DEERING ESTATE ART HIKE
Melissa Diaz, Deering Estate Cultural Arts Curator, and JW Bailly, Deering Estate AIR, organize hikes for artists in the Deering Estate Natural Preserve. These hikes are organized specifically for the Miami art community. By offering artists an immersive experience into the pristine nature and archeological history of Miami, the hikes aim to expand the perception of Miami. It is hoped the resulting dialogue surrounding the identity of Miami will manifest itself in the contemporary arts.
The Deering Estate is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is home to the Cutler Fossil Site, oldest archaeological site in southeastern Florida, as well as one of only two unexcavated Tequesta Burial Mounds. The Deering Estate Nature Preserve is one of the few remaining pristine natural environments in Miami.
16701 SW 72nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33157
The Deering Estate is located in South Miami-Dade County in the Village of Palmetto Bay. There is very limited public transportation access to the Deering Estate. Car parking is ample and free, however. Detailed information is available on https://deeringestate.org/plan-your-visit/
Dedicated to preserve and protect the natural, archaeological, architectural and historic legacy of the Estate by using cutting-edge tools and established methods to steward the management and utilization of its sensitive resources, while educating and enhancing the public appreciation of the unique characteristics of the site through well-matched and multipurpose uses.
DEERING ESTATE WALKING TOUR
Learn more about the history and nature with this Deering Estate Walking Tour
Participants meet at the main entrance.
HOW TO PREPARE FOR A HIKE IN THE DEERING ESTATE NATURE PRESERVE
- We must and will stay as a group for the duration of the time in the Deering Estate Nature Preserve. This is a restricted area-access is heavily regulated.
- Bring a good, comfortable backpack.
- Despite the Miami heat, wear long sleeves and long pants. You should protect yourself from plants and insects.
- Wear a pair of good walking shoes. Do not wear sandals. Bailly strongly recommends also bringing a pair of water shoes. Change shoes as we go in and out of water and keep the spare in your backpack in a plastic bag.
- Bring a reusable water bottle and a snack (energy bar and fruit are good). Bailly takes two 1 liter water bottles.
- Always wear sunscreen.
- There is a possibility of encountering some wildlife (crocodiles, snakes, raccoons). You can always look, but never touch.
- The Deering Estate allows visitors to bring food into the property. So pack a picnic, if you wish. Be mindful of properly disposing of trash.
- Please feel free to bring your phone, GoPro or camera. Photographs are encouraged, but photos of some sites may not be posted on social media.
- At various times, the group will pause so participants can write, draw, or photograph. Please be prepared if you wish to do this and be patient for others to finish.
This webpage lists the equipment Bailly uses.
EDITORS AND LAST UPDATE
John William Bailly 14 February 2021
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