Free Grassy Waters guided walks on National Trails Day

Grassy Waters Preserve (Tony Doris / The Palm Beach Post)

National Trails Day is coming up June 3, and West Palm Beach’s Grassy Waters Preserve is offering three free programs for the public to enjoy our stretch of the Everglades.

Grassy Waters Preserve offers guided environmental learning opportunities on the edge of a 23-square-mile wetlands.  This vast watershed was historically the headwaters of the Loxahatchee River system and the gateway to the Northern Everglades.

The city’s Public Utilities Department manages, protects and enhances this remnant Everglades ecosystem that supplies the fresh drinking water to more than 130,000 people in West Palm Beach, the Town of Palm Beach, and the Town of South Palm Beach.  The Preserve includes a nature center, an accessible boardwalk trail, hiking, biking, guided canoe and kayak programs.

All Trails Day activities are free, but space is limited, so reservations are required, by calling 561-804-4985.

Here are the walks:

Swamp Tromp

Take a walk on the wild side during this hike through the cypress swamp.  Be prepared to get wet and muddy! This hike is on a rugged trail that requires stepping over and ducking under vegetation and other obstacles. Wear closed-toed shoes & clothing that can get wet and muddy. Bring water & bug repellent.

Time:   10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Ages:   8 and over (with participating adult).

Location: South Campus, 8264 Northlake Blvd.

Hog Hammock Trail Hike

Enjoy an easy paced hike through the Northern Everglades on a mixed dirt and boardwalk trail. Along the way, you’ll discover the unique history and ecology of this important hammock forest habitat. Wear closed-toed shoes and bring water, hat, bug spray & sunscreen.

Time: 1 – 2 p.m.

Ages:   8 and over (with participating adult).

Location: North Campus, Hog Hammock Trail

8537 Northlake Blvd.

A Walk through Time: Boardwalk Hike

Learn about Florida’s first supermarket: our Everglades wetlands. Discover the food, tools and shelters used by our area’s Native American tribes on this relaxing hike along our Cypress Boardwalk Trail.  Wear closed-toe shoes & bring sunscreen, hat, and water.

Time:   3 p.m – 4 p.m.

Ages:  4 and over (with participating adult).

Location: South Campus, 8264 Northlake Blvd.