Birding at MacArthur Beach @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSunday, January 17, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST
Free with park admission.
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 ParkSunday, January 17, 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 17, 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 17, 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.
Ranger Guided Paddle @ Rainbow Springs State ParkSunday, 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.
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520
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.
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 ParkSunday, January 17, 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