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Special Events On the Suwannee River


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

Big Shoals State Park

  • 6TH ANNUAL FAMILY PUMPKIN FESTIVAL
    Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014
    Description:

    Big Shoals State Park will be hosting its Annual Family Pumpkin Festival from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 18th 2014. There will be many games including pumpkin bowling, a pumpkin slingshot, face painting, pumpkin decorating, a treasure chest to pull some prizes out of, and a haunted hayride through the woods. There will be a costume parade at 5:30 p.m. and an award ceremony at 6:00 p.m. for costumes and for pumpkin decorating! 

    For more information on the festival please contact Park Services Specialist, Stephanie McClain @ 904.540.6781.


    Fees: This event is free with park entry fee of $5.00 per vehicle.
    Contact: For more information, call 904-540-6781.

Fanning Springs State Park

  • FIRST VOLUNTEER PROJECT FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY (AND SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27TH AT MANATEE SPRINGS STATE PARK)
    Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
    Description:

    Here’s the CHALLENGE- Can you enjoy nature, while giving back? There are TWO volunteer opportunities to give back to nature and possibly learn.

    ONE- Friday Septmeber 26th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Help clean up and restore the Nature Coast State Trail at the Suwannee River trestle. Join park staff to pick up trash and debris left from the summer’s activities. A BBQ lunch, trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided, along with free admission to the park. Meet at Fanning Springs State Park, at the concessionaire building at 9:30 am for registration. Contact: Kirk Marhefka kirk.marhefka@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 535-5181

    TWO- Saturday September 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Help clean up the Suwannee River after all the summer activities at Manatee Springs. Bring your kayak, canoe, or just walking shoes and help make the Suwannee River beautiful again by picking up trash in the river. If you don’t have a canoe or kayak and still want to go by water, we can provide a canoe or kayak, but they are limited so please reserve your vessel (see contact). We will shuttle people from Anderson Outdoor Adventure up to Clay landing to launch and float down while picking up trash along the way. There will be a boat on the water to collect full bags. A BBQ lunch, trash bags, trash pickers, and water will be provided, along with free admission to the park. Meet at the Manatee Springs Concessioniare, Anderson Outdoor Adventure at 9:00 am for registration. Contact: Teri Graves teri.l.graves@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 493-6736


    Fees: This event is free.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-535-5181.

Madison Blue Springs State Park

  • NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY - WORK AND FUN DAY.
    Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Description:

    Work and fun day. Install a handrail from parking area down to the Spring. Remove old aqua fir sign and use the material for an interpretive cave system map. Maintain and trim trees. Join an afternoon dive if you're a certified cave diver or just go for a swim.

    For additional information call Madison Blue Spring @ 850-971-5003 or email Margaret Polino.

                                                                           


    Fees: This event is free.
    Contact: For more information, call 850-971-5003.

Manatee Springs State Park

  • FIRST VOLUNTEER PROJECT FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY (AND FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26TH AT NATURE COAST TRAIL)
    Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Description:

    Here’s the CHALLENGE- Can you enjoy nature, while giving back? There are TWO volunteer opportunities to give back to nature and possibly learn.

    ONE- Friday Septmeber 26th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Help clean up and restore the Nature Coast State Trail at the Suwannee River trestle. Join park staff to pick up trash and debris left from the summer’s activities. A BBQ lunch, trash bags, gloves, and water will be provided, along with free admission to the park. Meet at Fanning Springs State Park, at the concessionaire building at 9:30 am for registration. Contact: Kirk Marhefka kirk.marhefka@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 535-5181

    TWO- Saturday September 27th 10:00 am – 2:00 pm Help clean up the Suwannee River after all the summer activities at Manatee Springs. Bring your kayak, canoe, or just walking shoes and help make the Suwannee River beautiful again by picking up trash in the river. If you don’t have a canoe or kayak and still want to go by water, we can provide a canoe or kayak, but they are limited so please reserve your vessel (see contact). We will shuttle people from Anderson Outdoor Adventure up to Clay landing to launch and float down while picking up trash along the way. There will be a boat on the water to collect full bags. A BBQ lunch, trash bags, trash pickers, and water will be provided, along with free admission to the park. Meet at the Manatee Springs Concessioniare, Anderson Outdoor Adventure at 9:00 am for registration. Contact: Teri Graves teri.l.graves@dep.state.fl.us or (352) 493-6736


    Fees: This event is free.
    Contact: For more information, call 352-493-6736.

Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

  • FILMED IN FLORIDA CLASSIC MOVIE NIGHT
    Date: Saturday, September 20, 2014
    Description:

    Come join a Park Ranger under the stars for our “Filmed in Florida Classic Movie Night”, Saturday September 20, 2014 starting at 7:45 p.m.  (It will surely be a HOOT!)

    Bring your own blanket or lawn chair to Stephen Foster’s Amphitheater and enjoy the fun!

    There is a $5.00 per car fee to enter the park but the program is free!

    There will be soda and popcorn available for sale!

    This event will take place rain or moonshine. Accommodations will be made in case of rain or extremely cold temperatures. You may call the ranger station to find out what’s showing.

    Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility. If you need assistance or for more information on this event please contact the Ranger Station at (386) 397-4331.


    Fees: This program is free with regular park admission.
    Contact: For more information call 386-397-4331.

Troy Spring State Park

  • NATIONAL PUBLIC LANDS DAY - HELPING HANDS AT TROY SPRINGS
    Date: Saturday, September 27, 2014
    Description:

    Assist park staff with hardwood sapling removal and cleanup of trash and debris.  Bring small hand tools if you have them, gloves, sunscreen, bug screen, water and good humor!

    PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED!  Call 386-688-3488 to register.

     

     


    Fees: This event is free to participants.
    Contact: For more information, call 386-688-3488.
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