Plant Hike a Riverside Hammock
The Santa Fe River area contains the largest numbers of tree and shrub species per unit area in the continental U.S., with canopy so dense sunlight touches the ground only in the winter. Learn more from Colette Jacono, PhD, a botanist and plant ecologist, as she explores a mesic hammock on a 1.5-mile hike along the Santa Fe River on Saturday, March 24.
The hike is one of many RiverFest 2018 events sponsored by Our Santa Fe River, Inc. this spring. Jacono will share her specialization in aquatic and wetland plants during the two-hour hike. The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the Gilchrist County Santa Fe River Park, located at the boat ramp on State Road 47. Participants will search for flowering herbs of early spring, learn the common and uncommon hardwood trees, and recognize the diversity of flowering shrubs that flourish in this fire-free habitat.
This event is limited to 20 people and the cost is $20 to benefit Our Santa Fe River, Inc., a North Florida non-profit organization comprised of volunteers. All proceeds are used to educate and advocate for the river, springs and aquifer. Tickets to this event and other RiverFest events can be purchased here.