First Day Hike, January 1, 2019
Celebrate the first day of 2019 with a hike along the East Coast Greenway and through the Savannas Preserve State Park. Bring your favorite hiking stick and a hiking tale to tell. We'll hike along hard, flat surfaces and soft, muddy areas. Water, bug spray, and closed toed shoes are always a good thing to take along. We'll walk for about a mile and a half. Space is limited. Call the Visitor's Center at 772-398-2779 to reserve your spot. Meet at the Education Center at 9 a.m. on January 1, 2019 to carpool a short distance to the trailhead. Free with $3 park admission. The program will last approximately 2 hours. We look forward to sharing this experience with you. The Education Center is located at 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St Lucie, FL 34952.
Miss Lucie's Pioneer Day, January 5, 2019
Take a step back in time during the 10th annual Pioneer Day Festival on Saturday, January 5, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., sponsored by the Friends of Savannas Preserve State Park. Visitors will experience living history as they explore how people in Florida lived circa mid-19th century.
The Pioneer Day Festival showcases many time period exhibits and demonstrations, including cooking over hot coals, storytelling, and muzzle-loading. Demonstrators will show participants crafty ways to use corn husks, pine cones, and other natural resources. Guided hikes and kayak tours will be offered throughout the event. Weather permitting, Savannas Preserve State Park staff will perform a prescribed fire demonstration.
The history of the Treasure Coast largely revolves around the pineapple farming industry. By 1895, the Jensen Beach area was known as “The Pineapple Capital of the World.” Captain Thomas E. Richards was credited with planting some of the first pineapple plantations in the area. Soon after establishing the plantation and his home on a high bank located along the west Indian River Shore, Captain Richards’ family, including his daughter Lucie, joined him here. Lucie began writing a series of letters to her old friend in New Jersey that detailed her daily life as a Florida pioneer. The letters have since been compiled into a volume called “The Memories of Eden.” Miss Lucie’s letters provide us with invaluable insight into what the life of a pioneer entailed. Join us on Pioneer Day as we explore the life of Miss Lucie.
The Savannas Education Center is located at 2541 SE Walton Road, Port St. Lucie. Admission to the event is $3/person; cash only. For more information about Pioneer Day, please call the Education Center at 772-398-2779.