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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Guided Bird Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am 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

Guided Bird Walks are on the last Saturday in Sept -April led by Volunteer and President of Citrus County Audubon, Fred Hileman along with other birding enthusiasts. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. at the Headsprings Entrance Parking lot unless otherwise instructed. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars or other birding tools, good shoes, and water. A few pairs of binoculars may be available for use.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, January 30, 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. 

Classic Car Day @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

Included with the price of admission.

More Information:
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Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

Numerous classic cars will be on display at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park on Saturday, January 30, 2016. The event is included in the price of admission. You're invited to bring your cars. No cost to display. Arrive between 7 AM - 8:30 AM. For more info, please contact Marty Higbee at 727-667-5898.

Yesterday's Festival @ Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

Entry to the park is $5.00 per vehicle, up to eight people.

More Information:
For more information, call the Ranger Station at 352-473-4701.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Mike Roess Gold Head Branch State Park
6239 State Road 21
Keystone Heights, FL 32656

We invite you to experience a piece of history at one of Florida’s first state parks.  Learn the old-fashioned way of making cane syrup.  Take a walk back in time and witness how to loom and spin weave.  Moonshine simmers a pungent brew and Civil War re-enactors pose proudly by rustic campsites and cannons.  Join the Florida Park Service Alumni as they demonstrate open fire and cast iron cooking.  We’ll have vendors making root beer floats and kettle corn, and others selling their handmade crafts.   Local organizations will be selling a variety of foods and goodies ranging from hamburgers and hot dogs to homemade ice cream. 

This event is sponsored by The Gold Head Associates; a non profit friends group that helps to promote and enhance programs at Gold Head Branch State Park.

Experience an unforgettable event, an exciting time for everyone, as we peek down history’s corridors!

Additional Information:

  Participation Requirements

Planting Pumpkin Hill @ Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

No reservations are required and the program is free and open to the public.

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

Located in the Northeast region at:
Pumpkin Hill Creek Preserve State Park
13802 Pumpkin Hill Road
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Join a park ranger, 10,000 Trees Jax and the North Florida Land Trust in planting 3,500 long leaf pine seedlings to restore upland forest habitat at this beautiful and important watershed preserve. Learn about our native forests and wildlife and use a special planting tool, a dibble, to give these young trees their best start in the park.

Additional Information:

More information about the event and planting initiative is available at the 10,000 Trees Jax website. Participants are encouraged to bring bottled water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves and wear comfortable and sturdy clothing.

Participation Requirements

Planting Pumpkin Hill @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

No reservations are required and the event is free and open to the public.

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

Join a park ranger, 10,000 Trees Jax and the North Florida Land Trust in planting 3,500 long leaf pine seedlings to restore upland forest habitat at this beautiful and important watershed preserve. Learn about our native forests and wildlife and use a special planting tool, a dibble, to give these young trees their best start in the park.

Additional Information:

More information about the event and planting initiative is available at the 10,000 Trees Jax website. Participants are encouraged to bring bottled water, sunscreen, bug spray, work gloves and wear comfortable and sturdy clothing.

Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, January 30, 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

Fort Foster Rendezvous @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

$5 per person, donation; Ages 5 and under, FREE.  Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society.

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

Description: The Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Foster State Historic Site is hosting its 20th Annual Fort Foster Rendezvous.  This event is a living history reenactment featuring military, Seminole, and civilian reenactors, sutlers, traders, and craft demonstrations. Registration forms are available online. An opportunity to purchase period merchandise & refreshments is available to our park visitors.

Please note: This weekend event will offer ongoing daily live firing demonstrations and a skirmish between the Seminoles and military after 1:00 pm both days. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

The Fort Foster State Historic Site is located adjacent to Hillsborough River State Park on U.S. 301 North, 9 miles north of Fowler Avenue and 6 miles south of Zephyrhills.

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, January 30, 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.

Pack Walk @ St. Andrews State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm CST

Regular park admission fees apply, but are waived to those donating an item from the Bay County Animal Control wish list.

More Information:
St. Andrews State Park, 850-233-5164

Located in the Northwest region at:
St. Andrews State Park
4607 State Park Lane
Panama City Beach, FL 32408

St. Andrews State Park and Bay County Animal Control invite you to make the difference in the life of a shelter animal.  Join St. Andrews State Park Rangers for a guided hike on the Heron Pond Trail and “adopt” a dog to accompany you.  Walk an adoptable dog or bring your own four legged friend.

Additional Information:

Well behaved pets only please.  All dogs must be on a 6 foot leash and are not permitted in the buildings or on beaches.   Meet at picnic area by the Boat Ramp.

Participation Requirements

To find the Bay County Animal Services wish list, please visit

http://www.co.bay.fl.us/documentcenter/view/74

 

Bike Ride to Hidden Spring @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm 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

Wakulla Springs State Park will host a ranger-led bicycle tour through its varying forest communities to "Hidden Spring". The six-mile round trip journey will take participants through hardwood uplands, longleaf flatwoods, and cypress sloughs.  Surrounded by nature, guests will make stops to investigate the connections between plants, fungi, wildlife, and human history.  Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast or follow-up your adventure with lunch in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge.

Additional Information:

Meet in the Lodge at Wakulla Springs parking lot.

Participants will need to bring a bicycle with good suspension, water, snacks (i.e. fruit or granola), and a bicycle helmet.

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

Participation Requirements

Ravine Gardens 2016 Wedding Expo @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 11:00am to 4:00pm EST

$5 per person. Includes 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

Brides-to-Be come join us for the Ravine Gardens 2016 Wedding Expo! We will have vendors on site for all wedding related services including dresses, accessories, caterers, bakers, and so much more. Whether you are newly engaged or putting the finishing touches on your big day, our expo is the ideal place to get all of your information and ideas to make your day perfect!

We are currently looking for vendors that provide wedding-related services to take part in the event. There will be vendor sites available in the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center, as well as outside in the Court of States.  The vendor permit fee is $50 for the event, proceeds to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc. This secures a 10 foot area for the duration of the event. Vendors are responsible for their own tables, chairs, tents and displays. Interested vendors must complete an application form prior to the event. The deadline to apply is Friday, January 15, 2016.

For more information about participating as a vendor, contact Jessica Bebergal at (386) 329-3721 or email Jessica.Bebergal@dep.state.fl.us.

Additional Information:

Proceeds from the event to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc., a non-profit Citizen Support Organization (CSO) dedicated to supporting Ravine Gardens State Park and the community.

Participation Requirements

Mary's Music Series @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

FREE with park admission of $4 for one person in vehicle, $5 for up to eight persons in a vehicle.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

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

Saturday, January 30, 2016 1:00-2:00p.m. Elise Sherron will play classical piano on the historic 1885 Steinway Piano. This concert will take place in the Historic Art Hall at 1:00-2:00p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2016. Elise Sherron, 20 years old and originally from North Carolina, is a junior piano performance major at Florida Gulf Coast University where she studies with Dr. Michael Baron. She has been a prizewinner in several competitions in Florida and North Carolina, including the Young Artist Awards Competition of Southwest Florida and the Loren Withers Competition at Duke University. Her past studies have been at the North Carolina School of the Arts, under the direction of Dmitri Shteinberg, Eric Larsen, and Clifton Matthews. Elise has attended several music festivals, including a full scholarship to study at the Tibor Varga Conservatory in Sion, Switzerland, and at the Montecito Summer Music Festival in California.

Introduction to Kayak Fishing @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm 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

Children and adults of all ages come learn the basics and fun of kayak fishing. In this land based course, you will learn about equipment, tackle and gear as well as the skills needed to catch the big one! For more information and reservations, call the park's Nature Center at (561) 624-6952.

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

Saturday, January 30, 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.

Hike Through History @ Big Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Big Talbot Island State Park
State Road A1A North
Jacksonville, FL, FL 32226

Go on a nature hike with a park ranger through the forests and picturesque shoreline of Big Talbot Island and learn about the history, people, and places that once called this island home.

Additional Information:

The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island. Sunscreen, bug spray and bottled water are recommended.

Participation Requirements

Hike Through History @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with $3 vehicle entrance fee.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

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

Go on a nature hike with a park ranger through the forests and picturesque shoreline of Big Talbot Island and learn about the history, people, and places that once called this island home.

Additional Information:

The program will take place at the Bluffs pavilion on Big Talbot Island. Sunscreen, bug spray and bottled water are recommended.

Participation Requirements

Finding North / Compass Scavenger Hunt @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, January 30, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Cindy Preston 386-454-0723 Cynthia.F.Preston@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Join park volunteer Larry Ganion to learn many ways to find north when lost in the woods then use your new knowledge for in a Compass Scavenger Hunt.  Find different locations and information within the park, ending with a treasure chest filled with prizes! .  Meet in the picnic area next to the cypress pavilion near the river.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, January 30, 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.

Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, January 31, 2016 (All day)

This exhibit is included with the price of regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Services Specialist Craig Littauer, 352-236-7148 ext. 5, craig.littauer@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Paradise Park was a segregated Florida attraction opened in 1949 by the owners of Silver Springs, the state’s oldest attraction, and operated by an African-American staff until 1969.

In conjunction with the Appleton Museum of Art's exhibit, Silver Springs State Park will host a selection of photographs from Paradise Park in the Education Center. The Education Center is open every day from 8:00 a.m. until sundown.

Also in the Education Center, current Silver Springs and former Paradise Park boat captain David Faison will walk visitors down memory lane every Tuesday-Saturday, 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. sharing stories from his 58 years of service and taking questions.

Additional Information:

To get to this exhibit at Silver Springs State Park, enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Paradise Park Remembered was organized by the Appleton Museum of Art and Lu Vickers on behalf of the late Bruce Mozert, in partnership with Silver Springs State Park, Friends of Silver Springs and Marion County Black Archives. The exhibition at the Appleton Museum features approximately 100 photographs taken by Mozert, former Silver Springs staff photographer, as well as snapshots from private collections and Marion County Black Archives.

For more information about the main exhibit, or the Appleton Museum of Art, visit their website.

Participation requirements.