Robinson Preserve to host PokeWalk this Friday

  • Jul 18, 2016

MANATEE COUNTY, FL (July 18, 2016) – This Friday, Pokemon Go fans from around the area will take Manatee County’s most popular natural preserve by storm for the first ever PokeWalk. Nearly 100 people are already signed up for Robinson Preserve’s PokeWalk, and many more are expected.

 Manatee’s Parks and Natural Resources department will host the PokeWalk on Friday, from 6:30 – 8 p.m.


“Since Robinson is home to three gyms, numerous PokeStops and a few uncommon and rare Pokemon, we thought we’d welcome people in and show them how play responsibly in the preserve,” said Melissa Nell, Manatee Parks and Natural Resources Education and Volunteer Division Manager. “Come check out one of Manatee County’s most popular conservation properties and learn how the department protects the habitat to keep it healthy for real wildlife, as well as for Pokémon.”


Parks staff will kick off the evening with Trainer Tips provided by the department's resident professors – Professor Mangrove and Professor Sugarberry – to help visitors discover how to hunt for Pokémon in the preserves and parks safely. Then the professors will lead the group on a walk to the Robinson Tower Gym, picking up items and catching Pokémon along the way. Throughout the evening, staff will drop lures near the preserve’s entrance, and will host a few special activities  like a Pokemon photo contest.

Nell said cosplay is encouraged, as is dressing in team colors, but everyone should remember to hydrate regularly in the head and humidity. Participants may also want to bring:

* Extra battery or power pack for the phone (note: cellular coverage can be a bit spotty and may drain batteries faster in this area)
* Hat, sunscreen, and bug spray
* Water! (A MUST! Be sure to stay hydrated)
* A blanket or folding chair if you want to hang out by the PokéStops at the entrance (the grassy lawn of the Valentine House is available as a rest stop, but visitors are asked to leave the surrounding butterfly garden to the Weedles and Catterpies)

For more information on the event, or to learn about PokeWalks in the future follow the Parks and Natural Resources Department on Facebook at


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