Wet Walks for the Public

The 2019 summer walk schedule is posted below. Please read the details first.

The Friends of the Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve are again hosting off the boardwalk strolls along the wet walk trail usually closed to the public. The invigorating, beautiful path is immersed in the watery heart of the Slough. Group size is limited to 16. You must be at least 10 years old to participate because of the possible water depth. 

                   Reservations required.  Contact Charles O'Connor at rcoc77@embarqmail.com

Attire: long pants, secure shoes that won’t pull off (e.g., no Crocs, flip-flops, flimsy shoes) and bring a change of clothing (changing rooms are available). Guests with improper shoes will not be allowed on the trail, per Parks and Recreation safety rules. 

You’ll be encountering many submerged roots and occasional cypress knees, so you’ll want to be protected. If you have trouble walking or have poor balance, skip the wet walk. The elevated wooden walkway is more easily negotiated. The wet walk trail is not for guests who need assistance, or have trouble with knees, ankles or balance.

We’ll be walking in fresh, clean rainwater, usually up to our waists. You will exit wet but not muddy, and we have a rinse off hose.  Your clothing will later dry out and can be reused. There’s no need for insect repellent because the slough water is constantly flowing and mosquitoes need stagnant water to breed.  Rarely, there are a few mosquitoes that arrive from off site. This trail has been safely enjoyed for over 45 years by 10's of thousands of  walkers. You will not have any problems with wildlife.

We meet under the parking lot pavilion. Waterproof cameras are best, and expect everything to get wet.  I can store any electronic car keys safely in a dry, secure room. We will wait for fleeting lightning storms to pass but tropical storms or continuous harsh weather will cause a cancellation.  Light rain is not a problem, and as you may have experienced, Florida weather can change quickly.

Please allow time to visit the amazing Interpretive Center on site. Hours are Tuesday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm. It has a wonderful display of photo contest winning images, a gift shop with unique treasures, and the interpretive exhibits are top quality. You’ll really enjoy the interactive displays.

Wet walk donations ($10 - 25 suggested) are used to sponsor summer camp scholarships, purchase educational supplies, fund student slough trips, and to support educational programs. If you feel that you want to donate more, please do.  All donations are very appreciated and put to good use. A collection jar will be available.

Dates - all on Saturdays. Walks are only conducted during the wet season.

August 10 10 am (FULL); and 1 pm

August 24 10 am (FULL); and 1 pm (Full)

September 7 10 am (FULL)

September 21 10 am (FULL) 1 pm cancelled- too few reservations

October 5 10 am (room for 2) and 1 pm (many spaces left)

October 19 10 am (FULL) and 1 pm (Full) CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

Open Category - 1st Place - Photographer, Landon Snider

Open Category - 1st Place - Photographer, Landon Snider



Plant Category - 1st Place - Photographer, John McConnell

Plant Category - 1st Place - Photographer, John McConnell

Speakers for 2020 General Membership Gatherings

January 22, 2020 Dr Jerry Jackson, Life and Times of the Anhinga, Florida’s Underwater Spear Fisherman, Jerome A. Jackson is Professor Emeritus of Ecological Sciences and former Whitaker Eminent Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf Coast University, and Professor Emeritus at Mississippi State University.

February 26, 2020 Andrea Naccarato, Butterflies and the Slough, Naples Botanical Gardens

March 25, 2020 Roxanne Taylor, State of the Slough, Parks & Recreation/Conservation Lands, Land Stewardship Coordinator

April 22, 2020 John Cassani, Calusa Waterkeeper