Wildflower Wonderland Tour

April 8, 2023 @ 10:00AM — 2:00PM Eastern Time (US & Canada)

Apalachicola Lowlands Preserve: 3.3 miles NW on CR 379 from Sumatra Grocery store Sumatra, FL 32321 Get Directions

Wildflower Wonderland Tour image

Wildflower Wonderland on the Apalachicola Lowlands Preserve

Join Coastal Plains Institute President Ryan Means for a day exploring CPI’s Apalachicola Lowlands Preserve. Our attention will be focused on the wondrous wildflowers to be seen in the prime month of April. We also will discuss longleaf pine ecology and restoration practices used by CPI to manage the preserve.

This 80-acre inholding within the western Apalachicola National Forest used to be a slash pine plantation. After 30 years of frequent 'ecological' burning and other management practices, it is now a magnificent longleaf and slash pine savannah. We’ll walk a nature trail kept up by the deer, and discuss the delicate ecological relationships that make the longleaf pine ecosystem so biologically diverse. The Apalachicola Lowlands Preserve is now home to 17 species of federally or state listed plants! Proceeds from the tour fee go towards helping us manage the property.

Come out and see for yourself what real Florida looks like. The $25 tour fee goes to support our management of this property, including the new bridge that allows you access to our stunning northwest corner — rich with rare plants and rare habitats such as pristine seepage slope covered in carnivorous plants. Tour limited to 20 people.

Directions to where we will park all our vehicles:

From State Road 65 in the center of Sumatra, Florida, turn Westward onto County Road 379. Proceed Northwestward for approx. 3.3 miles until you approach a small bridge over Rowlett's Creek. Just before the bridge, there is a grassy parking area on the North side of the road. Pull onto in. Ryan will be waiting with a warm smile and a handshake.

Things to know:
  • Pack snacks/lunch and water bottle (we'll have a water jug for refills)
  • Wear sturdy hiking shoes - we will be walking 3-4 miles throughout our property on unsteady ground
  • We might get wet feet
  • There is no running water or bathroom facilities on our property
  • There is little to no cell service

Cancellation Policy: If we have to cancel for some reason, you can get on a wait list for another equivalent tour or ecoadventure, make your payment a donation, or receive a refund. We will notify you if we are fully booked and have a wait list. After that point, you will only receive a cancellation refund if we fill your spot on the tour.

Support us with a donation.