Boyd Hill Nature Preserve

Gopher Tortoise Interpretive Hike and

the Use of Live Animals in

Environmental Education Programs

Leaders: Stephanie Coutant, Boyd Hill Nature Preserve and George L. Heinrich, Heinrich Ecological Services


Boyd Hill Nature Preserve is a 400-acre natural area in urban St. Petersburg that hosts over 85,000 visitors annually and is home to several listed species and diverse natural communities. Join us to learn about the natural history and conservation of gopher tortoises and ongoing habitat management efforts among high urban interface. The preserve is home to the largest remaining population of gopher tortoises in the southern Pinellas Peninsula. This field trip will include a leisurely two-hour hike focusing on the natural history and conservation of gopher tortoises as well as ongoing habitat management efforts. You will also learn about the thriving volunteer program, the many successful EE programs and the preserve’s use of live animal ambassadors.  


Friday, March 16, 2018

1:00-5:00 p.m.

$20, carpool at registration table