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Friday, January 8, 2016

Guided Hike & Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 9:00am EST

There is no cost to participate in either portion other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors

($2.00 for pedestrians/bicyclists entering the park from the Legacy Trail; cost for vehicles varies based on occupancy.)

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

This two-part program is conducted by a Ranger or Volunteer. Hike time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00a.m. Bike time: 10:30 a.m. to noon. The guide will take you on an informative walk along one of the six trails in the park.  If you’re interested in taking your journey a step further, stay for the second portion of the program which includes a leisurely bike ride along the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Participants must provide their own bikes; road and trail bikes are ok. Children under 16 years of age must wear a helmet while bicycling. Both portions of the program begin at the Nature Center. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Mindful Garden Walk @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Program is included with park entry.  

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Join Ranger Joe for a Mindful Garden Walk.  Joe will begin the program with an introduction to the practice of mindfulness, followed by a tour of the gardens.  Learn how to slow your mind and enjoy the present moment with our Mindful Garden Walk. Spaces are limited, so pre-registration is required by calling 386-446-6783.  

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ranger Led Hike @ Long Key State Park

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with park admission or camping fees.

More Information:
(305) 664-4815

Located in the Southeast region at:
Long Key State Park
67400 Overseas Hwy
Long Key, FL 33001

Join us for a ranger led hike on the Golden Orb Nature Trail. You will travel 1.1 miles on the loop trail through 4 distinct habitats. A park ranger will explain the different habitats and point out interesting plants and animals along the way. This trail may flood at high tide, so please wear comfortable walking shoes that can get wet.

Additional Information:

For participation requirements, please visit https://www.floridastateparks.org/park-documents/Long-Key/participation-requirement

Reptile, Amphibians and the water they live in @ Alafia River State Park

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm EST

Free Educational Event

More Information:
Nancy Murrah

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Learn about the reptiles and amphibians that make Alafia River State Park home.  From alligators to turtles, a variety of reptiles and amphibians live here in the park.  You will also learn about the good and bad reptiles and what we can do to keep a natural balance of the land.  We will take a short walk to look for reptiles and amphibians.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Interpretive Walks and Presentations Schedule for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park @ Hugh Taylor Birch State Park

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 2:00pm EST

Only park entrance fees apply.

More Information:
(954) 564-4521

Located in the Southeast region at:
Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 East Sunrise Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304

Interpretive Walks and Presentations Schedule for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park
3109 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 – (954) 564-4521

Hugh Taylor Birch State Park is proud to offer the following Interpretive Ranger-guided walks and programs each Friday and Saturday of the month. Please see the walks and programs explanations and their regularly-scheduled rotations. Park entry fees apply $2 per pedestrian, $4 single person in a vehicle, $6 two or more persons in a vehicle. Guided walks are Free. Donations are appreciated and will be given directly to the Friends of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, a 501c3 Citizen’s Support Organization:

 

Every Friday & Saturday
Live Animal Presentation | 1:00pm

A Live Animal Presentation will be held in front of the Terramar Visitors Center – Park Rangers will offer a Live Animal Presentation with our park’s very own resident critters, including the highly Threatened Eastern Indigo Snake, a variation of Florida Rat Snakes as well as variations between Florida-native Corn Snakes. Occasionally the presentation will include native turtle species as well. Rangers will explain the intrinsic value of these wonderful creatures, describe their preferred habits and behaviors and habitats, and allow for direct interaction with guests.

 

First Friday of each month:
Mangrove Habitat Walk | 10:30am

This 1.5 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat, through Pavilion 1 & 2 area and into the park’s extensive mangrove habitat. Guests will receive a historical overview of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park and an introduction to Mangrove habitats as well as the primary species of plants and animals that populate the area. The walk will conclude along the Intracoastal waterway and wrap back around toward the park’s main entrance. The walk will take approximately 1.5 hours. Please wear comfortable walking shoes for the outdoors. Please bring water and any other protective gear dependent upon the season.

 

Second Friday of each month:
Mid-Trail Walk | 10:30am

This 2 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat. The trail walk will commence approximately half a mile up the main loop drive along what used to be called the “Exotic Trail.” Here, Mr. Birch had planted an assortment of exotic plants including Mango, Citrus, Almond and more. The Mid Trail now features an assortment of Native and non-Native plants. Guests will receive a broad historical overview of the park and hear about the importance of balanced ecosystems in South Florida. A large bee hive is featured along this trail for everyone’s education. Please be advised. The walk will eventually emerge at the north end of the park where guests can take a leisurely walk back to the south end.

 

Third Friday of each month:
Coastal Dune/Residual Slough and Historical Homes Lake Walk | 10:30am

This 1 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station (front entrance) of the park and guide guests past the famous Gopher Tortoise habitat. The walk will take guests past one of the park’s unique fresh-water ecosystems, the Coastal Dune Lake, and give guests explanations about the formation and evolution of Barrier Island systems. The walk will also incorporate a broad historical overview of the Terramar Estate (Mr. Birch’s home, exterior only) and the Caretaker’s Home, which were commissioned by Mr. Birch in 1940. The walk will continue outside of the Beach Gate entrance and touch on the Endangered Beach habitat that outlines the park’s eastern boundary, touch on protected plant and animal species such as sea oats and sea turtles.

 

Fourth Friday of each month:
Beach Hammock Trail & Sensitive Habitats Walk | 10:30am

This 1 mile walk will commence at the Ranger Station and take guests into one of the last residual Tropical Hardwood Hammock (Maritime Forest) habitats in Broward County. Guests will be explained the unique features that constitute our sub-tropical wooded areas as well as our small, residual Coastal Dune Lake systems. Guests will be given an introduction to the primary plant and animal species that populate these areas. A general overview of the original inhabitants to this part of Florida will be offered as well as historical relations between the first settlers. In addition, guests will be shown the highly endangered Beach Jacquemontia sensitive habitat area and be given an explanation of preservation efforts that are underway.

 

Fifth Friday of each month (for those months with a fifth Friday):
Beach/Dune Habitat and Coastal Walk  | 10:30am

This near-1 mile walk will commence at the Beach Entrance to the park. Guests will be lead around the beach entrance sensitive habitat areas, demonstrating the residual dune plants still residing on the property opposite A1A. Guests will be lead through the underpass tunnel or across the cross walk (once finalized) to the beach. Here guests will explained the unique features, flora and fauna, that constitute the primary dune on the beach. The tour will leisurely browse the coastline, discussing tidal influences on barrier islands, coastlines and explore the vast variety of species populating the areas between the land and the sea. 

 

Mid Trail Audio Tour – Available at all times.
This 2 mile walk can be taken through your own cell phone without a Ranger guiding you! The trail walk will commence approximately half a mile up the main loop drive. The Mid Trail Audio Tour covers a broad overview of the history of Hugh Taylor Birch State Park, offers an introduction to its ecosystems and also points out particulars along the path. A large bee hive is featured along this trail for everyone’s education. Please be advised. The walk will eventually emerge at the north end of the park where guests can either take the Intracoastal waterway back toward the front of the park, or take the main loop drive’s east side road back to the front of the park. The Audio Tour is free, but donations are welcome. Please inquire at the Ranger Station about this easy-to-use program.

Additional Information:

Our ranger guided walks range from less than a mile to over two miles. Please read the descriptions carefully. Reusable water bottles are recommended for each tour. Bug spray may be needed.

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, January 8, 2016 - 6:30pm EST

Free to registered campers.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

This family-friendly winter program is sure to entertain. Each week features a different theme. Campers can vote for the movie of their choice at the Nature Center, where the movie viewing will take place. Refreshments are provided and campers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and favorite movie theater snacks.

Additional Information:

Located in the Nature Center.

Guy LaBree Art Exhibition and the Rita Youngman Band Folk Performance @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 (All day)

Regular park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle with a limit 2-8 people per vehicle and $4.00 per single occupant vehicle apply.  There are no additional fees for this event.  

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Celebrate the legacy of Guy LaBree and take a journey through his life and art with Carol Mahler, author of Guy LaBree...Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles as she relates the intriguing tale of how this self-taught artist whose images depict Seminole customs, history and legends, became known as A Bosh Che---Will A Tee Chee, “The Barefoot Artist”of the Seminoles.   As a child, LaBree attended elementary school near the Dania (now Hollywood) reservation in the 1940s and formed lasting friendships with several Seminole classmates.   During the 1970s, LaBree was encouraged by these same friends to produce paintings depicting important teachings of Seminole culture that would help pass along traditional knowledge to younger generations.   Consequently, he was given unprecedented access to information that had never before been shared with outsiders.  Recognized by the tribe for their authenticity, his paintings are characterized by strong color and a stylized realism.  Two of his works may be found in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.  In the 1990s, LaBree completed Lake Istokpoga Village and Prairie Dwellers, two Lake Placid murals which contribute to the beauty and history of Florida in this charming “Old Florida” town.  LaBree was a third generation Floridian and life-long outdoorsman whose canvases illuminate the singular beauty of Florida.  A deep appreciation, respect and understanding of the Florida landscape and its flora and fauna are revealed.  In 2014, Guy LaBree received a Florida Folk Heritage Award from the Florida Department of State.  For more information on Guy LaBree, please visit www.guylabree.com/.    

Ms. Mahler is a professional storyteller, freelance writer, teacher, and musician.  She has served as a humanities scholar, discussion leader, and project director for programs funded by the Florida Humanities Council focusing on Florida literature, history, and oral history.  Her close friendship and many conversations with LaBree bring a unique insight to this overview of his work.  Copies of Guy LaBree "Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles" will be available for sale, and Pat LaBree will be exhibiting and selling reproductions of her late husband’s works from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ms. Mahler’s program is scheduled from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Florida folk musicians Rita Youngman, John Bois, and Steve Owens who play together as the Rita Youngman Band will be playing two 45 minute sets prior to and immediately following her presentation.  Ms. Youngman is a member of the Seminole Tribe.  Known for her “The Marshtackie and I” CD, she writes historical and love songs about the Seminoles and Florida.  The event is sponsored by Highlands Hammock State Park, the Friends of Highlands Hammock, and the Florida Humanities Council.