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Manatee Springs State Park
Essential Eligibility Criteria


EEC's for Various Ranger Programs

Guided Canoe / Kayak Program

In order to participate in this program&

  • Participant(s) with gear must not exceed manufacturers weight limit for canoe and kayak.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to wear a properly fitted personal floatation device.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the canoe/kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment. 
  • At least one person in the canoe/kayak must have the ability to move the vessel through the water in a stable manner and return it back to the launching area.
  • In the event of a capsize, you must have:
  •  The ability to get out from under the watercraft, independently.
  •  The ability to right oneself and remain face up in the water with the aid of a personal floatation device.

Prescribed Fire Program

In order to participate in this program&

  • Must have the ability to view a demonstration of equipment on a fire truck independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to handle fire equipment independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must wear protective footwear.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must bring water and bug repellant.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on picnic benches.

 

Alligator Program

In order to participate in this program&

  • Must have the ability to create an alligator magnet independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to handle crafting supplies independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be able to walk a minimum of a 300 yard boardwalk.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must bring water and bug repellant.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on wooden benches.


Wagon / Hay Rides

In order to participate in this program&

  • Must have the ability to follow verbal and/or visual instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the wagon/hay trailer independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of equipment: i.e.; wheelchair.
  • Must have the ability to remain seated, maneuver, and balance independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment for the duration of the tour approximately 1 hour.
  • Must have the ability to enter and exit the canoe/kayak independently or with the assistance of a companion or with the use of adaptive equipment.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for approximately 1 hour. 
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, participant must be at least 16 years of age.

"I am a Manatee" Program

In order to participate in this program&

  • Must have the ability to create an manatee, made of stuffing a sock with batting and using rubber bands,  independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to handle crafting supplies independently or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be able to participate in a book reading by visual and audio CD.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on wooden benches.


Edible Aquifer Program

In order to participate in this program: 

  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to work independently or with the assistance of a companion if program has activity for you to do.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be able to walk a minimum of 300 yards to a pavilion or be able to participate with little assistance.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must bring water and bug repellant.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on wooden benches or picnic tables and some programs include walking medium distances.


Wildlife Photography Program

In order to participate in this program: 

  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to work independently or with the assistance of a companion if program has activity for you to do.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be able to walk a minimum of 300 yards to a pavilion or be able to participate with little assistance.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must bring water and bug repellant.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on wooden benches or picnic tables and some programs include walking medium distances.


Snakes Program

In order to participate in this program: 

  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to work independently or with the assistance of a companion if program has activity for you to do.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be able to walk a minimum of 300 yards to a pavilion or be able to participate with little assistance.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must bring water and bug repellant.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on wooden benches or picnic tables and some programs include walking medium distances.


Wet Wildlife of Manatee Springs Program

In order to participate in this program: 

  • Must be able to follow verbal and/or visual instructions on how to work independently or with the assistance of a companion if program has activity for you to do.
  • Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of 45 minutes.
  • All participants must be able to walk a minimum of 300 yards to a pavilion or be able to participate with little assistance.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, all participants must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Must bring water and bug repellant.
  • All participants must be able to sit for a period of no less than 15 minutes on wooden benches or picnic tables and some programs include walking medium distances.