Join us for refreshing trail blazes and reconfiguring a trail

Join us for a hands-on Trail CATS Workday dedicated to refreshing trail blazes and reconfiguring the west trail at Little Manatee River Nature Preserve, Leonard Rd. Trailhead. This effort is crucial following recent prescribed fires and route changes, offering a unique opportunity to improve the trails in the southern part of Hillsborough County and to experience a post-burn environment.

Learn more about Trail CATS

Things to know

  • This is a free event
  • The length of the trail is around 4.3 miles
  • Participants must be at least 10 years old
  • Maximum of 8 participants per group

What to expect

This trail includes recently burned areas, offering a firsthand look at the regeneration process in these ecosystems. We encourage participants to bring cameras or binoculars to capture and observe the natural beauty and wildlife.

The trail terrain is varied, with some areas featuring compact soil and others with looser sand. Attendees should be prepared for conditions that are primarily sunny and exposed, as the tree canopy in some sections is sparse. It's important to come prepared for direct sunlight and warmer temperatures, especially during the peak hours of the event.

What to bring

  • Water in refillable container
  • Closed-toe shoes
  • Bug spray
  • Change of clothes
  • Hat
  • Long-sleeved shirt
  • Small backpack with hydration system
  • Snacks
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Work gloves

Registration and participation

  • To secure your spot, email with the subject line "Little Manatee River Nature Preserve Workday"
  • If your plans change after registration, kindly inform us via email so we can accommodate other volunteers.


Trail CATS Program
Trail CATS Coordinator
(813) 678-7072
Image Caption: Volunteers walking through the woods at a nature preserve helping with maintaining the trails
Last Modified: 3/26/2024, 8:44:58 PM
May 2024