Good Shepherd’s Green Spirits ministry, a ministry focusing on bridging our Christian faith with environmental awareness, is planning to join the Wild Church Network where people can connect with groups that are returning to nature as a spiritual practice. To get us started, we have organized three events for this summer.
Join us on the second Saturday of June, July, and August for an informal walk through the beauty of nature culminating with an abbreviated Eucharist right there along the path. Each month will feature a different environmental habitat and time of the day. All are welcome! Invite your friends!
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8, AT 6:00 PM
**RESCHEDULED FROM SEPTEMBER** This is an approximate 1-mile partially paved hike through a pine flatwoods habitat. We will see native scrub species including Pinebarren Goldenrod, Beautyberry, Saw Palmetto and Slash Pine. We also could see some Cottontails, a Gopher Tortoise, and if we are quick enough, a Six-striped Racerunner, the fastest lizard in Florida!
All ages are encouraged to attend for a hike and Eucharist in nature. Meet at the trail head at 6:00 p.m. at the north end of the parking lot. Benches under a covered pavilion are available for the Eucharist only without the hike. See you on September 10!
North Jupiter Flatwoods
3377 Church Street, Jupiter, FL 33458
Easy access from Island Way at Jupiter Community Park Entrance. Follow signs for Natural Area.
For additional information reach out to email@example.com.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, AT 7:00 PM
4:10 PM -- WE ARE STILL PLANNING TO MEET AT 7:00 PM. HOWEVER, IF THERE IS LIGHTNING AT THE TIME OF THE WALK WE WILL NOT PROCEED. TODAY'S WALK WILL BE LIMITED TO PAVED TRAIL AS THERE IS SLIPPERY MUD AND STANDING WATER ON THE PLANNED ROUTE.
Pine Glades Natural Area is is 4.4 miles west of Jupiter Farms Road or about a half mile past the point that Indiantown Road reduces to two lanes. If you reach Pratt Whitney Road, you've gone too far.
Pine Glades Natural Area
14122 W. Indiantown Road
Jupiter, FL 33478
Pine Glades is a perfect spot to see a big sky at sunset. This natural area offers trails and has a significant paved section that leads out to a beautiful water overlook.
Watersheds and wetlands in Florida play a pivotal role in water management and natural habitat. Expect to see an array of water birds including herons, egrets, anhingas, cormorants, roseate spoonbills, moorhens, and some cool local ducks.
We will meet at the main trail head at the parking lot. Bring a camera and binoculars and mosquito repellent. Also bring the kids and your friends. The paved trail is wheelchair accessible. This is a wonderful chance to see a sunset that is a gift from God.
SATURDAY, JULY 9, AT 8:30 AM
Spend a morning under a leafy canopy at this Riverbend Park hike. We will meet at the Welcome area by the main parking lot at 8:30 AM. The paths are firm, unpaved, and broad. We will see a variety of flora and fauna along the way. Riverbend park is home to deer, turkeys, ospreys, bobcats, and alligators, to name a few. We will also see many examples of plants and trees of all sizes and ecological importance.
This walk will be about one hour total with a Eucharist in the shade of a grandfather oak -- a beautiful morning you won't want to miss. Appropriate for all ages. Join us!
SATURDAY, JUNE 11, AT 6:00 AM
Attention, early birds! Our first Holy Hike will be to Blowing Rocks from the starting point of Coral Cove Beach Park. It’s a sunrise walk, so we will meet at 6:00 AM on Saturday, June 11.
The preserve was named for its rocky Anastasia limestone shoreline—the largest on the Atlantic coast. At high tide when the sea is rough, seas break against the rocks and force plumes of saltwater up to 50 feet skyward. It’s an impressive sight.
This is a one hour walk roundtrip on uneven, sandy terrain. All ages are encouraged to attend. No sign up, just show up.