City of Palm Bay’s New Interactive Self-Guided Tour Launches at Turkey Creek Sanctuary
By Space Coast Daily // August 23, 2020
Visitors will be able to scan QR Codes with their smartphones at forty different stations
BREVARD COUNTY • PALM BAY, FLORIDA – The City of Palm Bay recently completed the installation of a new interactive self-guided tour of Turkey Creek Sanctuary, located at 1502 Port Malabar Boulevard.
Visitors will be able to scan QR Codes with their smartphones at forty different stations along the boardwalk and will see pictures and information about different plants, animals, and features of the sanctuary.
Users who do not have the ability to scan the codes will have the option to enter a short URL into their web browser to access the information.
The immersive, interactive tour will lead visitors on a light to moderate 1.25-mile hike along Turkey Creek Sanctuary’s boardwalk.
Guests are advised to wear sturdy walking or hiking shoes and to bring water. The Sanctuary is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. until sunset and admission is free.
“The goal of the self-guided tour is to introduce visitors to many of the plants and animals found within Turkey Creek Sanctuary, some of which are endemic to Florida scrub habitat,” said Turkey Creek Sanctuary Park Ranger Tracey Wright.
“Examples include sand pines, large-flowered rosemary, scrub paw-paw and the gopher tortoise. Plant species found in Florida hardwood hammocks and floodplains are also highlighted on the tour.
“Many of these plants produce fruit and seeds that are important for birds and other wildlife. Migratory birds, including many species of warblers, utilize the hammock and floodplain habitat during their spring and fall migrations, earning Turkey Creek Sanctuary the distinction of being a designated stop on the Great Florida Birding Trail,” said Wright.
Andy Dimmig, Parks & Recreation Community Outreach Coordinator added, “Since we have had to suspend our live ranger-led tours for the time being, adding this self-guided tour allows people the chance to get out and learn about the sanctuary on their own schedule.”
For more information about the Turkey Creek Sanctuary, please visit www.PlayPalmBay.org or call 321- 676-6690.
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