Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
Old State Road-905 and Carysfort Restoration
Leaders: Janice Duquesnel, Keys biologist & submerged resources biologist, District 5, Florida State Parks
Start Time at Site: 9:00 AM
End Time at Site: 1:00 PM
Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
Lunch Included? No
Handicap Access: No
We will start the field trip at the northern entrance to Old State Road-905 and walk along the old road identifying Keys' flora and fauna. Afterwards we will drive south to the former Carysfort Yacht Club where we will see more Keys' flora and fauna, discuss coastal restoration of this site, and look at a few outplanting sites of semaphore cactus (Opuntia corallicola), a long term conservation project. This field trip falls within the survey window of the federally endangered Schaus swallowtail butterfly.
Both field trip sites are on level ground, but the Carysfort site is not paved.
What to bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen. Wear long sleeves, long pants and close-toed shoes, and mosquito repellent or mosquito netting.
Directions using Google Maps to Old State Road 905 & County Rd. 905, Key Largo, FL 33037*
Directions using Apple Maps to coordinates: 25.30489 -80.29761
Lunch options south in Key Largo, north on the mainland, or bring a picnic.
Note: traffic north to Miami can be heavy on Sundays from mid-afternoon.
*Note: Click link (gathering point address above) for real-time directions from your location using Google Maps. If you would like to view directions from the Miccosukee Resort, enter the starting point as 500 SW 177th Ave, Miami, FL 33194. By allowing more time than you think is required, you can make your ride there more relaxing.
GPS Location Latitude: 25.30489 Longitude: -80.29761