Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I have been compensated by Smuckers to share information about Make a Natural Difference.
Making a Natural Difference in Saint Cloud Florida
To promote Smucker’s partnership with the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) in launching the Make a Natural Difference campaign, I decided to make a difference through promoting my favorite local parks. Each of these parks have walking trails of varying distances and lots of opportunities to encounter wildlife and experience stunning vistas which are perfect for building photography skills, spending time with family, and enjoying nature.
Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve, Lakefront Park, Lake Runnymeade Conservation Area, and Shingle Creek Regional Park are all located in the Kissimmee/Saint Cloud area in Central Florida within driving distance of all of the major attractions.
At Lake Lizzie Nature Preserve (6495 Old Melbourne Hwy St. Cloud FL 34771) you have 2 trails to choose from. There is a 1.7 mile trail ending at the Marsh Loop as well as a 6 mile trail (my favorite). Horses are welcome! If you are facing the park from the street and walk down the trail to the left you will find yourself headed down the shorter of the two trails. The trails are marked and easy to follow. At the end of the 6 mile trail located to the right you will find several covered picnic tables with grills and restrooms. At the 3 mile mark you can enjoy a spectacular view of Lake Lizzie from the comfort of a shaded bench. Be sure to bring your own water and stay hydrated, especially in the summer!
Lakefront Park (1104 Lakeshore Blvd, St Cloud, FL 34769) boasts a spectacular view of East Lake Toho along with paved walking/biking trails, a volleyball court, fishing pier, performing arts pavilion, swimming area, and a waterpark/playground for young children. Water fountains and restrooms are located throughout the area and there are eateries nearby, but you can always bring a picnic lunch featuring Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter sandwiches!
Lake Runnymeade Conservation Area (4600 Rummell Rd; Saint Cloud, Florida 34771) is a nice, quiet, and secluded area with 2 very short but sweet walking trails. Both trails loop between humongous oak trees draped in Spanish moss. There are restroom facilities, a fire pit, as well as picnic areas.
Shingle Creek Regional Park (4266 W Vine St, Kissimmee, FL 34741) has 1.3 miles of trails, a boardwalk, and several historic buildings to enjoy. From placards preceding each of the properties you can learn a bit of local history. My favorite part of the walking trail is the boardwalk that meanders through the swampland.
Now that you’ve seen photographs of my favorite parks how about sharing yours with the world by participating in the Making a Natural Difference Photo Promotion? Don’t let summer pass you by. Get out and enjoy your local parks and do your part to make a difference in your community!
How Can You Make A Difference & WIN!
Making a difference is easy. When I am out running trails at our local parks, I usually bring along a small grocery bag and pick up trash along the way! We would like to invite you to make a natural difference too! Just visit Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter to learn how to preserve parks for future generations! If you are in shape or trying to get in shape the Smucker’s Make a Natural Difference Campaign is fun for everyone. Whether you are going on a leisurely stroll in the park or running full speed, when you bring along a camera, you never know just what you might find!
Just for sharing your nature photo you could win the GRAND PRIZE:
- A Sony SLR Camera
- An 18-35 mm lens
- A camera case
- A Shutterfly gift card
- 1 jar of Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 jar of Adam’s Natural Peanut Butter
- 1 jar of Laura Scudder’s Natural Peanut Butter
If you already do photos when you are outdoors enjoying nature, why not share them with Smucker’s? Even if you don’t win the Grand Prize you could be on of 50 to win one of the 1st Place prizes which include 1 $50 Shutterfly Gift Card & three Jars of Natural Peanut Butter! But wait, that’s not all…
I’m giving away a $100 Shutterfly Gift Card and Smucker’s Natural Peanut Butter products and stirrer to one of my readers! Enter….
Winner will be announced here when giveaway ends!