Nature Walks

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Urfer Family Park walking trailSarasota County offers miles of trails and thousands of acres to explore in our natural area parks and preserves. Walks often focus on a blooming wildflower, rare or endangered animals, different habitats or historical and cultural features.

This provides an in-depth experience for participants to learn the natural history or the human history of prehistoric Indians or settlers during a walk.

There are easy strolls on paved trails and longer hikes on winding footpaths through pristine woodlands. Our featured walks, led by local experts and Park Naturalists, provide the opportunity to explore the beautiful natural world around us.

Types of walks

  • Birds    
  • Plants
  • Wildlife
  • Botany
  • Butterflies/ Dragonflies
  • Astronomy
  • Fitness/Wellness

What to bring on a Nature Walk

Participants on County nature walks should wear suitable clothes and shoes for walking, plan for sun protection (hats, sunglasses, sun screen), and should have water with them. Most walks are less than two miles in distance and are 1 ½-2 hours in duration. Walks may be on paved or natural unpaved surfaces. Cameras and/or binoculars are encouraged!

Fun Facts

  • Approximately 200 nature walks are provided annually by county staff and volunteers to county residents free of charge.
  • Nature walks even happen at night - to view the Full Moon or Meteor Shower events!
  • Some walks focus on healthy activities or hobbies, like nature photography, meditation, geocaching or physical fitness.  
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