Monthly Club Field Trips


Our club offers monthly field trips to exciting photographic venues on the Florida Sun Coast. These field trips provide a great opportunity to expand your photographic skills by having members helping members increase their photographic skills. These events have produced lasting friendships between members. Field trips are for Members Only.

Upcoming Field Trips

    • October 27, 2018
    • 7:45 AM - 8:30 AM
    • Red Bug Slough Preserve
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    Red Bug Slough Preserve


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    This 72-acre preserve was purchased in 2000 and 2001 through the Environmentally Sensitive Lands Protection Program with funding assistance provided by Florida Communities Trust. Red Bug Slough Preserve is a remnant piece of natural Florida nestled in the midst of suburban Sarasota. The preserve has several miles of hiking trails, a small playground, picnic shelters and a fishing dock. The hiking trails are unpaved but accessible for most visitors. Some trails may flood after heavy rainfall and several trails may be wet year-round where they cross creeks and ditches. The preserve has limited parking and a walk-thru gate near the Beneva Road entrance and is accessible on foot or by bicycle at several other walk-thru entrances. Leashed pets are permitted on trails and in public use areas. 

    Rick Shaw will be sharing his expertise to anyone interested in shooting a video around the preserve in the early morning of Oct. 27th (Saturday)!  This event is also open to anyone wishing to shoot still photos, too!  Rick will meet everyone at the Red Bug Slough Preserve parking lot at 7:45-8:00am. Because parking may be tight, for those who are interested, we will meet at the LWR Town Hall at 7:15am. For those attending the Videography Class that morning, those members will be returning to LWR Town Hall for the 9:00am-1:00pm class. 

    Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and wear your name tag!

    Directions From LWR Town Hall

    Follow Town Center Pkwy and Market St to University Pkwy

    Take I-75 S and State Hwy 758/Bee Ridge Rd turn left heading south on Beneva Rd.

    Turn right on Coronado Drive to the parking lot

    Red Bug Slough Preserve

    5200 S Beneva Rd, Sarasota, FL 34231

    • October 30, 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Myakka River State Park
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    OCTOBER FIELD TRIP MYAKKA RIVER STATE PARK

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    Prior to 1850, the Myakka River was the Asternal River on English maps. A Seminole Indian reportedly told a surveyor in the 1850's that the name of the river was "Myakka". The translation of the word Myakka, is unknown. Between the 1850's and the 1930's, cattle grazed on dry prairie, a vast land of grasses, forbs, palmetto and other low shrubs with thousands of scattered wetlands. In 1910, Bertha Palmer, a progressive business woman from Chicago, came to Sarasota and bought a vast amount of land. Meadow Sweet Pastures which was located very near the Myakka River was one of her purchases. (Visit Ranch House Road inside the park for more information about the Palmers). In 1918, Mrs. Palmer passed away. In the 1930's, during the Great Depression, over 17,000 acres of the Palmer estate was purchased by the government to develop Myakka River State Park as part of President Roosevelt's New Deal. The New Deal was intended to boost the economy and spirit of the American population during these dark years. More than 5 million young men around the country were employed to help preserve our natural areas. This employment allowed them to earn money to send home to their families. Myakka is one of 8 Florida State Parks developed by the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corps) during the 1930's. When the United States entered World War 2, the CCC was disbanded as all efforts were needed for the war. Myakka River State Park was formally dedicated in 1941 and was officially opened for the public. Many of the CCC structures built in Myakka are still used today. 

    We will meet at the Myakka River State Park Entrance off of SR 72 (Clark Road) at 8:00 am right past the Park Ranger's guard gate. Address is  13208 SR 72, Sarasota, FL. 34241. For those interested in carpooling, we will meet at the LWR Townhall at 7:15am.  The fee to enter the park is $6 per vehicle (2-8 people).  Please remember to bring your club's name tag.  We will also be signing the club's waiver form.  We will climb to top of the tree line on the canopy walkway, view alligators from the bridge and view birds from the bird walk.  There should also be stops along the way to view the stunning landscapes.

    For those interested, we will arrange a place to eat a late breakfast, early lunch.  We will be going to First Watch at 5354 Fruitville, Sarasota, 34232.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Susan (941-807-0664) or Bobbie at (813-690-5062).  For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out.  If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.   


    • November 18, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • November Field Trip Medieval Fair in Sarasota
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    NOVEMBER FIELD TRIP MEDIEVAL FAIR IN SARASOTA

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    Shows-Graphic.jpgThe Medieval Fair in Sarasota will provide endless photo opportunities of people dressed in costumes as well as music, stage shows, tournament games and loads of activities.  We will meet at the festival's main entrance at 2:00pm.  Tickets will be $16.95 plus tax for seniors 55+ and $18.95 plus tax for the general public.  Parking is free.  More details will follow when the 2018 schedule of events are posted.  Several club members have highly recommended this event for a field trip. We are looking forward to the multitude of photography shots that will be available to us around every corner of the fair grounds.

    For those that are interested, we will make arrangements to meet for dinner close to the fairgrounds after our field trip.

    If you have any questions, you can contact Susan (941-807-0664) or Bobbie at (813-690-5062).  For those members who are thinking about upgrading from an iPhone or a point and shoot camera, the club has purchased a Sony, Cannon and Nikon cameras for you to try out.  If you are interested in one of these cameras on our field trip check the link at the top of this page to reserve a camera.You must be a member to participate in the field trips. You may not bring a spouse or friend who is not a current member of the club. Thank you for your cooperation.  

     Ringling Woods behind the Sarasota Fairgrounds

    3000 Ringling Blvd
    Sarasota, FL 34237

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