October 2013


Lignum Vitae Flowers - Roger L. Hammerby: Roger L. Hammer

Lignum Vitae

One of the most beautiful flowering trees in the flora of southern Florida is Lignum Vitae (Guajacum sanctum). The genus name Guajacum was derived from an aboriginal name for the tree, and the species name sanctum means “sacred.” The wood of this tree is extremely dense and rich in resin, making the tree highly sought by woodworkers and for use as bushings on drive shafts. The spinning drive shaft heats the wood and releases the oils, creating a natural lubricant.

The common name of this state-listed endangered species is Latin for “wood of life.” The tree was also called “Sailor’s Cure” in Spanish because the resin in the wood was once believed to be a cure for sLignum Vitae Seeds - Roger L. Hammeryphilis.

The leaves of Lignum Vitae are fed upon by the larvae of the lyside sulphur butterfly and the bright red seeds are eaten by mockingbirds, catbirds, and blue-headed vireos. Beautiful blue flowers appear several times a year attract a number of butterfly species, principally skippers.

If you are looking for a classy tree for your home landscape, this is the tree for you. Although it is a bit more expensive compared to other more commonly  cultivated trees, it is worth every single penny, and the birds and butterflies it attracts are free.

NOTE: Arch Creek Park has a few Lignum Vitae trees throughout the park. One is located in the front open field space by the main gate.

Winter Camp 13-14 flyer

Campfire & Night Hike

We have some wonderful programs for you, your family and friends to enjoy during the fall. Making reservations has become much easier, reservations for most program can be now done online.

GREYNOLDS PARK: CREATURES OF THE NIGHT HIKE
Dates: November 8, December 13

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Rated: Easy

Fascinated by the moon and the stars or even glow bugs? Then come learn about the mysteries of the night and see what lurks around our park when the lights go out!  Our naturalists will take you on a night hike through the park in search of its nocturnal residents. Meet at the Greynolds Park – Boathouse, 17530 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, Fl. 33160.

Fee: $6.00/participant.
Reservations are required, and must be made the day before.
Reservations can be made online at https://rms.miamidade.gov/RMS7/Activities/Search.aspx, in the “Place” drop down menu select “Arch Creek Park” and select the date your interested in. Call (305) 944-6111 for more information.

ARCH CREEK PARK: CAMPFIRE & NIGHT HIKE
Dates: October 25 & November 22, December 27

Time: 7:30-9:00pm
Rated: Easy

Venture into the beautiful Tropical Hardwood Hammock with a naturalist guide and discover the marvelous nocturnal life of the park at dusk. Experience the sights and sounds of eastern screech owls, raccoons, night time spiders and much more. Following the night hike, join our naturalists around the campfire for marshmallow roasting. Only offered October through May. Meet at the Arch Creek Museum & Nature Center, 1855 NE 135 Street, North Miami, Fl. 33181.

Fee: $6.00/participant.
Reservations are required, and must be made the day before.
Reservations can be made online at https://rms.miamidade.gov/RMS7/Activities/Search.aspx, in the “Place” drop down menu select “Arch Creek Park” and select the date your interested in. Call (305) 944-6111 for more information.

Children are welcome to come to the Campfire & Night Hike on October 25th in their Halloween costumes. However, we encourage no masks.

Happy Autumn!

It is one of the best times of year to get out into the parks and see the sights and enjoy the weather change. The park is currently buzzing with the visiting warblers and other migratory birds.  Yesterday the bird baths had lines forming.

Visit our calendar for a list of upcoming opportunities to experience this wonderful time of year at the park.

Most of our programs, you can now reserve online by visiting the following link, https://rms.miamidade.gov/RMS7/Activities/Search.aspx, select “Arch Creek Park” in the Place search field.
Even our shelter can be reserved for your next party or gathering online at https://rms.miamidade.gov/RMS7/Facilities/MapView.aspx, select “Arch Creek Park” in the Location search field.

Arch Creek Park will be offering Camp Manatee Winter Camp this year, look out for an email announcement for dates and fees.

We hope to see you all at the Park!