area containing one of the last remaining high salt marshes in our county.
Tour participants will enjoy an easy, one-mile walk on uncovered boardwalks allowing participants to view the shallow, man-made marshes and associated wildlife with a guide who will describe this unique project and its positive impacts on the environment.
The Lagoon Green Way
Though this property is open to the public, special tours are being conducted on the following Fridays at 9:00AM. There is no need to RSVP. Please check our website for weather cancellations the day prior to the event.
This exciting 187-acre property is located at the corner of 8th Street and Indian River Boulevard. It boasts an ecologically diverse three-mile trail system for hiking, jogging or bicycling. This area is an example of a public/ private partnership developed by the Land Trust, working with Indian River County Commissioners, the Indian River Mosquito Control District and
F.I.N.D. (Florida Inland Navigation District).
You will be treated to a tour by two of the Land Trust's volunteer naturalists who are familiar with all of nature's wonders on the property from the Lagoon to the manmade butterfly garden.
Personalized tours of all IRLT project areas are available by appointment.