Pine Island is Home to Numerous Events in November
Be sure to check out the events in November at Sams House in Pine Island to take advantage of some unique historical and naturalist adventures in Florida's Space Coast area. The following article is provided by Brevard County Parks and Recreation highlighting the events planned in observation of Native American Heritage Month.
Late November can be a bit cool for paddle-sport activities, but those avid naturalist looking for some up close nature observation should take note of the Pine Island Paddle on November 24th. The Merritt Island destination is a great location to get first hand exposure to our diverse wildlife population. If the water has not cooled too much, manatees are still possible in the area.
Sams House at Pine Island celebrates Native American Heritage Month
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. – The Sams House at Pine Island will offer a variety of free activities throughout November in recognition of Native American Heritage Month.
Native Ways Hike — Saturday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m. to noon, and Friday, Nov. 23, 10 a.m. to noon: Enjoy a guided one-mile hike through the beautiful palm hammock as we explore how Native Americans used the abundant resources around them. Close-toed shoes are recommended.
Farmers, Fishers, and Traders, the First Floridians — Saturday, Nov. 3, 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.: Join local archaeologist and Indian River Anthropological Society president Elaine Williams for a slide presentation and talk on the rich cultures of Florida’s Native Peoples before the Spanish conquest and how the natural resources in different parts of the state shaped the ways they lived.
Lost Indian Nations of Florida — Saturday, Nov. 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon: Local historian and author Ray Osborne will give a slideshow presentation on the ancient Indians of Florida, featuring special guest Arthur Tarratus, who just returned from a research trip to the Archives of Indies in Seville, Spain.
Prehistoric Toolbox: Examination of Native American Tools and Weapons — Saturday, Nov. 17, 11 a.m. to noon: Native Americans in Florida were extremely resourceful, using all elements of their environment for survival. This presentation by Kevin Gidusko with the Florida Public Archeology Network introduces the tools and weapons used in prehistoric life ranging from shark tooth-fixed atlatls to whelk-shelled hammers.
Pine Island Paddle — Saturday, Nov. 24, 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: Paddle through a deep-water canal frequented by manatees and out to the Indian River Lagoon. Includes a hike in to the Sams House and Cabin, then back to the Lagoon to paddle back to the start. Reservations required. Limited to 14 participants. $30 per person ($20 for ages 5-12). Call 321-784-2452 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to hold your spot. Meet at Conservation Area gate at end of Pine Island Road.
Please note that the Center will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving. The Sams House at Pine Island is owned and managed by the Brevard County Environmentally Endangered Lands Program. It is located at 6195 North Tropical Trail in Merritt Island, a half-mile west of State Road 3. The Center is open Thursdays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours of the cabin and the adjacent 1888 home are offered every Thursday at 3 p.m. For more information, call 321-449-4720.