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Sunday, January 17, 2016

Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Free with park admission.

More Information:
(561) 624-6952

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

Bird lovers can join a Ranger-led educational walk identifying the many species of birds that make their home in our Park. Participants should bring binoculars or may rent them from the Gift Shop. Reservations are recommended and the program is free with Park admission. For more information and reservations, call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, January 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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

Ranger Guided Paddle @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Free with regular $2 per person park admission. Separate canoe and kayak rental fees from Nature Quest may apply. Fee schedule for rentals and rental rules and information can be accessed here.

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

Experience the Rainbow River on this Ranger guided canoe/kayak paddle. Bring your own vessel or rent a canoe or kayak from the in-park concessionaire, Nature Quest, to enjoy a wonderful excursion down the Rainbow River beginning at the kayak launch at the Headsprings. Along the way, view turtles, plants, and a myriad of fish species through the crystal clear blue water and learn about what makes the Rainbow River, its springs and wildlife so special. Paddlers will then turn back and continue up stream to complete their journey where they started for a maximum of a 1.5 hour paddle. Participation is limited. Call 352-465-8555 to register in advance.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

No pets allowed. Paddlers must stay within their vessels and wear a life jacket for the duration of the program. A maximum of 5 vessels can participate. Paddlers must call the Toll booth at 352-465-8555 in advance to register.

Music by firelight @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, January 17, 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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