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Upcoming activities in the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary

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444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville Florida 32780
Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary
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Enjoy a 45-minute guided, interpretive hike on the trails of the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary. Please bring hat, water and walking shoes. No reservations needed. Groups of 5 or more, please RSVP.
For more information, please call 321-264-5185.

May, 2016

Wednesday, May 18th, 12:00pm – 1:00pm – Lunch with Nature – "Sea Turtles: Dune & Lagoon!"
Explore sea turtle biofacts, compare and contrast sea turtles and their kin through a hands-on interaction with a live diamondback terrapin, and learn about the life history and conservation of our sea turtles, both nesting on the dune and foraging in the Indian River Lagoon, with Joy Winet, Sanctuary Steward of the Barrier Island Center.

Saturday, May 21st -- 9:00am – 11:00am – Photography Club
All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips during their monthly meeting.

Movies in the Forest – "DisneyNature: Wings of Life"
Viewings at 12:00pm and 3:00pm in the Discovery Room

"Narrated by Meryl Streep, this intimate and unprecedented look at butterflies, hummingbirds, bees, bats and flowers is a celebration of life, as a third of the world's food supply depends on these incredible -- and increasingly threatened -- creatures. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg, WINGS OF LIFE utilizes riveting high-speed, closer-than-close filmmaking techniques to showcase in spectacular detail these unsung heroes of our planet."

Sunday, May 22nd, 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Celebrate World Turtle Day
Join Naturalist Ariel to celebrate World Turtle Day! Guests of all ages are invtired to meet & greet two turtle species and create a turtle craft.
2:00pm – Turtle Meet & Greet
3:00pm – Create a turtle craft

Wednesday, May 25th, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting – "Florida Black Bears & Coyotes"
Join Tom Shupe, FWC District Wildlife Biologist, as he discusses the Florida Black Bears and Coyotes. Light refreshments served at 6:30pm, meeting and presentation will start at 7:00pm.

Saturday, May 28th, 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Reptile & Snake Presentation
Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet a red rat snake!

Sunday, May 29th, 2pm – Friends of the Enchanted Forest Meeting– "Everyday Birding"
Ray Scory of the Halifax River Audubon Society, columnist, birding leader, and photographer will be presenting a special presentation on birding and his photography. Light refreshments and short business meeting at 2pm, followed by the presentation.

June, 2016

Saturday, June 4th, 10:00am – 3:00pm – FNPS Native Plant Sale and Pond Tour
The Florida Native Plant Society will be holding a native plant sale overlooking our pond. Purchase native plants to landscape your backyard, view our native plant pond, and learn some tips on how to create a native backyard habitat!

Volunteer Orientation
Saturday, June 4th, 3:00pm
Wednesday, June 15th, 3:00pm

The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary is looking for dynamic individuals with a passion for the environment! Come learn about our various volunteer opportunities.

Wednesday, June 8th, 10:00am – 10:45am – Nature Time for 2-3 Year Olds
June's theme is Bees! Learn about native bees and the importance of pollinators through hands-on activities and a story. Spots limited. Please call 321.264.5185 to register.

Saturday, June 11th, 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Reptile & Snake Presentation
Learn about some of the Enchanted Forest's reptile residents and meet live reptiles!

Friday, June 17th, 2:00pm – 2:30pm – Summer Science – Owl Pellet Dissection
Soar into the world of ornithology as you investigate owls, what they eat and how they digest their food. Program is recommended for ages 8 & up. Please register by calling 321.264.5185. Spots limited. $2.00 suggested donation to the Friends of the Enchanted Forest for supplies.

Saturday, June 18th – 9:00am – 11:00am – Photography Club
All levels of photographers welcome. View photographs and learn helpful tips during their monthly meeting.
Saturday, June 18th – 8:00pm – 10:00pm – Night Voices Night Hike
Look and listen for local frogs and toads on a special summer night hike. Spots limited. Registration required, please call 321.264.5185. Please wear long pants, closed-toed shoes, mosquito repellant, and bring a flashlight. Being summer, there is a potential for high mosquito levels.

Sunday, June 19th, 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Forest Funday – Wetlands
Meet some wetland critters and create a fun craft. Children and families are invited to explore flowers with hands on experiments and a craft between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 6:30pm – 8:30pm – FNPS Sea Rocket Chapter Meeting – "Indian River Legacy"
Laurilee Thompson co-owner of Dixie Crossroads, founder of the SpaceCoast Birding and Wildlife Festival, environmentalist, and lagoon enthusiast will be telling stories and discussing life on the lagoon, as well as the importance of restoration of our nation's estuaries. Light refreshments served at 6:30pm; meeting and presentation will start at 7:00pm.

*** Mark your calendars for our Annual Creepy Crawly Day on July 9th, 9am - 2pm. This year's event will be longer, bigger, and even creepier than previous years! ***

Current Program! - Ongoing

As explained in the attached PDF, Dr. Teresa Cooper is asking for some help with supplies. She will be speaking at the Sea Rocket June meeting (6/24) about this project. If you can help in any way contact Martha at or myself at and we'll get it to Dr. Cooper. -- David Humphrey

Dr. Teresa Cooper is currently conducting research in the Enchanted Forest for the species Tillandsia utriculata.
Webmaster: Tillandsia utriculata, commonly known as the spreading airplant, is a species of bromeliad that is native to Florida and Georgia in the United States.

JOIN THE FRIENDS OF THE ENCHANTED FOREST A non-profit volunteer organization committed to assist the EEL Program with conservation of The Enchanted Forest Sanctuary, and educate visitors about the unique geology and biodiversity at the sanctuary.

Information about volunteering or becoming a member of the Friends of The Enchanted Forest call 321-264-5192, visit or write: Friends of The Enchanted Forest 444 Columbia Blvd., Titusville FL 32780


Visitors to the 471-acre Sanctuary experience wildlife observation and diverse plant life on over 4 miles of hiking trails. The Management & Education Center offers hands-on Exhibit Room, Discovery Room, gift shop, reference library and restrooms. There is an outdoor, open-air butterfly garden and the screened porch and amphitheatre provide venues for outdoor education.

Universal accessible amenities include an exterior covered porch, the Ancient Oak amphitheater, outdoor Butterfly Garden and a trail to a scenic overlook over the Addison Canal.

LOCATION Enchanted Forest Sanctuary 444 Columbia Blvd, Titusville, FL.

In south Titusville on SR 405 across the street from the Space Coast Executive Airport.

ENCHANTED FOREST HOURS: Tuesday through Sunday. Closed Mondays. 9:00am to 5:00 pm. - No pets, bikes or smoking in the Sanctuary.

Information: 321-264-5185

Closed: New Year's Day, Independence Day, Veteran's Day,
Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving,
Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day

All activities (unless otherwise noted) will take place in the Enchanted Forest.
The Enchanted Forest Nature Sanctuary is located south of Titusville, FL on Route 405, 1/2 mile west of U.S. Route 1.


There are many opportunities for volunteering at the Enchanted Forest Sanctuary; such as a Host, Interpretive Guide, Nature Center Monitor and other related activities. If you wish to be a part of this great program, or would like more information, please call us at 321-264-5185. Thank you.


Calling All Volunteers & Guides!


Hike desk, exhibit area and trail hosts are needed. Responsibilities include: greeting visitors at the center and on the trails; providing general information, guidance and trail maps; assisting visitors with hands on educational exhibits. Hosts are primarily needed on Saturdays and Sundays.

The Shoppe in the Forest

Sharon Bohlmann and JoAnn Trainer would like to invite you to join the Volunteers in the beautiful Shoppe in the Forest. It is a fine place to spend some time and help some people find a trinket for themselves or a gift for a loved one. It's a good opportunity to learn more about our Sanctuary, and to encourage our Visitors also. Great conversations take place in and around the Shoppe and Science Hall. Visitors gather and chat, hover and discover! So come, join the little Shoppe in the Forest! Click here for more information.

The Enchanted Forest gift Shoppe invites volunteers.

Gift Shoppe Help Wanted

For the past 10 years the Shoppe in the Enchanted Forest has provided visitors with reminders of their visit. Proceeds from sales go toward educational programs in the forest provided by both staff and volunteers. The Shoppe carries educational games for children of all ages, books for nature lovers, gifts for that special someone, t-shirts that spell out your love of the forest and unusual treasures for travelers passing through.

The present shopkeeper is now 10 years older than when she took on this venture and needs help. Putting price stickers on merchandise when it arrives in the forest and placing it on the shelves is all that's needed and a great way to help support your sanctuary.

Call us and we'll be glad to talk with you.
This is YOUR forest, let's always keep it enchanted.

Volunteer Gardening

Volunteers can join Gardeners to care for the Forest's butterfly gardens for upkeep and to "deadhead" (remove dead flower heads from a plant) blooms so more energy goes to the next flowers. The spent blooms are collected for next year's seeding.

If interested, please contact Suzanne Meyers at meyermenagerie at for the next workday.

Thanks for all your hard work...the gardens show how much you care!

Guides for Group Tours

Guide or be guided: Regularly scheduled HIKES on Saturday mornings at 10:00.

Call Sarah at 264-5185 to (1) make a guided hike or cart tour reservation, and (2) give a hike (3) Guide one of the many groups visiting the forest!


Are available for all folks who have difficulty walking distances.
That means visitors and our own Enchanted Forest friends and volunteers.
Guides and Members: Would you like to give cart tours? It is very enjoyable and you can earn your drivers license through the North Lands Manager
Call 264-5185 for further information.


For further information contact Friends Vice President Barbara Hoelscher at 268-5888 or EEL Enchanted Forest Sanctuary Steward Sarah Kraum at: 321-264-5185 or at

Friends of the Enchanted Forest
444 Columbia Boulevard
Titusville, FL 32780
321-264-5192, 268-5888, 268-5224

Printable volunteer opportunities flyer.

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