Pinellas County has been home to people for thousands of years.
They all relied upon resources from the land for their basic needs - food, water and shelter. They created everything they needed from what was around them in the environment. The types of plants, animals and other materials available to them helped shape their lifestyle. For the early residents, their life was intertwined with their environment.
The Shirley McPherson Native Plant Trail wanders through a pine flatwoods habitat featuring dozens of plants used for food and shelter by early inhabitants and pioneer settlers of the Pinellas peninsula. As you walk along the trail, you will learn about the relationship of people to the environment. Hopefully you will gain a new appreciation for Florida's native plants and wildlife and their value in the past as well as for the future.
Shirley McPherson was a devoted member of the Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society and a great supporter of Heritage Village and the Pinellas County Historical Society. This nature trail, created in her memory, uniquely combines Shirley's love for education and native plants into an enduring legacy for the public.
The trail was made possible by The Pinellas Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society, Heritage Village and Pinellas County.