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December 05, 2014

FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS (TAKING PLACE DEC 5TH THRU 31ST, EXCLUDING CHRISTMAS DAY, THE 25TH)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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December 19, 2014

CELEBRATION OF LIGHTS ( DECEMBER 19TH THROUGH DECEMBER 24, AND AGAIN ON DECEMBER 26TH, 2014!)
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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December 26, 2014

SANTA OVER THE RAINBOW - LIGHTS ONLY (TAKING PLACE DECEMBER 26TH & 27TH)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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December 27, 2014

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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December 27, 2014

JUNIOR RANGER PASSPORT ADVENTURE
O'Leno State Park

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December 27, 2014

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
O'Leno State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
Manatee Springs State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

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January 01, 2015

1ST DAY HIKE
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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January 01, 2015

1ST DAY HIKE
Big Shoals State Park

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January 01, 2015

FIRST DAY HIKE
O'Leno State Park

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January 01, 2015

1ST DAY HIKE (TAKING PLACE AT BIG SHOALS STATE PARK)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 02, 2015

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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January 03, 2015

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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January 03, 2015

RIVER WALK
O'Leno State Park

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January 03, 2015

MOONLIGHT PADDLE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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January 03, 2015

COMPASS SCAVENGER HUNT
O'Leno State Park

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January 03, 2015

ICHE NIPPY DIP DAY
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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January 03, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES - A TRULY TRADITIONAL CAMPFIRE PROGRAM
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 10, 2015

WINTER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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January 10, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES - FOLK TALES & FIRE
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 10, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - CONSERVATIONISTS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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January 10, 2015

SATURDAY CRAFTERNOON
O'Leno State Park

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January 10, 2015

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
O'Leno State Park

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January 10, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - THATS WOOL
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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January 11, 2015

NATIONAL STEPHEN FOSTER DAY
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 17, 2015

FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 17, 2015

GUIDED BIRD WALK
O'Leno State Park

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January 17, 2015

CAMPFIRE COOKING
O'Leno State Park

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January 23, 2015

OWL PROWL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 24, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES - THE THINGS YOU DON'T SEE
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 24, 2015

JUNIOR RANGER PASSPORT ADVENTURE
O'Leno State Park

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January 24, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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January 24, 2015

INTRODUCTION TO CAMPING
O'Leno State Park

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January 26, 2015

LU, THE HIPPOPOTAMUS' BIRTHDAY
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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January 30, 2015

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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January 31, 2015

YESTERDAYS FESTIVAL
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

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January 31, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES - FLORIDA CRACKER CUISINE
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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January 31, 2015

SNAKES OF NORTH FLORIDA
O'Leno State Park

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January 31, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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January 31, 2015

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
O'Leno State Park

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February 06, 2015

CLASSIC FILMS FILMED IN FLORIDA - HONORING BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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February 07, 2015

THE ICHETUCKNEE TIME MACHINE
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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February 07, 2015

RIVER WALK
O'Leno State Park

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February 07, 2015

COMPASS SCAVENGER HUNT
O'Leno State Park

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February 07, 2015

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Date: Saturday and Sunday, February 7 & 8, 2015

Description:

If you're interested in taking your next camping venture beyond the campground, but you're not ready to make the trip on your own, then join one of our rangers on a group overnight hike just off the beaten prairie path. Journey along biologically and historically unique areas, and learn about the Prairie's relationship to people of the past, present, and future.

This overnight trip is a moderately strenuous hike of approximately 6.5 miles over level to slightly rolling terrain. The pack in, pack out hike begins Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m., and concludes on the following Sunday around Noon at the starting point.  Trip begins and ends at the La Chua Trail parking lot.

Fee to Attend: $15.00 Per Person

Limited to 20 People

The hike is strictly limited to 20 people, and prepaid online registrations are required. Please note that these programs fill very quickly, so reserve your spot soon.

Reservations are taken ONLINE only at Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.

This hike is not recommended for children under 10.

No pets permitted.

Photography may be taken during this event.

For more information, visit Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc. or contact the Visitor Center at 352-466-4100. The Visitor Center is open 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily.

Participation Requirements

Fees: $15.00 per person.

Contact: For more information, call 352-466-4100 between 9:00 a.m and 4:00 p.m.

Directions: Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park is located 10 miles south of Gainesville, in Micanopy, on the east side of US 441.

Coming from the north on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn left at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

Coming from the south on I-75: Take exit 374, the Micanopy exit, and turn right at the end of the exit ramp. You will then be traveling east on CR 234. Stay on this road 1.4 miles until it intersects with US 441. Turn left onto 441 and go about 0.6 miles to Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park (on the right).

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February 13, 2015

151ST ANNIVERSARY OF OLUSTEE (TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 13, 14 & 15, 2015)
Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park

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February 13, 2015

151ST ANNIVERSARY OF CIVIL WAR BATTLE (TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 13, 14 & 15 AT OLUSTEE BATTLEFIELD HISTORIC STATE PARK)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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February 14, 2015

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS
O'Leno State Park

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February 14, 2015

SATURDAY CRAFTERNOON
O'Leno State Park

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February 14, 2015

WILDLIFE PARK'S ARTS & CRAFT SHOW
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 14, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - CHICKENS GALORE
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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February 21, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - ALLIGATORS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 21, 2015

CRACKER DAYS AND NATIVE PLANT SALE (TAKING PLACE FEBRUARY 21ST & 22ND)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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February 21, 2015

CITRUS WATERCOLOR CLUB SHOW AND SALE (FEBRUARY 21ST & 22ND)
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 21, 2015

WINTER SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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February 21, 2015

THE HUNT IS ON! PHOTO SCAVENGER HUNT
O'Leno State Park

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February 21, 2015

RIVER WALK
O'Leno State Park

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February 27, 2015

OWL PROWL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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February 28, 2015

WILDLIFE ENCOUNTERS!
O'Leno State Park

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February 28, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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February 28, 2015

JUNIOR RANGER PASSPORT ADVENTURE
O'Leno State Park

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February 28, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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March 06, 2015

MOON OVER THE MOUNDS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

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March 07, 2015

RACE THE TORTOISE 5K
O'Leno State Park

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March 07, 2015

BACKPACK WITH A RANGER
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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March 07, 2015

COFFEE HOUSE EVENT  HOSTED BY MICHAEL VICKEY
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 07, 2015

ART IN THE PARK SHOW AND SALE (TAKING PLACE MARCH 7TH & 8TH)
Rainbow Springs State Park

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March 07, 2015

SPRINGTIME SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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March 07, 2015

HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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March 13, 2015

OWL PROWL
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 14, 2015

FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 14, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - BEAUTIFUL EGGS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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March 14, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - HISTORY MONTH
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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March 21, 2015

15TH ANNUAL WILD AZALEA FESTIVAL  KICKS OFF MARCH 20TH
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 28, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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March 28, 2015

OLENO OLE CHILI COOK-OFF & SPRINGS CELEBRATION
O'Leno State Park

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March 28, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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March 28, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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April 02, 2015

27TH ANNUAL ANTIQUE TRACTOR & ENGINE SHOW (TAKING PLACE APRIL 2, 3 AND 4TH)
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 04, 2015

FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 04, 2015

EASTER EGG HUNT
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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April 04, 2015

SPRINGTIME SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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April 11, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - PARTAKE OF THE PAST (TAKING PLACE APRIL 11TH & 12TH)
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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April 11, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - WETLANDS & WILDFLOWERS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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April 11, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 18, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 18, 2015

BIRD WALK WITH CITRUS COUNTY AUDUBON
Rainbow Springs State Park

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April 25, 2015

CAMPFIRE PROGRAM SERIES
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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April 25, 2015

MONTHLY BIRD WALK ON PEPPER CREEK TRAIL
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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May 02, 2015

SPRINGTIME SUNRISE CANOE TOUR
Ichetucknee Springs State Park

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May 09, 2015

DUDLEY KIDS DAY - MOO COWS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

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May 09, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - FLORIDA PANTHERS & BOBCATS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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May 22, 2015

63RD ANNUAL FLORIDA FOLK FESTIVAL - MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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June 13, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - KEY DEER
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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June 15, 2015

WILDLIFE RANGER CAMP (AGES 8 AND 9 YEARS OLD).
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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July 11, 2015

WILDLIFE JEOPARDY PROGRAM - BALD EAGLES
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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July 13, 2015

WILDLIFE RANGER CAMP (AGES 10 THROUGH 12).
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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October 30, 2015

HAUNTED TRAM RIDES (OCTOBER 30TH & 31ST, 2015)
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

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