Monday, November 24, 2008

December Tours from Around the Bend, Manatee County

--- On Mon, 11/24/08, Karen Fraley <> wrote:
Hello from Around the Bend Nature Tours!
Join us this month for a fun series of tours.
This series is for the casual walker who wishes to learn the stories of the land and its inhabitants.
Leisurely paced and relaxing. A 2 hour tour takes you about 1 mile on the trail...
Give us a call or return e-mail to reserve your spot in December.
For 2009 we will be offering new tours - Wilderness Hikes in Public Lands!
Stay tuned for more info!

Vanishing EcoSystems Series

December 3rd, 10th & 17th

9am – 11:30am


Wednesday December 3rd

Emerson Point Park, Snead Island , Palmetto. The coastal strand ecosystem and mangrove forest await you at Emerson Point. Walk back in time 1000 years and explore the aura of the ancients with a naturalist guide at the largest remaining Native American temple mound on Tampa Bay . Interact with replica tools and walk the trails of this 1000 year old Indian village. Butterflies and birds abound here beside the Manatee River on Terra Ceia Bay . 


Wednesday December 10th

Felts Audubon Preserve & Terra Ceia Preserve, Palmetto. Over 100 species have been at Felts Preserve! The Felts bird blind provides a unique viewing opportunity. Otis Felts left a 30-acre parcel to the Manatee Audubon when he passed away in 2002.  Now their dream is to use the property as an environmental education center for people of all ages. The newest addition to the Florida State Park system is Terra Ceia Preserve. The 1909 Haley House is a restored Florida architectural treasure. Wetlands and restored uplands provide many different habitat experiences.


Wednesday December 17th

Rye Preserve, East Manatee a short drive east of I-75. Discover the vanishing ancient Florida Scrub ecosystem on the banks of the Upper Manatee River . Was this a beach 10,000 years ago? All that remains of the 1850's pioneer settlement of Rye is a quaint cemetery. But Rye was a once thriving village at the turn of the last century with its own post office, sawmills, and water supply. 



Discover the rich natural and cultural heritage of Manatee County .



Sign up for all 3 and get $5 off!


$40 for the series of 3


Reservations required: (941) 794-8773 or


At Around the Bend Nature Tours our goal is to give a sense of Florida as "home", to encourage greater appreciation of Florida 's rich history, and promote conservation of Florida 's wildlands for future generations of people, native plants and animals.

Guides are Professionally Certified Master Naturalists through the
University of Florida and National Association of Interpretation
Gift certificates are available for your own tour - see sample attached.
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Hope to see you out on the trail! Until then...
Go Wild!
Karen A. Fraley
Around the Bend Nature Tours LLC
1815 Palma Sola Boulevard
Bradenton, FL  34209
(941) 794-8773 phone & fax
Go Wild!  and Learn the Florida Story...
"The Everglades is a test. If we pass it we get to keep the planet."
Marjory Stoneman Douglas

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