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Ranger Programs - Northeast District

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GROUP PROGRAMS
Amelia Island State Park

Fridays - Call for reservations.


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RANGER TALKS AND RANGER WALKS
Amelia Island State Park

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Amelia Island State Park

Self-guided


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GROUP PROGRAMS
Big Talbot Island State Park

Fridays - Call the park for reservations.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Big Talbot Island State Park

Self-Guided


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RANGER TALKS & RANGER WALKS
Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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ST. CLAIR WHITMAN HOUSE TOUR
Cedar Key Museum State Park


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SCRUB JAY WALK
Cedar Key Scrub State Reserve

By appointment.


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TOOLS & TECHNOLOGY: NOW AND THEN
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Off-site schools as requested.


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GUIDED TOURS
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Ongoing.


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ARCHAEOLOGICAL TECHNIQUE DEMONSTRATION
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Scheduled.


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SIFTING FOR TECHNOLOGY
Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Ongoing.


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EXOTIC INVASIVE PLANTS
Crystal River Preserve State Park

Available upon request.


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SUNSET CRUISE
Crystal River Preserve State Park

Call for Dates and Departure Times


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SATURDAY RANGER WALK
Devil's Millhopper Geological State Park

Ongoing


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SUMMER FRUIT HARVEST DAYS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

June through August.


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DUDLEY FARM HISTORIC PARK TOUR
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Fourth Saturday of the month, October to May. Starting at 10:00 a.m., please meet at the Visitors Center.


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SELF-GUIDED TOUR
Dudley Farm Historic State Park


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TRADITIONAL CRAFTS & DOMESTIC SKILLS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Each Wednesday of the month EXCEPT the 3rd Wednesday, and holidays and December.


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DUDLEY FARM TREE-SURE HUNT
Dudley Farm Historic State Park


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GUIDED PUBLIC TOURS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

October through July.


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SCHOOL EDUCATION PROGRAMS & TOURS
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

October through July.


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FARM PRODUCTS AVAILABLE
Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Wednesday through Sunday.


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DAILY EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Ongoing


Park rangers and volunteers present educational programs throughout the day, every day of the year.

Educational Program Schedule

  • Manatee Program - 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
  • Wildlife Encounters - 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Alligator and Hippopotamus - 12:30 p.m.

Manatee Program
Manatee programs are offered three times a day at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. A Park Ranger or Wildlife Care Volunteer presents an informative program on the history of this endangered marine mammal and general information on the wild manatee population. They also explain the State Park's role as a rehabilitation facility for injured and orphaned manatees in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Presenters show the audience manatee bones and tracking equipment to make the program more interesting and fun. Visitors may see the State Park's resident manatees in the spring, from the Fish Bowl underwater observatory or in the in-ground pool. Wild manatees can often be seen visiting the Blue Waters area off the Garden of the Springs.

Wildlife Encounters
Wildlife Encounter programs are held twice daily at 10:30 a.m. and at 2:30 p.m. at the Wildlife Encounter Pavilion. A Park Ranger or Wildlife Care Volunteer introduces an example of a native Florida species, which may be a bird of prey, an opossum, a gopher tortoise or a non-venomous snake. They discuss the species' range, diet and role in the eco-system and answer questions from the audience. Visitors are encouraged to preserve and protect Florida's native wildlife and natural resources.

Alligator and Hippopotamus Program
The alligator and hippopotamus program is presented daily at 12:30 p.m. A Park Ranger or Wildlife Care Volunteer discusses the history of the American alligator and its range, diet and role in the eco-system. After the alligator presentation, the ranger or volunteer introduces the Park's African hippopotamus, explaining why a Florida State Park has an example of this exotic species, how he came to be here, his history in television and film and why a Florida Governor made him an Honorary Florida citizen.

Transportation from the Visitor Center on U.S. 19 to the West Entrance is by boat or tram. Boats leave on a regular basis throughout the day with the last boat leaving the Visitor Center for the park at 3:15 p.m. The last returning boat departs the West Entrance at 3:45 p.m.; trams provide return transportation to the visitor center until 5:30 p.m. Boat trips are approximately 25 minutes in length and offer an introduction to the Florida Park Service and the wildlife park as you travel along Pepper Creek.

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RANGER INTERPRETIVE PROGRAM
Forest Capital Museum State Park


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MUSEUM
Forest Capital Museum State Park


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RANGER INTERPRETIVE
Fort Clinch State Park

Ongoing


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CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
Fort Clinch State Park

Every Saturday evening, November through April.


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CANDLELIGHT VIEWING
Fort Clinch State Park


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NATURE WALKS
Fort Clinch State Park

Saturdays 10:30 AM


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NATURE WALKS
Fort Cooper State Park

Ongoing


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RANGER TALKS & RANGER WALKS
Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Self-guided


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GROUP PROGRAMS
Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Fridays - Call the park for reservations.


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GROUP PROGRAMS
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier

Fridays - Call the park for reservations.


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RANGER TALKS & RANGER WALKS
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
George Crady Bridge Fishing Pier

Self-guided


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HIKE AND SEEK!
Little Talbot Island State Park

This program runs seven days per week.


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RANGER TALKS & RANGER WALKS
Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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GROUP PROGRAMS
Little Talbot Island State Park

Fridays - Call the park for reservations.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Little Talbot Island State Park

Self-guided


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RANGER PROGRAMS
Manatee Springs State Park

Saturdays and some weekdays.


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GUIDED CANOE/KAYAK TOURS
Manatee Springs State Park

Daily


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SPECIAL YOUTH PROGRAM
Manatee Springs State Park

Ongoing.


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MARJORIE KINNAN RAWLINGS HOUSE TOUR
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park


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MARJORIE K. RAWLINGS AND BLACK HISTORY
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Historic State Park


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RIVER WALK
O'Leno State Park

1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. 10:00 a.m.


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WALKING FOR FUN AND FITNESS
O'Leno State Park

Every day during park hours.


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WILDLIFE PROGRAMS
O'Leno State Park

2nd and 4th Saturday of each month. 10:00 a.m.


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SELF GUIDED CELL PHONE TOUR
O'Leno State Park

Every day during park hours.


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FAMILY BIRDING AT PAYNES PRAIRIE
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

First Saturday of every month November through April


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GENTLE WALK AND TALK
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

1st and 3rd Thursday of each month, November through March.


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RIM RAMBLE HIKE
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Every 3rd Saturday - November through March


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RANGER'S CHOICE
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

4th and 5th Saturday of the month - November through March


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Self Guided


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CAMPFIRE PROGRAMS
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Every Saturday evening, November to February.


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WILDLIFE WALK
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Second Saturday of the month, November through March.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Self-guided


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GROUP PROGRAMS
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Friday - Call the park for reservations.


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RANGER TALKS & RANGER WALKS
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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GUIDED GARDEN WALKS
Rainbow Springs State Park

The first Wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m.


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TRAILS WORK DAY
San Felasco Hammock Preserve State Park

Takes place every 2nd Saturday of every month.


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INTERMEDIATE JEWELRY CLASS
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Call the park for dates and times.


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FOSTERS HAMMOCK PHOTOGRAPHY KIOSK
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park


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WORKING CRAFTSMEN AND CLASSES IN CRAFT SQUARE
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

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FIRST SATURDAY COFFEEHOUSE
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Call park for dates and times.


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JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Self-Guided


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RANGER TALKS & RANGER WALKS
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.


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GROUP PROGRAMS
Yellow Bluff Fort Historic State Park

Friday - Call the park for reservations.


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RANGER TALK - 'SWEET & SOUR'
Yulee Sugar Mill Ruins Historic State Park

Upon Request.


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