Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
Port Bougainville 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
Cost: $7 + $2.50 per person
Start at the entrance to Port Bougainville to learn about the proposed development of this site, the environmental challenges of preventing development, and the long term restoration of this section of the park. Then we will walk the nature trail identifying Keys' flora and fauna. Afterwards we will drive to the former Carysfort Yacht Club where we will see additional 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.
Fee: $7 + $2.50 park fee (honor box).
What to Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen. Wear long sleeves, long pants and close-toed shoes, and mosquito repellent or mosquito netting.
Directions to gathering point at County Road 905 & Loquat Dr., Key Largo, FL 33037* (on Rd. 905 about 500 feet BEYOND Loquat Dr.; park near tiled arch gate): From Miccosukee Hotel, turn right and continue southbound on Krome. Continue 23 miles through Homestead onto Hwy 1 South toward Key Largo. Continue 20 miles south on US-1 to Co.Rd. 905. Just before Co.Rd. 905 will be a bridge over the water and a sweeping right turn bend as you come onto the Keys. On that bend get into the left turn lane, green sign shows left "Card Sound Rd." (this is just BEFORE the "Emergency Signal" traffic light). Keep turning left to head northeast on Co.Rd. 905. Continue (.4 mile) on Co.Rd. 905 looking on the right side for the tiled arch of Dagny Johnson State Park.
Lunch options south in Key Largo, north on the mainland, or bring a picnic lunch.
*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: 25.17617 -80.36968