Florida Trail Association

Highlanders Chapter

Activities and Maps

We try NOT to cancel any activities, but the older we get, the more things can change.  Please check the website, or call or email the activity leader,  or call Bobbi @787-8654  to confirm events.

Wednesdays If you would like to receive an email about where and when some of the hikers in The Villages hike, you can subscribe to the yahoo group site:  http://groups.yahoo.com/thevillageshikingclub scroll down near the bottom and hit the subscribe button, to unsubscribe, there is also a button there.  You do not have to live in the Villages to attend these hikes.  
Thursday August 23, 2018 Highlanders Summer Picnic Pot Luck - 5 PM at Lake Griffin State Park.  Pavillion near the children's playground.  Admission charge $5 to enter the state park.  Bring a cold dish to share and your own drink.  We will meet at about 5 PM & eat at 6 PM.  The chapter will provide plates & utensils.   If you have a kayak, you can launch near the parking area.  Or you might be able to rent a kayak from the state park office.  Hiking available, be sure to bring bug repellent.   28.857270 -81.900548
Thursday September 27, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:   We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:   Linda Willinski- Nature Photography   28.811093  -81.874858 
Friday-Sunday September 28-30, 2018  6th Annual Florida Trail Association Trail Skills Training Event.  BSA Camp LaNoChe, Paisley, FL.  Technical Trail Skills course or Wilderness First Aid course. Limited enrollment. Free camping and meals. To Register contact: Francis Keenan  fkeenan@embarqmail.com  352 787-8654
Friday-Sunday

October 5-7, 2018 Florida Trail Association Annual Conference.  Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in Earl Brown Park Deland, FL  Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the National Trails System  FREE EVENT  Learn about America’s important trails and opportunities to enjoy, traverse and volunteer on them. Check out various presentations, demos and displays; and meet a variety of outdoor leaders.  Hear from compelling guests, including: our Friday evening speaker, outdoor diversity advocate and author, Audrey Peterman and on Saturday night, well-known speed-hiker and author, Jennifer Pharr Davis.

Other exciting guests from the outdoor community will also be present Sandra Friend and John Keatley's official book launch and book signing for the new, full-color Third Edition of 50 Hikes in Central Florida.   Attend an FNST Coalition Meeting (Sat., Oct. 6, 9 - 11:30am)  Live music and exciting gear raffle. Register for this event on the Florida Trail Website! 

Friday-Sunday

October 12-14 Florida Trail Association Work Crew Event- Seminole State Forest  Trail Re-route.  Register on the FTA Web Site for this special event for free camping and meals and further information. Our Highlanders Chapter is sponsoring this event which will be led by Kelly Weiner, Regional Program Director. We will need volunteers to support the Event for set up, cooking, clean up, transport, etc.

Chapter members not camping can come on Saturday and/or Sunday as for a regular Chapter work hike.  Meet in Cassia at the Brantley Branch Road entrance before 9 AM. Please be on time as we will be shuttling to another area to work.  Please bring insect spray, hats, lunch, etc. and lots of water (must carry 2 qts water). If you have further questions call or email:  Bobbi Keenan bobbiszoo@yahoo.com  787-8654  28.890749 -81.461616       DO NOT PUBLISH
Tuesday October 16, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:  DAY AND DATE CHANGE:  We are meeting on Tuesday due to the conflicts with the library schedule.    We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:  Patti Hope Huizing- Climate Reality     28.811093  -81.874858 
Tuesday October 23, 2018 Work Hike Ocala National Forest. Farles Prairie FR30-HWY40. Meet before 9:00 AM in the parking lot on the west side of Highway 19 that is 2 1/2 miles north of the turn off to Alexander Springs (Highway 445). Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can plan teams and equipment.  Please be on time as we will be shuttling to another area to work.  If you have further questions call or email bobbiszoo@yahoo.com 787-8654.  Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, and lots of water (must carry two quarts).   29.073833 -81.629374 DO NOT PUBLISH
Saturday November 3, 2018 Work Hike Ocala National Forest.  Farles Prairie FR 22 Buck Lake  Meet before 9:00 AM in the parking lot on the west side of Highway 19 that is 2 1/2 miles north of the turn off to Alexander Springs (Highway 445). Please let us know if you plan to attend so that we can plan teams and equipment.  Please be on time as we will be shuttling to another area to work.  If you have further questions call or email bobbiszoo@yahoo.com 787-8654.  Bring hat, gloves, sunscreen, bug repellent, lunch, and lots of water (must carry two quarts).   29.073833 -81.629374 DO NOT PUBLISH
Thursday November 15, 2018  Highlanders Chapter General Meeting:  NOTE:  We are meeting the 3rd Thursday.  We meet at the Leesburg Public Library 100 East Main Street in the meeting rooms at the front of the library.  Meeting starts at 6:00 PM. Come earlier for social time.  Please bring your aluminum cans to recycle in non-dripping plastic bags and a snack to share.  Open to the Public.  Program:   Michele Hoffman- Oriane Center for Indigo Snakes 28.811093  -81.874858 

 

 

 

 

 

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