Alachua Audubon Society

A chapter of the National Audubon Society

Family Birding

Protecting our natural resources through education of adults and especially children


Family Birding at Paynes Prairie State Preserve La Chua Trail

We welcome you the first Saturday of each month October through April, to join us for a hike on La Chua Trail and learn about birds.  Children are welcome, but must be accompanied by an adult.  Meet us in the La Chua Trail parking lot; the north entrance to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, by 9:00 a.m.

Hikes are limited to 20 people.  Reserve your spot by following the link for each month’s trip on our Upcoming Events calendar located on the right side of this page, then click the registration button on the web site.

Or go to and click on Events and then find the month you would like to attend and register there.

Hikes are free, but regular park admission fees apply.  Park admission at La Chua Trail is $4.00 per vehicle, cash only, or free with a Florida State Parks Annual Pass.

Binoculars are available for loan during the hike, but supplies are limited and preference given first to those with reservations.

No pets permitted.

This program is supported by Paynes Prairie and Alachua Audubon volunteers.

If you would like more details of each walk please send an inquiry to


Last Updated July 11th, 2021, Tim Hardin


  1. Hi! I am wondering if it would be possible to arrange a special birding trip for a church youth group? It might have more than 20 people is why I am asking.

    • Dear Danielle, would you please call me at my home phone 352-372-0754 to discuss what you have in mind? Emily Schwartz for Alachua Audubon

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