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Sunday, January 10, 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

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

 

2016 Kiwanis Adventure Run @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 7:00am to 12:00pm EST

Pre-registration using Active.com registration is $25.00 through midnight December 24, 2015.  Registration through midnight January 6th, 2016 is $30.00 Race day registration, January 10, 2016, is $35.00. No refunds. To register please use the following link http://www.kiwanisadventurerun.com/registration

More Information:
727-462-6187

Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Come out to Honeymoon Island State Park and conquer the island at the 2016 Kiwanis Adventure Runs! The Kiwanis Adventure Runs include 5k and 5 mile races on the beautiful trails of Honeymoon Island State Park. Both race courses are challenging as they go through varied terrain including hard packed road, grass, dirt/mud, and sand. Depending on weather or conditions the course may be altered race day, but the runs will go on regardless of cold, rain, or storm.

The event takes place on Sunday January 10, 2016. Check-in and registration begins at 7:00 am. Both 5k and 5 mile races start at 8:30 a.m.   Runners will be allowed FREE Admission to enter Honeymoon Island from 6:00 am to 8:00 am.  After the park opens at 8:00am the entry fee is $4 one person in a vehicle or $8 two or more persons in a vehicle. Parking is 1/4 mile away in the North Parking lot. Allow at least 30 minutes to get from the entrance gate, to park, and get to registration.

All registered runners will receive a long sleeve tee shirt, but no shows will forfeit their shirt. Awards will be given for each race to the top male and female finisher as well as the top three finishers in each male and female age division.

 

Additional Information:

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Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:00am EST

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

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 weekly program is offered during bald eagle nesting season. Two nests are located in the park but the easiest to access is on the Green Trail. Once nest construction has begun, part of the trails are roped off per federal law. To view the eagles from a safe distance, a Volunteer will be manning a viewing station. A high-powered spotting scope to view the nest will be provided. The 20-minute walk to the eagle viewing station on the Green Trail from the Nature Center or campground is self-guided and trail maps can be obtained at the Ranger Station and Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station 239-597-6196

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

Additional Information:

Beach Combing Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, January 10, 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

Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.

More Information:
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (305) 451-1202

Located in the Southeast region at:
Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State Park
County Road 905, Mile Marker 106
Key Largo, FL 33037

Join Volunteer Susan Kolterman and learn about the native plants in the tropical hardwood hammock. Susan's knowledge is extensive, so birds, butterflies, and even lichens, could be a topic covered in her hourly tour.

Additional Information:

Though not usual in the winter months, long sleeves and pants, and insect repellant may be necessary. Essential Eligibility Criteria: 1) Must have the ability to follow visual and/or verbal instructions independently or with the assistance of a companion. 2) Must have the ability to withstand exposure to the outdoors for a period of sixty (60) minutes. 3) Must have the ability to traverse roadway for up to one-half mile independently or with the assistance of a companion.

Music by firelight @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 6:30pm EST

This program is open to registered campers only and is free of charge.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Music lovers will enjoy this program held by firelight at the Campfire Circle. If inclement weather will be held in the Nature Center 

Additional Information:

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