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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 9:00am EST

Park entrance fees apply.  $5.00/ vehicle (2-8 people), $4.00/ vehicle (1 occupant)

More Information:
kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Searching high, searching low, along the Oxbow we will go!  Join a Ranger for a guided Nature Walk on the Oxbow Trail, where we'll take a look at the rare and unique upland and wetland communities found in the park. 

Additional Information:

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  If you have questions regarding your ability to participate in this program please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC Nature Walk) or call the Ranger Station at (813) 671-5005 for more information.  If you need accommodations to make your full participation possible, please call the Ranger Station at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am 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

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities.  Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide. Fuel up with breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge prior to the walk.  There's no better time of year to enjoy the old-growth Southern hardwood forests of the park.

Additional Information:

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

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

Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, January 16, 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

18th Annual Wildlife and Wildlands Art Show @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm 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

The art show site is in a unique and beautiful setting alongside the beach where visitors can meet the artists in a naturally shaded area of the park. Artwork depicts “Old Florida” and/or uses natural materials. Various mediums, such as photography, watercolors, acrylics, fusion glass, ceramics, and jewelry design are represented at the show. A percentage of the proceeds through sales of the artwork is donated to the Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park, a nonprofit 501 3c. Food from Naples Beach Adventures is available on site for lunch; ice cream from Royal Scoop Ice Cream and popcorn are also for sale. Acoustical guitarist, Amber Crowley, is scheduled to provide musical entertainment.

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

More Information:
Tina Miller tina.miller@dep.state.fl.us 386-688-3488

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Enjoy your morning coffee or cocoa with the park staff and volunteers while enjoying the picturesque, bird's eye view of the spring from the old log cabin.  Chat with park staff and ask any questions on your mind, or enjoy the peaceful nature views in good company.  Hot beverages are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite coffee mug.

Also, please contact us to request a special coffee time for your friends, family or other group.

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Please feel free to contact the park with any special accommodation requests to make your visit the best that it can be.

Guided Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Free with regular park entry.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park! Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every hour, departing at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm and 2 pm. Tours last approximately 30 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Speaker Series @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

$5 per person, does not include admission fee.

More Information:
Veronica Frehm, (561) 776-7449, ext. 104

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

We invite you to join us in the Pew Family Natural Science Education Center for great information, exciting insights and fascinating discussion on a broad scope of local topics. This month's speaker is Al Salopek, "I Resolve to Make a Difference." Offered November through April on the first Saturday at 10:00am. For more information, please call (561) 776-7449, ext. 104.

Additional Information:

Friends of MacArthur Beach members attend free.

Book Reading by Lyn Millner @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 11:00am to 1:00pm EST

FREE with regular park admission, which is $5 per carload of 2 to 8 people or $4 for one person in a car.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Join author Lyn Millner for readings from her newly released book about the founders of this beautiful and historic park "The Allure of Immortality:  An American Cult, a Florida Swamp, and a Renegade Prophet".  Get some insight on why well-to-do city people followed this self-styled prophet into the Florida swamp. The book reading will take place in Koreshan’s Art Hall.

Annual Friends Group Meeting @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm EST

The meeting is free with annual membership.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, 904-251-2811

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

Love your parks? Join the Park’s non-profit Friends group and make a difference in your ‘wild’ backyard. The Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks is hosting their annual meeting at the Ribault Clubhouse on Fort George Island Cultural State Park and is inviting everyone interested in becoming a friend to attend. The Friends work on park improvement projects, special events, fundraisers, volunteer efforts and more. Snacks and beverages will be provided as well as a meet and greet with the board.

Additional Information:

More information on the group can be found at the webpage, www.talbotislands.com . Please call the park to RSVP at 904-251-2811. We hope to see you there!

Participation Requirements

Annual Friends Group Meeting @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 12:30pm to 2:00pm EST

The meeting is free with annual membership.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist, 904-251-2811

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

Love your parks? Join the Park’s non-profit Friends group and make a difference in your ‘wild’ backyard. The Friends of Talbot Islands State Parks is hosting their annual meeting at the Ribault Clubhouse on Fort George Island Cultural State Park and is inviting everyone interested in becoming a friend to attend. The Friends work on park improvement projects, special events, fundraisers, volunteer efforts and more. Snacks and beverages will be provided as well as a meet and greet with the board.

Additional Information:

More information on the group can be found at the webpage, www.talbotislands.com . Please call the park to RSVP at 904-251-2811. We hope to see you there!

Participation Requirements

Cast Net Class @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with paid park admission.

More Information:
772-388-2750

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

Learn “How to” make, repair and throw a cast net.  Learn about cast netting laws, including which fish you can catch and keep in a cast net.  Try your hand at throwing a cast net.  Meet at the Sebastian Fishing Museum located of the south side of Sebastian Inlet.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements.

"Man Discovers Paradise" Ranger Program @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:30pm EST

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Take yourself back in time before man was at Rainbow Springs during this Ranger led program. Imagine the abundance of wildlife early Native Americans would have seen, how they would have depended upon the land, and the natural untouched beauty that surrounded them.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

This program will require minimum walking from the Headsprings veranda down to the water's edge where you will stand or sit outside for the duration of the 30min program. Participants should be prepared to walk sloping paved, and unpaved terrain and wear comfortable clothing fit for walking, standing and outdoor exposure. This program is more suitable for adults and children older than 15.

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

Saturday, January 16, 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.

Talbot Critters @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, January 16, 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 to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Talbot Critters @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, January 16, 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 to learn about the many common species that inhabit the natural communities of the undeveloped barrier islands of northeast Florida.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Dining Under the Stars at Fort Foster @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, January 16, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EST

$25.00 per person.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Dine under the stars like an 1830's military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster.  Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, such as heart of palm and gator tail, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy more modern and decadent fare, such as roast pork, kettle beans and other complimenting side dishes, as well as, coffee, tea, and water.  Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts from the second Seminole Indian war era in our interpretive center.  From here the visitors will start the journey back in time by boarding and enjoy a 15 minute tram ride to the Fort.  Once at the historic site, park staff will lead the group through the grand doors and protective walls of the fort where they will enjoy a candle lit tour of the officers’ quarters, infirmary, and quarter masters' supply room.  Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience. 

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 16, 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.