Sand Hill Ecohydrology: Sand Hill Scout Reserve & Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area

Posted on: October 10th, 2022 by segsmember


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We are happy to announce that we’ll be hosting a fieldtrip on Saturday, October 29th to explore some of the beautiful sand hill ecohydrology and geology that Florida has to offer with ReNae Nowicki of EcoHydrologix. ReNae will be guiding us on a tour of the Sand Hill Scout Reserve to see a variety of beautiful wetlands, sinks, and even amazing plant-life that surrounds us.

Following a handful of stops at the Reserve, we plan to convene for lunch at the Bayport Inn, which sits in the midst of a tidal marsh nearby. It will be up to everyone to either order or bring their own lunch.

Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd, Spring Hill, FL 34607 | Visit the Bayport Inn Website

Following lunch, we’ll reconvene in the parking lot at the restaurant and then depart together to head to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. ReNae has selected a number of amazing sites there for us to explore as well, complete with incredible background and detail of each.

The field trip meeting place will be at the Sand Hill Scout Reserve 11210 Cortez Blvd, Brooksville, FL 34613 on Saturday, October 29th starting at 9:00 AM. Field trip participants should drive to and park at the Sertoma building.

This trip does qualify as Continuing Education for licensed Professional Geologists and will provide 6.0 CEUs (hours) for registered attendees.

Participation is limited to SEGS members who have paid 2022 dues (and their guests) and geology students. For members, please pay dues and register using our website PayPal button. There are also a LIMITED number of spots available due to policies set by the Reserve. A total of 25 registration slots will be available, so book yours quickly!

Transportation will consist of a caravan; drivers must comply with SEGS Participant Guidelines. Four-wheel drive vehicles are recommended, but not required. Please arrange to carpool with others to minimize the number of vehicles.

Safety Requirements

  • We will be asking members to follow all federal, state, and local guidelines to mitigate the spread of Covid-19. We have updated our waivers to reflect the seriousness of the novel disease.
  • The sites that we’ll visit are outside in wetland and vegetated areas. Sunglasses are recommended. Shirts, and closed-toe shoes are required.
  • Drinks, sunscreen, and insect repellent are also recommended.
  • Pets and unaccompanied minors are not allowed on site.
  • For questions, contact Sammy Smith at 813-785-6363 or

Registration and Fees

Participation is limited to SEGS members who have paid 2022 dues (and their guests) and geology students. For members, please renew here.

  • The price is $10 for current (2022) SEGS members; free for students.
  • For efficiency, SEGS will be limiting signups to electronic forms only, with manual registration available only on request.
  • We are enforcing a hard cut off for event registration on Thursday, October 27th. We won’t be accepting registrations the day of (October 29th) or the day before the event (October 28th).


  • SEGS Guidebooks will be made available prior to, or on the day of the event, if they are available from the tour provider.

Electronic Registration

  • At the top of the page, in the dropdown, please select the appropriate option and click “Add to Cart” to register for the trip.
  • During checkout, you will be routed to a waiver you can sign electronically, and then to the registration and payment form. Since every participant needs to complete a waiver, you can only register one person at a time, but it’s fast!
  • If you have trouble with the electronic registration, please email for a manual registration option.

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