As the cool weather of October rushes in, it’s the perfect season to get outside and enjoy all that nature has to offer! There are many places you can visit across the country, some even right in your area. From beaches to hiking trails, each is a great way to enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while bonding with family and friends. During this season, Nature Bridges is encouraging a Fall Scavenger Hunt where you can spot local flora and fauna as well as take a walk across our handcrafted bridges and walkways! Take time to visit the locations highlighted below and see which of these plants and animals you are able to spot.
New Smyrna Beach, Florida
Take in the beauty of the white sands and turquoise waters at New Smyrna Beach while searching for the following items:
A colorful shell – As you build sandcastles and keep active away from the water, have your eyes on the lookout and try to spot the most colorful shell nearby. Shells are simple and all around you, but they have beauty and importance too.
Sea Turtles – Each year, sea turtles arrive to the New Smyrna Beach area to nest. New Smyrna Beach hosts three different species of nesting sea turtle: loggerhead, green turtle, and leatherback.
Ghost Crabs – This one is tough! Ghost Crabs are generally pale in color, but they have the ability to change color to blend in with their surroundings. You can usually see them scooting across the sand at night.
Robinson Preserve, Bradenton, Florida
If you are looking to explore some marshlands, Robinson Preserve has a variety of flora and fauna native to its wetland habitat. Keep an eye out for the following:
Snowy Egret – While visiting, gaze into the sky to spot snowy egrets coasting above and then dipping down hunt for fish along the top of the water.
Buttonwood Trees – Try to spot these tough, green or brown berries hanging along the trailside at Robinson Preserve. These are the fruit of the buttonwood tree!
Beauty Berries – Beauty berry is a shrub found in shady patches around the preserve! Wildlife from birds to squirrels love the fruits however, humans find the fruits bland.
Lafayette Heritage Trail, Tallahassee, Florida
Wanting to take a hike and immerse yourself in nature just outside of the city? Lafayette Heritage Trail in Tallahassee is just the place to provide such an outdoor experience.
Ospreys – Take a walk along our trails and get a bird’s eye view of the ospreys soaring by the treetops and hunting for fish along the water.
Cypress Trees – Stroll down to the Piney Z and Lafayette lakesides to admire grand cypress trees stretching to the sky.
Alligators – As you are by the water, listen and look closely to see if you can spot any alligators crawling along the bank. Be sure to stay at a safe distance while admiring this powerful animal.
Bonus! Be on the lookout for painted rocks around the trails, or even bring your own for others to find. Make sure to spread the joy and beauty of any rocks you find or create by sharing them to social media and tagging @Tallahasseerocks!
Don’t miss out on the changing leaves, cooler weather, and abundance of natural beauty that surrounds us all. Get outside and discover all that nature has in store this fall season, and share what you find on our Facebook page or tag us in your photos on Instagram (@NatureBridges)! Also, click the link below to check out our other projects you can visit and explore. We hope your October is filled with lots of fall family fun!