10/21/17 Take your political representative to a Field Trip!
A Special Field Trip with a Special Guest!
Bring water and a snack!
Drive a truck or carpool with someone with 4 wheel drive!
Cameras and curiosity welcomed :)
No charge/admission fee
****8am at the Publix or 8:30am at the Warea tract. The Publix location is strongly recommended for newbies as the physical address for the Warea tract is easy to miss! Please drive a truck or carpool with someone with 4-wheel drive. We will be walking and driving around the property.
The Warea Tract will be the perfect spot for our October field trip. Mike Martin, our guide and part of the FL Forestry Division, has confirmed that the plot has sustained little to no damage due to Hurricane Irma and is still good to go. This is a great opportunity to see some very endangered wildflowers including clasping warea and Florida bonamia, plus lots of other fall blooming wildflowers!
We are celebrating October FL Native Plant Month with a 'Take your political representative to a field trip initiative'. Eric Rollings, chair for Orange County's Soil and Water Conservation. We hope Eric will be delighted to see exceptionally rare plants blooming in rare scrub and flatwood habitat that is rapidly being surrounded by urban sprawl.
Place to meet before getting to Warea Tract/physical address (8am-8:15am):
Publix Stoneybrook Store #1158
15502 Stoneybrook West Pkwy Ste 100
Winter Garden, FL 34787-4767
Main: (407) 654-6404
Warea Tract/Physical Address (8:30-8:45am) :
17419 W Phil C Peters Road
Winter Garden, Florida 34787
Photo above: Clasping warea (Warea amplexifolia). A rare, federally endangered, and endemic plant to Central Florida!
Directions: First, get to Avalon Rd in West Orange County. From downtown Orlando take 408W to Good Homes Rd., head south to Old Winter Garden Rd. Turn right (west). At the end of the road turn left on Maguire. Take Maguire south to Roberson. Take Roberson west (Road name will change to Stoney Brook PKWY). Go all the way to Avalon and stop at the Publix on the left in Stoneybrook West Village (address is 15502 Stoneybrook West Parkway, Winter Garden). This stop is for restrooms and carpooling. Be there by 8:00. It takes just another twelve minutes to reach the site.
After Publix, take Avalon left (south). Avalon will make two right angle turns so that you go west, then south again. Then it is about a mile to the final turn to the right on Phil C Peters Rd. Go a little over a mile, crossing the Lake County boundary, and you will see a forestry service truck on the right. You have arrived.
****Be sure to arrive at the nearest Publix by 8:00 for a pit stop and if you're carpooling. Please drive a truck or carpool with someone with 4-wheel drive. We will be walking and driving around the property. THERE ARE NO RESTROOMS ON SITE. If you have not been to the Warea tract before, it is HIGHLY recommended that you meet at the Publix. The physical address for the Warea tract is easy to miss on GPS!