Friday, September 9, 2016

Meeting September 22 about Environmentally Endangered Lands Program

Welcome back to the Fall 2016 series of Turtle Coast Sierra Club Meetings!  
We start off on September 22 with a meeting about the Environmentally Endangered Lands Program.  Our speaker will be Mike Knight, Program Manager.  

The Environmentally Endangered Lands (EEL) Program was established in 1990 to protect the natural habitats of Brevard County by acquiring environmentally sensitive lands for conservation, passive recreation, and environmental education. Program Manager Mike Knight will discuss the past, present & future of our treasured EELS program.   

The meeting will run from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, with social time from 6:30 to 7:00, and will take place at the Friendship Fellowship at Pineda--Unitarian Universalist of the Space Coast, 3115 Friendship Place, Rockledge,FL 32955, off Hwy 1 just north of Suntree Blvd. 
Light refreshments will be served.

Sams House

Monday, July 11, 2016


 Upcoming Fall Outings

Title: Tour de Palm Bay
Day and Date:  Saturday, 24 September 2016
Call to reserve your spot and find out location: 321-674-7106
Arrive by time: 7:45 AM
Start time: 8:00 AM
Description:  Join us for an out-and-back bicycle ride in South-West Palm Bay.  We will ride approximately 15 miles round trip through lightly traveled, suburban streets with smooooth pavement.  One segment will take us down Happiness Avenue (no joke!).  The two segments before our turn-around will be on a bike path and then along the new St. Johns Heritage Parkway.  Riders will get a first hand look at how this bit of “progress” will change the western half of the city.  If there is interest, we may extend the ride north of Emerson onto the very new portion that will soon connect with US 192.  The bridge over the Melbourne-Tillman canal offers sweeping, serene views of rural Florida in one direction and suburban sprawl in another.  A second bridge can be reached if the group wants to add another 2 to 3 miles (one way) to the ride.
Duration: Allow two hours and expect the pace to vary from 11 to 15 mph.  A cue sheet will be provided to all riders.
Group size limit: 14
Level of activity:  Easy to moderate
Gear to bring: Helmets are required for all riders.  Slather on plenty of sunscreen.  Two full water bottles are suggested.  Freeze one-fourth of one and half of the other.
Restroom availability: Full service at McGriff Park.  An optional detour into Palm Bay Regional Park offers another rest stop near the mid-point.  The detour adds about 1.5 miles to the ride.
Other considerations: 

(1)    Outing will be canceled if it rains.

October 16 - 9 am - Bike ride - Rockledge   Join Turtle Coast Sierra Club as we take a bike ride on Rockledge River Drive. This is a beautiful, scenic road along the Indian River Lagoon with minimal traffic. We hope to see dolphin, manatee and many varieties of birds. The road is also lined with lots of historic homes from the 1800's. It will be a leisurely 13 miles. The trip will start and end in Cocoa Village where there will be an option to gather for brunch. Call 321-432-4346 to reserve your spot and to find out the meeting location. You must wear a helmet. Sunscreen and water is recommended.

Title: A Spook-tacular Day Hike
Day and Date:  Saturday, 29 October 2016
Call to reserve your spot and find out trailhead location: 321-674-7106
Arrive by time: 7:45 AM
Start time: 8:00 AM
Description: Join us for a leisurely day-hike in Bull Creek WMA.  We will walk through mixed palm and hardwood hammocks, over two bridges and along dirt roads in sunny pine flat-woods to reach the cemetery in Bull Creek WMA. We will tour the cemetery before retracing our path to the trailhead.  This area was recently renamed the Herky-Huffman WMA.  No hunting is scheduled for this weekend.  We may get lucky with a cool front but plan for heat and humidity.
Duration: 7 miles round trip or about 4 hours
Group size limit: 14
Level of activity:  Easy to moderate.  Participants are asked to have recent experience walking 6 to 7 miles.
Gear to bring: Hat, sunscreen, bug spray, hiking boots, minimum of 2 quarts of water, snack, day-pack or waist-pack
Restroom availability: None.  Be comfortable with Leave No Trace practices (bring TP and a trowel).
Other considerations: 
(1)    Outing is dependent on good weather the day of the event and minimal rain during the two weeks before the event.