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Saturday, January 9, 2016

3rd Annual Artists' Party and Workshops @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 8:00am EST to Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

Regular park entry fees apply for visitors, who can take in the event at no additional charge. Artist-only participation fees are free for FLWAA members; non-members pay $15.00 plus park entry to participate.

More Information:
Call Babs Lupoli at 386-441-7142 or Carol Thorton at 386-295-4421 to pre-register and for more details.

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Open call for artists of both two and three-dimensional media to join a weekend of fun. The Florida Women's Art Association (FLWAA) and Tomoka State Park are co-hosting the 3rd Annual Artists' Party on Saturday, January 9th, and Sunday, January 10th, 2016, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. Artists will be painting "en plein aire" all around the park. Several workshops will be held throughout the weekend and the artists' work will be available for viewing and purchase in the recreation hall facility.  Come see creativity and nature blend before your eyes. Living history models will be on hand for the artists. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the park by the FLWAA.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Photography Workshop @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

$35.00, does not include park admittance.

More Information:
(561)776-7449, ext. 110

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us each month for technical and artistic instruction by a local professional. Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced; bring your own camera equipment – point and shoot or SLR. Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent. Fee is $35.00 and does not include Park admittance. For more information visit http://www.macarthurbeach.org/event/

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free entry for those who participate in the event.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Ocean trash can entrap and strangle ocean wildlife including endangered sea turtles. Please join us to preserve our water ways. Community service hours will be provided for school aged participants. For more information call Park Specialist Art at (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Waterfront Beautification Volunteer Project @ Fort Mose Historic State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

This is a free event.

Entrance to the Visitor Center is $2.00; children up to age 5 enter free.

More Information:
Vicki Tiseth, 904 823-2232, vicki.tiseth@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Fort Mose Historic State Park
15 Fort Mose Trail
St. Augustine, FL 32084

Join the Fort Mose staff and volunteers for a day of removing vegetation from the waterfront area. We are continually working to improve the view from the back yard of Fort Mose and look forward to a fun and rewarding day.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please wear closed toe shoes and dress appropriately for the outdoors.

Volunteer Work Day @ Dunns Creek State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free park entry for volunteers.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

Volunteer at beautiful Dunns Creek State Park!  Park staff and the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are hosting volunteer work days on the second Saturday of every month from 9 am - 12 pm.  Help us maintain the 6,200 acres of natural communities at the park!  Volunteer for a few hours and enjoy a noon cook-out picnic hosted by the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park.  As a volunteer, you will receive free park entry for the day and will have the opportunity to explore the park afterwards!

On Saturday, January 9th we will be painting the shop fence!  We will supply all of the materials and tools.  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy this laid-back work day!  In case of inclement weather, we have other projects scheduled indoors.

Additional Information:

Please bring water, sunscreen, bug repellent, and wear closed-toed shoes.

Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

As you meander down the trail to the cow camp, you will travel back in time to 1876.

At the end of the trail you will find a Florida Cow Hunter in a frontier camp along the route of a cattle drive. He will be cooking, making coffee, tending to the cattle or just resting up until the next round up or drive. The cow hunter will be happy to share stories about what his life is like and the challenges he faces.

Available upon request for groups of 15 or more.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a park naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail.  Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home.  Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tomoka Remembers Monthly Program @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Program is included with regular park admission fee.

More Information:
386-676-4050 for monthly program topics and more information.

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Each month Tomoka State Park will host a fun family program such as living history demonstrations, crafting, or an educational program of some type with a hands-on activity (when applicable). Past programs have included Indigo Dye-making, Seminole/Timucuan Indians, Spinning, Rug Weaving, Pine Needle Basketry and more. When a demonstrator is not available we will have on hand Junior Ranger kits, scavenger hunt sheets and other kids activities for our Echo Ranger participants and park guests. To register as an Echo Ranger or find out about the next month's program, please call 386-676-4050.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Day in History @ De Leon Springs State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Regular park entrance fees apply:  $6.00 for 2-8 people in a vehicle, $4.00 for a single occupant.

More Information:
386-985-4212

Located in the Central region at:
De Leon Springs State Park
601 Ponce de Leon Blvd.
De Leon Springs, FL 32130

Highlights of this exciting day are the living history demonstrations of various periods in Florida's history, including Native Americans, Spanish, British, Seminole War, Pioneers, Plantation Life, Civil War, and a Cow Camp.  Enjoy live music and visit displays from local historical organizations. See antique tractors and engines.

The park's goal is to provide access to the event for people of all abilities. If you have special needs, please contact the park before your arrival at 386-985-4212.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Backpack with a Ranger @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 12:00pm EST

$15 Per Person.  Prepaid online registration is required.  Register HERE

More Information:
Ranger Station, 352-466-3397

Located in the Northeast region at:
Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park
100 Savannah Blvd
Micanopy, FL 32667

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 AM, and concludes on the following Sunday around Noon at the starting point.

Participants will be responsible for packing in (and out) their own camping equipment, food, and water.  A campfire will be provided at the campsite.  There are no sources of drinking water along the trail or at the campsite.

The hike is strictly limited to 20 people, and prepaid online registrations are required. Registration closes on January 5th.  Register on Friends of Paynes Prairie website.

Hike requires a minimum of 5 participants in the total group for the program to happen; if 5 participants do not go, the hike will be cancelled and each participant will be contacted and refunded.

This hike is not recommended for children under 10.

No pets permitted.

Photography may be taken during this event. 

Additional Information:

Additional details and suggestions will be provided with your registration confirmation. 

Participation Requirements

 

Second Saturday Kids Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular park entrance fee $5.00 per vehicle (honor box - cash only).

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Join us on the farm. Children and adults alike can join in the fun!  There are hands-on demonstrations, crafts, old-fashioned games and even some education.  Learn about history and a farming way of life.

2015/2016 Schedule

10/10/2015 Scarecrows

11/14/2015 Tom the Turkey

12/12/2015 Festive Ornaments

01/09/2016 Weight and Scales

02/13/2016 A Victorian Valentine

03/12/2016 Sudsy Soaps

04/09/2016 Partake of the Past (see separate posting for more information)

05/14/2016 Beautiful Blooms

Depending on weather, it will be either in the Visitor Center or on the back porch of the farmhouse. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Bike Ride to Hidden Spring @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
PSS Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led bicycle tour through its varying forest communities to "Hidden Spring". The six-mile round trip journey will take participants through hardwood uplands, longleaf flatwoods, and cypress sloughs.  Surrounded by nature, guests will make stops to investigate the connections between plants, fungi, wildlife, and human history.  Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast or follow-up your adventure with lunch in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Additional Information:

Meet in the Lodge at Wakulla Springs parking lot.

Participants will need to bring a bicycle with good suspension, water, snacks (i.e. fruit or granola), and a bicycle helmet.

Space is limited.  Call 850-561-7286 to register.

Participation Requirements

Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

This workshop is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on equipment needed to enjoy a productive day of surf fishing at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park, 14251 N Hwy A1A.

Anglers should bring a pen or pencil and something to write on/take notes.

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, January 9, 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.

Nature Hike @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities.

Additional Information:

Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Nature Hike @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a Park Ranger for a leisurely paced hike to discover the island’s natural communities.

Additional Information:

Participants are encouraged to bring bug spray, sunscreen and bottled water. This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 5:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Every Saturday, a ranger will present a program on a different topic at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Examples of programs include "Weavers in the woods," "What's that sound?," "Pioneer survival," as well as programs on topics such as fire, gopher tortoises and more. For the specific topic or program for the coming weekend, please contact the ranger station.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the Camping & Museum Entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Music in the Park @ Anastasia State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Admission is half off at sunset!

More Information:
Renee Market 904-461-2035

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

The Friends of Anastasia State Park will be hosting a Music in the Park event at Island Beach Grill located at the end of the main park drive. This is an open jam session for anyone to join. Bring an instrument, your voice, or just your willingness to listen and enjoy some local musicians. You can also use this opportunity to join the Friends of Anastasia. Food will be available for purchase at Island Beach Grill. Park entrance fees are reduced 50% for sunset admission.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Night Hike on Dade's Trails @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle for park entrance, up to 8 people in vehicle, $2 bicyclist or walk-in

More Information:
352-793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Night Hike on the nature trails of Dade.  Participants will listen and look for owls, bats, frogs and other night creatures. 

2016 Americana Concert Series @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm CST

Event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Office: 850-267-8320

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

The Department of Environmental Protection's Camp Helen State Park will host The Americana Concert Series on January 9th, 2016. The first concert presents "The Currys" a homegrown, harmony rich folk rock trio from Port St. Joe, Florida. They recently performed at the Florida Folk Festival in 2015.