Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am EST
Park entrance fees apply. $5.00/ vehicle (2-8 people), $4.00/ vehicle (1 occupant)
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.
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.
First Saturday Militia Muster and Training at Fort Mose @ Fort Mose Historic State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30pm EST
This is a free outdoor program.
Entrance into the Visitor Center is $2.00 per person; children up to age 5 enter free.
Carl P. Marchand, 904 823-2232, email@example.com
Visit Fort Mose on the first Saturday morning of each month and become immersed into the 18th century. The members of the Fort Mose Militia come together to practice firing drills and teach new Militiia members historic weapon use and safety. Visitors will experience historic weapon demonstrations including musket firing drills. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to participate in the children's militia training, using wooden toy muskets and authentic uniform accessories. This experience will provide a wonderful photo opportunity and a one of a kind experience, in a Florida State Park!
The Park opens at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 5:00 p.m.
Family Birding Series @ Paynes Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST
Program is free, but Park Admission fees apply.
Join us for birding fun on the 1st Saturday of every month November through April. 9:00am - 11:00 am.
Topic and meeting location varies for each session. Children are encouraged to attend but must be accompanied by an adult.
Register for individual sessions on Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.
Limit 20 people per session.
These programs fill quickly so reserve your spot today!
Session meeting location and topics are announced on Friends of Paynes Prairie, Inc.
Pre-registration is required and details are subject to change. Please register so we can contact you regarding changes.
Photography and/or Video may be taken during this event.
The Ichetucknee Time Machine @ Ichetucknee Springs State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
All park entrance fees apply: $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people).
Call the park administrative office at 386-497-4690 or 386-497-1216 for additional details.
Take a fascinating journey by van into the Ichetucknee forest, to the site of the 17th Century Mission de San Martin de Timucua. Learn all about the ancient Timucuan capital of Aquacalyquen. This special interpretive program is space-limited, and reservations are recommended. The tour will begin at the Head Spring parking lot, at the North Entrance off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).
Some portions of the tour include walking, so long pants, sturdy shoes, and insect repellent are highly recommended.
Air Potato Rodeo @ Ravine Gardens State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST
Park admission is free for all volunteers.
Park Office, 386-329-3721
The Air Potato Rodeo is an annual park beautification day and resource management project held to help control the air potato vine (Dioscorea bulbifera) that is widespread at Ravine Gardens. Controlling this pest plant is crucial in maintaining the historic beauty of the formal gardens in the park. Air Potato wranglers will assist park staff and volunteers in the collection of the potato-like tubers in efforts to control the sprouting and spread of the vine.
All ages are invited to enjoy a day of resource management fun, refreshments and community involvement. Prizes will be given for the most potatoes collected for individuals and groups. We will also have prizes for the largest potato, smallest potato and weirdest potato, as well as the most golf balls collected. Admission into the park is free to participants and the first 100 volunteers to check-in the day of the event will receive a free t-shirt. Lunch will be provided by the Friends of Ravine Gardens, our Citizen Support Organization (CSO).
Gloves, trash bags and tools will be provided. Participants should wear long sleeves and pants, as well as closed-toe shoes. Participants should bring a reusable water bottle, bug repellent and sun screen.
Register by visiting our website or by calling the park at (386) 329-3721.
First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST
$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274
This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.
Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSaturday, February 6, 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.
Upcycled Paper and Glass Arts and Crafts @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EST
Cost is $3/vehicle for park entrance, $2 bicyclist or walk-in, activity fee is $5/person, 12 and under free.
Park Visitor Center - 352-793-4781
Participants will make arts and crafts out of recycled paper and glass.
Primitive Arts Day @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST
Park Entrance Fee, $5 per car load - up to 8 people per car
JoAnna Lemmon, Gift Shop Manager, 386-397-1920
Demonstrations on blacksmithing, soap making, basket weaving, pottery, fiber arts, chair caning and many crafts of the early pioneers. Interpretations will include campfire cooking, flint knapping and primitive archery. Large groups are welcome and workshop opportunities are available.
Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.
Schedule below is subject to change without notice.
Oct 3 Florida’s critters. Come and meet some live animals.
Oct 10 Florida’s raptors.
Oct 17 Protecting Florida’s waterways and water resources.
Oct 24 The sounds of nature.
Oct 31 Successful wildlife photography—tips from an expert.
Nov 7 Wekiwa Springs history.
Nov 14 Florida’s fascinating fossils.
Nov 21 Edible Florida.
Nov 28 Florida’s threatened wildlife.
Dec 5 Prescribed burns explained.
Dec 12 Florida’s Extinct critters.
Dec 19 The sounds of nature.
Dec 26 Basic survival techniques.
Jan 2 Florida Black Bears.
Jan 9 Turpentining in Wekiwa.
Jan 16 Florida’s critters.
Jan 23 Edible Florida and Basic Survival Techniques.
Jan 30 Successful wildlife photography-tips from an expert.
Feb 6 Florida’s Springs and the Wekiwa Watershed.
Feb 13 Successful composting.
Feb 20 Florida’s threatened wildlife.
Feb 27 Prescribed burns explained.
Mar 5 Walking Wekiva. How to get the most out of the trails.*
Mar 12 Edible Florida.
Mar 19 Protecting Florida’s waterways and water resources.
*Requires some walking
All activities are held at the Interpretive Pavilion and are suitable for everyone.
Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.
Speaker Series @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
$5 per person, does not include admission fee.
Veronica Frehm, (561) 776-7449, ext. 104
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 Dr. Zak Jud, "Lizards, Lionfish and Peppers-Oh My!" Offered November through April on the first Saturday at 10:00am. For more information, please call (561) 776-7449, ext. 104.
Friends of MacArthur Beach members attend free.
Wildlife Encounters / Wildlife of the Night @ O'Leno State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 11:00am to 12:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Cindy Preston 386-454-0723 Cynthia.F.Preston@dep.state.fl.us
Join park volunteer Nan Soistman, a permitted wildlife rehabilitator to learn about and get an up close look at different wildlife that comes out at night. Meet Nova the opossum, a flying squirrel and more!
Meet at the Nature Center.
27th Annual Candlelight Tour Event @ Torreya State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 12:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Fees for the guided tour of the historic Gregory House are $3.00 per person 13 and older, $2.00 per person 6-12, under six is free. All day entrance fee to the park is $3.00 per vehicle which includes admission to the event.
Park Manager Steven Cutshaw 850-643-2674
Torreya Sate Park will host the 27th Annual Candlelight Tour Event. Take a Walk-Back-In-Time while enjoying fantastic foods, listen to the clinking of the blacksmith hammer, see, hear and feel the civil war cannons being fired, as well as many other exhibits including live music from local artists and authentic hearth cooking. Festivities will begin around 12:00 pm EST at the Gregory House lawn with tours of the historic Gregory House beginning at 10:00 am and continuing every hour on the hour until 4:00 pm. At sunset (approximately 6:30) the historic Gregory House will open its doors for leisurely tours, free of charge. See Candlelight Tour for more information.
For more information, visit www.floridastateparks.org/torreya
Mary's Music Series @ Koreshan State ParkSaturday, February 6, 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.
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311
Saturday, February 6, 2016 1:00-2:00p.m. Join us for the Paddle Faster concert, which will take place in the Historic Art Hall at 1:00-2:00p.m. Saturday, February 6, 2016
Ranger's Choice Program @ Rainbow Springs State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST
Free with regular $2 per person park admission
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8555
From wildflowers to birds, Timucuan Indians to the days of the private Rainbow Springs attraction, join a Ranger for a fun, interesting and educational program on a variety of historic, cultural and natural resources related topics. Ranger led programs will be given on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of January and February, and on the 1st and 3rd Friday in March and April. Topics and program details will be provided on this website and at the park at least 2 weeks prior to the scheduled program.
On February 6th, join a Ranger for "Man Discovers Paradise." 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. Meet at the Headsprings veranda just past the toll booth. No RSVP needed.
Program will include a small amount of walking on steep paved and unpaved terrain and standing or sitting outdoors for up to one hour. Well-behaved dogs on a leash are welcome.
Surf Fishing Workshop @ Sebastian Inlet State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Terry O'Toole, 772-388-2750
This workshop is designed to introduce anglers to the basics of surf fishing. Discussions center on equipment needed to enjoy a productive day of surf fishing at the beach. Topics include rod and reel selection, standard pompano rig, choosing bait and more.
Meet at the Fishing Museum on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park, 14251 N Hwy A1A.
Anglers should bring a pen or pencil and something to write on/take notes.
Interpretive Walks and Presentations Schedule for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park @ Hugh Taylor Birch State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm EST
Only park entrance fees apply.
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.
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.
Wildlife Encounters / Blind as a Bat (Fact or Fiction?) @ O'Leno State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Cindy Preston 386-454-0723 Cynthia.F.Preston@dep.state.fl.us
Join park volunteer Larry Ganion to discover amazing facts about bats followed by a hike to visit a bat house. Meet in the picnic area next to the cypress pavilion near the river.
"Dark Sky" designation presentation @ Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 4:30pm to 10:00pm EST
Free with normal entrance fee.
Come on out to Kissimmee Prairie Preserve State Park on Saturday Feb, 6th to help us celebrate becoming the first Florida location to be designated a “Dark Sky” spot. The festivities will begin at 4:30pm and run until 10pm. There will be an astronomical slide presentation, live musical entertainment, face painting, the “Dark Sky” designation presentation and coffee and cake inside the preserve office. Once the darkness sets in we will step outside to view telescope observations of one of Florida’s darkest night sky’s.
Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 5:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4
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.
Loving the Lighthouse @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Loving the Lighthouse @ Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park Saturday, February 6, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm EST
Located in the Southeast region at:
Bill Baggs Cape Florida State Park
1200 South Crandon Boulevard
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Loving the Lighthouse - Join us for a Pre-Valentine's Day celebration and romantic view of Cape Florida Lighthouse and surrounding area. A complimentary wine and cheese reception will be served while enjoying great views and live music.
This is a Free event. Donations and memberships to join and support the Friends of Cape Florida Inc. are welcomed. Sponsored by: The Friends of Cape Florida.
Art Yerian - Cell 305-970-5150 Art.firstname.lastname@example.org
Fireside Chat @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
PSS Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286
Relax before a crackling fire and bask in the ambiance of an earlier time as you reminisce with your special guest speaker. This is a great opportunity to renew old memories or to create new ones with family and friends. Get the good times started with dinner in the Wakulla Springs Lodge Dining Room. Reservations are suggested but not required.
Meet in the Lodge at Wakulla Springs' lobby.
2016 American Concert @ Camp Helen State ParkSaturday, February 6, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm CST
Event is free with paid park admission.
Park Office: 850-267-8320
The Department of Environmental Protection's Camp Helen State Park will host Lucky Mud on February 6th, 2016. This popular duo will headline the third in the American Concert Series. Lucky Mud is from the deeper side of Folk music. From yodeling to rhythmic drumbeats, from soft, sweet harmonies to rootsy, wicked, belt-it-out swamp sounds. They have toured from Ireland to Nova Scotia, performed in Texas, and at the Florida Folk and Will McLean Festivals.
Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State ParkSunday, February 7, 2016 (All day)
This exhibit is included with the price of regular park admission.
Park Services Specialist Craig Littauer, 352-236-7148 ext. 5, email@example.com
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.
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.