Sensory Friendly Hike and Activities
Join us at Chinsegut WEA on Saturday, June 17th from 8-10am for a sensory friendly hike and activities! Spots are limited and registration is required at the link below:
The hike starts and ends at Chinsegut Conservation Center where there are restrooms and water fountains. Participants should meet at the center and be ready to start the hike at 8:00am. The hike will take approximately 1.5 hours and end at 9:30am. The hike length is 1.2 miles along our trail system which is unpaved, along uneven and sometimes sandy terrain with a mix of shaded and unshaded areas. We’ll have binoculars available for use and a scavenger hunt designed for kids to participate in during the hike. After the hike, we’ll have sensory activities in the center including kinetic sand/animal track play, magnifying viewers, a pelt/animal skull touch table, and a reading corner.
It’s recommended that participants wear long pants, close-toed shoes appropriate for hiking, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and bug spray. We will have bug spray with DEET available for participants to use. We also recommend participants bring water and something to carry their water in to stay hydrated.
We expect to see a mix of birds and butterflies, and may encounter other wildlife such as gopher tortoises, deer, frogs, lizards, and occasionally snakes (which are usually observed in May’s Prairie away from the boardwalk). There may be other animals we encounter, but often wildlife hear us coming and flee the area before we get close.
Pets are not allowed at Chinsegut except for service animals.
Feel free to bring a lunch or snack and enjoy it afterwards at our picnic tables!
Any person who requires special accommodation to participate should notify us at least 2 weeks before the event by calling 352-754-6722 or by e-mailing [email protected] Those with hearing or speech impairments may contact the agency using the Florida Relay Service at 800-955-8771 (TDD) or 800-955-8770 (voice).