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Field Trip Friday: Turkey Creek Sanctuary

December 7th, 2012 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Field Trip Fridays | Homeschool | unschool

The weather has been very warm lately so for out Field Trip Friday outing this week we loaded up and headed to Turkey Creek Sanctuary.   We discovered this hidden treasure last year (thank you Kristi!) and it has become one of our favorite places to explore.

Turkey Creek Sanctuary is located at 1502 Port Malabar Blvd. NE, the Sanctuary and encompasses 130 acres of natural Florida along the banks of Turkey Creek.  The Sanctuary offers nearly 1.25 miles of boardwalk for exploring the sanctuary and enjoying nature along Turkey Creek.  There are some 3.5 miles of jogging and hiking trails and 1 mile of mountain bike trail with a direct connection to an additional 8 miles.  You could easily spend all day here!

We met our friends and headed to the boardwalk.  There are many creatures to keep an eye out for while exploring through Turkey Creek Sanctuary.  There are manatees, alligators, otters, fish and turtles in the creek.

The pine canopy is breathtaking and you can often spot osprey and owls.

We took a break at the creek to feed the turtles…

We were sure not to feed the alligators!

Audrey did her exploring comfortably!

Once we were finished exploring the outdoors we headed inside to the Margaret Hames Nature Center.  There are many hands on learning activities for the kids….

And lots of  animals and skeletons to check out.  This is a coyote….

And a manatee above the Christmas tree…..

There is also a  library that shares the parking lot so we had to stop in….

We decided to head to the park with our field trip friends to play….

And eat lunch…..

Field Trip Fridays are certainly one of our favorite days!  To see more of our field trip Friday adventures please click here.

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