Mother’s Day Bird Walk

Led by Christine Rowland, President of West Pasco Audubon


  1. please bring binoculars
  2. Weather-appropriate clothing (think moisture-wicking and light)
  3. Hiking boots or sneakers (closed-toe shoes!)
  4. Insect repellent and/or sunscreen
  5. Plenty of water

7:30 AM


Talk & Tour: FIRE AND ICE (cream)





with Laura Starkey


July 9th
1 PM

5 weeks post burn

Come see the signs of new life already emerging!

  • closed shoes required
  • Long pants, water bottle & insect repellent recommended
  • Refreshments & ice cream provided

Please call or email us to reserve your spot in this
special event.
If you have done so, thank you, we appreciate it!

If you want more information or have any questions,
please call or email us.

I look forward to sharing this magical experience of our
beautiful woods.
Thank you,
Laura Starkey

Talk & Tour: Invasive Species



Native Plants, Non-native Plants, Invasive Species — what’s the difference?

Exotic and Invasive plants affect our flatwoods ecosystem by degrading our soil, leading to erosion that can lower the quality of our water. Some invasive species can outcompete many native species– how do we prevent the infestation and spreading of invasive species?

Come and learn with your Host Michael Terry. Mike works with the Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) to prevent the spread of invasive plant species.

Originally from Missouri, Mike has lived in Florida since he was 13 years old. Michael is a Senior Vegetation Management Specialist. For 36 years he has been working with, identifying and treating Aquatic and terrestrial invasive/exotic species. He works with SWFWMD Properties including: Starkey Wilderness Preserve, Upper Hillsborough, Alston Tract, Cypress Creek, Connerton Trail, Annutteliga Hammock and Green Swamp East.

Mike’s job also includes working with control burns and managing wildfires.

Please RSVP by calling (727) 376-5111




  • Bring a camera to photograph species so you can later identify.
  • Water (no plastic bottles please)
  • Hat.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunscreen.
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • all ages welcome!

Heartwood Preserve

4100 Starkey Blvd.

Trinity FL 34655

Talk & Tour: BIRD WALK

July 11th


HOSTED BY: west pasco audubon






binoculars if you have them




4100 Starkey Blvd. TRINITY


(727) 376-5111 to RSVP

December Morning Bird Walk


Talk & Tour: Bird Walk

The cooler months are still a great time to find a variety of birds, especially here in Tampa Bay! Come spend the morning looking & listening for the various birds that can be found at Heartwood. This is open to all experience levels. Bring your binoculars if you have some.


Talk & Tour HOST:


Mary KeithMary Keith has been birding most of her life. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania where most weekends were spent in the state parks and woods. She has lived and birded in Florida since 1992. Her degrees have nothing to do with birds (Chemistry and Food Science), but they have supported a life of work around the world where she managed to watch birds as well. She is retired from the University of Florida Extension Service and now has more time to lead bird walks for the Tampa Audubon Society, watch birds, monitor eagle nests and wading bird colonies, count Florida Scrub Jays, help organize the Florida Birding and Nature Festival, and participate in Christmas Bird Counts.  She is currently serving as the President of the Tampa Audubon Society.



4100 Starkey Blvd., Trinity 34655
Cost of Event: 

To follow COVID-19 guidelines, group size is limited and pre-registration is required by 4pm the day prior to an event.  To register, contact Samantha: (727) 376-5111 OR

Wear: Wear lightweight clothing that offers protection from the sun, closed-toe shoes & insect repellant





Get Out of Your Own Head: Meditation Walk

Get Out of Your Own Head

Meditation Walk 

Get out of your own head during this walking meditation at Heartwood Preserve

This is a FREE one-hour “quiet-time” meditation walk in the woods, where you will experience the peace of the outdoors. Enjoy the smells, sight of a flower, sounds of birds, feeling of the breeze. Disconnect from your devices and rise above the hustle and bustle and begin your day focused, centered, and connected with nature and yourself.


Your Guide: Justin Martz

is a 200 hour graduate & teacher-trainer at JivaPatha School of Conscious Yoga and House of Light Yoga in Spring Hill, FL. He teaches professionally throughout the nature coast, focusing on the roots of yoga as a philosophical tradition which incorporates both metaphysical theory and practice of disciplined breath, physical movement, and cognition. Justin is an active member of the Heartwood Burial Crew & Heartwood Family.


**BRING: Yoga mat or towel, water bottle, insect repellent.

Please wear closed-toed shoes.


Please register in advance and let us know you’re coming by emailing or by calling Heartwood’s Welcome Center at



Sunday, December 15, 2019 @ 10:00 AM

4100 Starkey Blvd., Trinity


Heartwood’s Meet-Up Page





Talk & Tour: Autumn Rebirth

Talk & Tour:

Autumn Rebirth

9:00 AM

September 22nd

Come see the re-green!

Saturday, September 22

9:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Please join us on a tour of our recent Prescribed Burn.

Come see the new life emerging

mere months after the fire.

Learn about Heartwood’s controlled burn program.

Thank you for your 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.

4100 Starkey Blvd.

Trinity, FL 34655




Memorial Day Holiday (Welcome Center Closed)

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday, May 28, 2018 (All day)

 Our Welcome Center will be closed in observance of the Memorial Day Holiday.

Preserve Gates will be open normal, posted hours. Thank You ~


Mindfulness & Meditation at Heartwood


Meditation & nature are fantastic ways to ground yourself, connect and get some exercise, in the beautiful natural surroundings of Heartwood Preserve. We will start with a walk in the woods along Heartwood’s nature trails and footpaths listening to the wildlife and all it offers.

After our mindful walk in nature we will have a guided mediation session, outside in the Preserve. This seated mediation will include gentle routines for those who may have limited physical limitations, focusing on breath work & visualization techniques, all guided by Danielle.

Danielle Christina Lee: Encouraged by a friend, Danielle taught her first yoga class in the mountains of Big Bear, California while on a personal development journey. Returning home, she found a local gym to work with a wonderful mentor. She has been teaching at Infinity Fitness and Beyond since September of 2014
Danielle currently teaches Gentle/Hatha Flow, Vinyasa/Power & Therapeutic Aqua Yoga. Danielle is an RYT200 from Pose by Pose Yoga and is currently enrolled in their 500 hour program.

Please feel free to bring your yoga mats, meditation cushion & anything else which will help you to relax.
Message Heartwood or Danielle if you’re up for joining in. These gathering are always free, there are no age restrictions, just your wonderful presence and shared energy.
Looking forward to seeing you on the 18th.

Heartwood Preserve
Sunday, March 18, 2018
2:00 PM
4100 Starkey Blvd., Trinity (727) 376-5111

all ages welcome
slow paced walk
bring water
wear insect repellent if you wish
wear comfortable clothing & closed-toe shoes
1 hour event




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