Parks That Teach
Recurring monthly on the 1st Saturday
- Phone: (941) 764-4340
- Time: 9:30 AM
Guided tours will be led by the University of Florida’s Master Gardeners, individuals who have completed an extensive training course in gardening sponsored by the University of Florida. As you walk thru the pathway, you will view the unique ecosystems of the mangroves, identify trees and shrubs, and learn how these plants can fit into your home landscape. In addition, you will experience the habitats that support many different Florida creatures including alligators, wading birds, turtles, fish, raccoon, and crabs. The Master Gardener guides will introduce native, non-native Florida Friendly (good to plant ) and invasive plants (not good to plant) and the difference between each. Learn about the importance of the mangrove community, it’s value as a habitat and the support it provides as nursery grounds for fish, birds, crabs and other creatures as well as the ability of the mangroves to survive under low oxygen and saline environments. Additional information and guided walks will be posted in the kiosk on the Parks that Teach corridor of the Punta Gorda Pathways at the Shreve Street and West Virginia Avenue crossing. The Parks That Teach Program is a Public – Private Partnership between the City, the Master Gardeners and Team Punta Gorda. Tours are scheduled monthly September – May on the first Saturday and third Wednesday at 9:30 am. RSVP is required from June to August. Tours depart from Fisherman’s Village parking lot near the outdoor fitness area and last approximately one and a half hours. It is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and footwear, and wear sunscreen. You might need to bring a hat and water as well! Master Gardeners are responsible for the Tours and are happy to schedule guided walks with groups (6 or more). Schedule at least 3-4 weeks prior to the date requested. Please call 941-764-4340 to check on this information.