The September meeting of the Loxahatchee chapter of the Florida Trail Association will be given over to a Labor Day family ice cream social extravaganza. Socialize with FTA members on Monday, Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Okeeheelee Nature Center.
Guests will learn about FTA membership during a family opportunity on helping with recreational wilderness foot paths in Palm Beach County.
Wilderness foot paths in Palm Beach County are extensive, with many rustic paths maintained by Loxahatchee chapter members. These footpaths are used for woods walking, hiking, back packing, jogging, running marathons, nature photography and more. They travel through natural pine flatwoods, sand dunes, oak scrub and wetland areas.
Using the trails has benefits, including helping to relieve weekly stress. The fresh air, sunshine and wildlife on a Florida nature trail increases vitality, energy and optimism. The trails provide a connection with nature that is beneficial to health and attitude. Helping to maintain them provides exercise in a social group through “Clip and Walks” to trim excess foliage growing into the paths.
The Okeeheelee Nature Center is located in Okeeheelee Park on Forest Hill Blvd. between Jog Road and Florida’s Turnpike. The FTA will meet in the screen room behind the nature center at 7 p.m. A road turn-in sign will be displayed. For more details, call Margaret Brabham at (561) 324-3543.