2020 Fieldtrip

 Little Talbot Island Dune Tour & Beach Walk

Five miles of beautiful, white sandy beaches

Leaders: Florida Park Service ranger

Day: Thursday

Start Time at Site: 10:00 AM

End Time at Site: 1:00 PM

Difficulty: Moderate

Lunch Included? No

Handicap Access: No

Cost: $12 total = $7 at registration + $5 onsite

This tour will visit the ocean coast -- the birthplace of these unique, ubiquitous dune/scrub environments.  Little Talbot Island is one of Florida's few remaining undeveloped barrier islands.  Its 2,500 acres host a wide variety of wildlife and plants and provide nesting grounds for sea turtles and shorebirds.

The tour guide will lead a four-mile hike through modern and ancient dune systems that will cross several natural communities, including canopied maritime hammock and moist  depression marshes.  Then you will cross over a massive dune ridge down to the beach for the walk back to your starting point.  

During the hike you will see numerous native plants in dune systems and along the beach as well as seeing signs of coastal change, ecological succession and coastal conservation. 

After the hike, you can relax on the beach and explore other trails and areas of the island on you own.  Restrooms, shower facilities, picnic facilities and grills are available in several places.

Little Talbot Island. FWC photo by Jessica Therriault, CC BY-ND 2.0