3rd Annual Artists' Party and Workshops @ Tomoka State ParkSaturday, 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.
Call Babs Lupoli at 386-441-7142 or Carol Thorton at 386-295-4421 to pre-register and for more details.
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.
Backpack with a Ranger @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, January 9, 2016 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, January 10, 2016 - 12:00pm EST
$15 Per Person. Prepaid online registration is required. Register HERE
Ranger Station, 352-466-3397
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 details and suggestions will be provided with your registration confirmation.
2016 Kiwanis Adventure Run @ Honeymoon Island State ParkSunday, 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
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.
For participation requirements please see the following link:
Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:00am EST
There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
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.
Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkSunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station 239-597-6196
Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!
Beach Combing Participation Requirements
Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSunday, January 10, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
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.
Tropical Hardwood Forest Nature Walk @ Dagny Johnson Key Largo Hammock Botanical State ParkSunday, January 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
The walk is free with the park entrance fee of $2.50 per person.
John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park Ranger Station, (305) 451-1202
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.
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.
Garden Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State ParkSunday, January 10, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4
Visit the gardens at Silver Springs State Park, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, for our Garden Tour. Join a park ranger for information about the gardens' history, learn about the different seasonal flowers and blooms, as well as about pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. The tour passes through the following gardens: Courtyard Garden, Crossroads Garden, Camellia Garden, Fire & Water Garden, and the tour ends at the Wildflower Garden. After the tour, visitors are free to continue exploring the garden pathways and trails or walk back along the river.
Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).
Music by firelight @ Oscar Scherer State ParkSunday, January 10, 2016 - 6:30pm EST
This program is open to registered campers only and is free of charge.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Music lovers will enjoy this program held by firelight at the Campfire Circle. If inclement weather will be held in the Nature Center