Enchanted Forest Sanctuary To Host Plethora of Events In October

By  //  September 27, 2015

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An exciting October is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Join them for one of the many programs and events they are offering. All events are free. (Enchanted Forest Sanctuary imge)

An exciting October is planned at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Join them for one of the many programs and events they are offering. All events are free. (Enchanted Forest Sanctuary imge)

BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary has an exciting month planned for October.

All events are free.

A “Flagship” sanctuary, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is the first property that was purchased by the Brevard County EEL Program.

This 470-acre forest is part of a sanctuary network that the EEL Program is working to establish in the county.

Every Saturday at 10 a.m. Guided Walk

Enjoy a 45-minute guided hike.  Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed, unless you are a group of 5 or more.

Saturday, October 3, 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.Dicerandra Guided Hike

Join guide Jim Stahl for a guided hike through the Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary (DSS).  See fall wildflowers and Florida scrub jays.  DSS is home to Dicerandra thinicola, a mint plant found only in North Brevard County.  Spots limited, call 321-264-5185 to register.

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Hike will meet at Dicerandra Scrub Sanctuary, 4900 Melissa Dr., Titusville, FL  32780.  Please wear closed-toed shoes, sunscreen, a hat, and bring water.

Sat., October 3 & Wed, October 21, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.Volunteer Orientation

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment!  Come learn about the various volunteer opportunities.

Friday, October 9, 1:30pm – 3 p.m.Sanctuary School – Creepy Crawlies

Homeschoolers ages 6-10 and their families are invited to enjoy a program on insects and arachnids!  Spots limited.  Please call 321.264.5185 to register.

Saturday, October 10, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.Family Fungus Day

Discover local mushrooms on a Guided Fungus Hike, learn about some magnificent mushrooms with hands-on activities, and even make your own mushroom craft to take home!  This FREE event is sponsored by Toyota and the National Environmental Education Foundation through the Everyday Events Grant!

Wednesday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 10:45amNature Time for 2-3 Year Olds

September’s theme is Nocturnal Nature!  We will read a story and do hands-on activities as we explore the creatures of the night!  Spots limited.  Please call 321.264.5185 to register.

Thursday, October 15, 6:30pm – 8:30pmFriends of the Enchanted Forest Meeting – “EEL North Region Update”

Join the Friends of the Enchanted Forest for an update from Xavier de Seguin des Hons, EEL North Region Land Manager, on the land management activities of the North Region of the EEL Program and a report on the species cataloged during Bioblitz in May.  Light refreshments served at 6:30pm, meeting and presentation begins at 7:00pm.

Saturday, October 17

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary Exploration Ride

Enjoy a leisurely trailer bench ride through Scottsmoor Flatwoods Sanctuary, exploring plants and wildflowers of East Central Florida Pine Flatwoods and Oak-Saw Palmetto Scrub with Plant Ecologist Dr. Paul Schmalzer.  Spots limited, call 321.264.5185 to preregister.  Please wear closed-toed shoes, a hat, sunscreen, and bring water.  Please meet at Scottsmoor Parrish Park (4055 Magoon Ave., Scottsmoor, FL  32775) at 8:45am.

9 a.m. – 11 a.m.Photography Club

Program for all levels of photography. View photographs and learn helpful tips. This program is free and reservations are not required.

Sunday, October 18, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.Forest Funday – Nocturnal Nature

Children and their families are invited to learn about nocturnal animals and make a craft between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Wednesday, October 21, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.Lunch with Nature – “Everything You’ve Ever Wanted to Know About Florida Black Bears”

Bring a brown-bag lunch and enjoy a special presentation by Tom Shupe, FWC District Wildlife Biologist on Florida black bear biology, history, and environmental importance.

Saturday, October 24, 2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.Reptile & Snake Presentation

Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest’s reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Wednesday, October 28, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting – “Edible Plants of Florida”

Enjoy a special presentation by Peggy Lantz on edible plants of Florida.  Light refreshments served at 6:30pm, meeting and presentation will start at 7:00pm.

Saturday, October 31, 11 a.m.“From Burke and Hare to the Body Farm: The History of Anatomical Teaching Material”

Enjoy a spooky presentation!  Patrisha Meyers, Director of FHSAI and the Brevard Museum of History and Natural Science will discuss the curious history of anatomical teaching material. The need to advance scientific knowledge of the human body requires detailed study of human anatomy.

However, at times this need has conflicted with ethical issues surrounding the utilization of human remains, engendering heated debate for over two hundred years. Join us for a discussion of past practices and current issues regarding the acquisition of human bodies for teaching purposes.

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ABOUT THE ENCHANTED FOREST SANCTUARY

Located in the southern limits of the City of Titusville, the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary preserves a diversity of natural habitats.

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The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary preserves a diversity of natural habitats.

Several miles of hiking trails allow visitors to enjoy the natural beauty of the region. Wildlife observation, nature photography, and hiking are popular recreational activities. A wonderful wealth of plant life also abounds as both temperate (northern) and subtropical (southern) species grow in the Sanctuary together. The Management & Education Center interprets the Sanctuary’s unique natural features for visitors of all ages and abilities.

There are five basic habitat types found at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary: Oak scrub, mesic and hydric hammock, wet prairie, and pine flatwood. Wildlife species found here include the Eastern indigo snake, Florida scrub lizard, gopher tortoise, white-tailed deer, and bobcat.


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