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Special Events On the Suwannee River

Photograph of the stage and audience of the Florida Folk Festival.

Manatee Springs State Park

    Date: Saturday, February 21, 2015

    Wildland Fire Fighter Demonstration

    Join a Ranger to learn about how prescribed burning is an important tool in keeping natural areas like Manatee Springs State Park a beautiful place. Program includes a presentation about the role of prescribed fire, an introduction to protective equipment used, and a park fire truck demonstration.

    Where: The Backside of the main parking lot.

    What to bring: Sun screen, bug spray, water, and smiles!

    Fees: Regular park entrance fee.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-493-6072

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

    Date: Friday, February 13, 2015

    Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park, Florida’s first state park, will commemorate the 151st anniversary of the Civil War and host the 39th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on February 13, 14 & 15, 2015. Throughout the weekend, more than 2,000 demonstrators will present living history impressions of military and civilian life at the time of Florida’s largest Civil War battle.

    The Battle of Olustee was fought on February 20, 1864. Full-scale artillery, mounted cavalry and three African American regiments, took part in the battle that ended with 2,807 casualties and a Confederate victory. The 54th Massachusetts was among the African American troops that fought at Olustee.

    The living history weekend features a Civil War-era battle reenactment on Saturday at 3:30 p.m., as well as the reenactment of the Battle of Olustee on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.  Period music concerts and crafts, lectures, battlefield surgical practices and the lives of both white and black civilians during the war will be portrayed by re-enactors. Military camps and drills by infantry and artillery are scheduled throughout the weekend. There will be color ceremonies, cavalry, authentic camps, exhibits, food and much more!

    On Friday, February 13, educational programs are planned for students. School groups may call (386) 397-7009 to register for the event. Food concessions will be available. Pets are not allowed at the Olustee Battlefield Historic State Park during the reenactment.

    The Olustee Battle Civil War Reenactment is sponsored by the Florida Park Service, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Olustee Battlefield Citizen Support Organization and The Blue Grey Army of Florida, Inc.

    For more information on the Battle of Olustee, visit

Outfitters / Supplies Florida State Parks

The Suwannee River Wilderness Trail is a cooperative effort of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Suwannee River Water Management District, and the counties, cities, businesses and citizens of the Suwannee River Basin.

The listing of these private partners is for information purposes only and not an endorsement of that partner by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida State Parks or the Suwannee River Water Management District.

Suwannee River Wilderness Trail
(800) 868-9914

Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Division of Recreation and Parks
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