2017-05-18 / Real Estate News

Take a Memorial Day Guided walk on the wild side at Wild Turkey Strand; recall World War II history

Celebrate Memorial Day weekend with a free, guided walking history tour of the Lee County Wild Turkey Strand Preserve, formerly part of Buckingham Army Airfield. This year marks the 75th anniversary of the airfield’s closure.

The Wild Turkey Strand Preserve is a Lee County Conservation 20/20 site and is the second largest preserve in the county. Nearly 50,000 acres of Lee County were once home to Buckingham

Army Airfield. During World War II, The base was used by the Army Air Forces Training Command to train aerial gunners assigned to bomber aircraft.

Historian Jim Zbick from the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library will lead the 1.5-mile walk at 9 a.m. Friday, May 26. Advance reservation is required. Call Conservation 20/20 Coordinator Jason Boeckman at 204-1125.

Participants should meet in the parking lot, wear closed-toed shoes, and bring a water bottle, hat, sunscreen, and camera. Parking is free but limited.

For more information about Conservation 20/20, visit www.Conservation2020.org. For information about guided walks scheduled across all Lee County parks and preserves, visit www.leegov.com/ parks/parks. For more information about the Southwest Florida Military Museum & Library, visit www.swfmm.org. ¦

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