First Day Hike, January 1, 2020
Celebrate the first day of 2020 with a hike along the trails from the Jensen Beach Entrance of the Savannas Preserve State Park. Bring your favorite hiking stick and a hiking tale to tell. We'll hike approximately 1.5 miles along a muddy trail, with a few puddles here and there.
Please wear closed toed shoes that can get wet, drinking water, and bug spray.
Space is limited and reservations are required. Call the Visitor's Center at 772-398-2779 to reserve your spot.
Meet at the Jensen Beach Blvd Entrance (just East of Green River Parkway) at 8:45 a.m. on January 1, 2020. The program will last approximately 2 hours. We look forward to sharing this experience with you!!
Free with $3 park admission.
Miss Lucie's Pioneer Day, January 4, 2020
Take a step back in time during the 10th annual Pioneer Day Festival on Saturday, January 4, 2020, 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.