Talk & Tour: After the BURN

Talk & Tour: After the Burn

Saturday, July 20

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Host: Laura Starkey


Please join us on this special guided tour of our recent Prescribed Burn.
Come see the signs of new life already emerging, just one month after the fire.

Please RSVP so we have a headcount.

Closed shoes required (no sandals).
Long pants, water bottle & sun protection recommended

If you want more information or have any questions,
please call or email us.
You can also check out our website to learn more about the importance of fire on this unique landscape.

Nature Preserve


Heartwood Preserve
4100 Strarkey Blvd.
Trinity, FL 34655



Trees of Heartwood: A Walking Tour

Trees of Heartwood: A Walking Tour


The 4 trees highlighted in our Heartwood walk are described below:

Longleaf Pinecome see the stages of growth

Slash PineLearn why the Slash pine is named after the “slashes”

Cypress & Oak. 

Learn how to identify these trees and what their roles are in Florida’s ecosystems.




Talk & Tour Series at Heartwood, 9:00 AM, Saturday 2/24/18, Topic: “Trees of Heartwood” ~ Come take a guided walk through the Preserve with Heartwood’s Founder & Executive Director Laura Starkey to learn about the different species of trees that live here: the keystone Longleaf Pine, Slash Pine, Cypress and Oaks.

– Free, all ages welcome, moderate walk/hike, bring water, wear closed-toe shoes, wear comfortable clothing.

a RSVP is appreciated: (727) 376-5111

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Talk & Tour ~ The Gopher Tortoise

Talk & Tour

November 30, 2017 

5:00 PM – 5:45 PM

The Gopher Tortoise


Heartwood Preserve invites you on this educational,

guided hike to learn about the keystone gopher tortoise –

with Special Guest Host: Anne Sylvester.

Anne S.


Anne is a Florida Master Naturalist.  For the past 10 years she has taught Environmental Education at Crystal Springs Preserve, which is a field trip destination for K-College students.  Previously, Anne was an Eco-Tour guide for Jay B. Starkey’s ‘Flatwoods Adventures’, on the Starkey Ranch sharing the flora, fauna & history of the working cattle ranch.


Come, take a guided walk with Anne through a portion of the Preserve

to see a gopher tortoise burrow & learn about this endangered, legally protected species.


Heartwood Preserve

Thursday, November 30, 2017

4100 Starkey Blvd., Trinity (727) 376-5111

This Talk & Tour:


  • free

  • all ages welcome

  • moderate walk/hike

  • bring water

  • wear insect repellent if you wish

  • wear comfortable clothing & closed-toe shoes

  • 45-minute, guided tour



Talk & Tour ~ “Reconnecting with Nature”

Talk & Tour: Thursday, October 26, 2017

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

Reconnecting with Nature


 Guided hike with Special Guest Host: Mike Kell

The old saying “can’t see the forest for the trees” has never been truer.

Mike has been a Member of the West Pasco Audubon board since 2006, and former Vice President. He has been the Chairman of the West Pasco Audubon Bluebird committee since 2012 and Member FL Bluebird Society.

J Mike Kell
J Mike Kell

A walk in the woods has become “How many steps and how quick did I make it“….

Come talk a walk through Heartwood Preserve, and let’s reconnect with Nature, together.



  • Please bring water
  • Wear closed-toe shoes or boots
  • Sunscreen, hat, bug spray- if you wish
  • A RSVP is appreciated: (727) 376-5111


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