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Saturday, February 13, 2016

16th Annual Scrub Jay 5K/10K Race @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:30am to 12:00pm EST

Registration fees:

Adults: $25  Register at http://active.com

Youths 14-18 years: $15

Children under 14: Free.

Members of: Friends of Oscar Scherer, MTC, & Zoomers: $20

FEES AFTER FEBRUARY 1, 2016: EVERYONE - $30

Registration fees are non-refundable & not transferable.

All proceeds support Florida Scrub-Jay Conservation.

More Information:
Cristy Disbrow (941) 483-5957

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

RUN FOR THE SURVIVAL OF THE SCRUB JAY! STICK AROUND FOR THE FLORIDA SCRUB-JAY FESTIVAL

Oscar Scherer State Park, 1843 S. Tamiami Trail, Osprey, FL 34229

Presented by the Friends of Oscar Scherer Park, Inc.

Registration is required for this Manasota Track Club sanctioned race.

All proceeds support Florida Scrub-Jay Conservation.

Park opens at 6:30am.  Race day registration & packet pick up begins at 6:45am and ends at 7:45am.  All vehicles will be stopped at the park entrance from 7:55am until runners are clear of the roads and the trails.  PLEASE ARRIVE EARLY TO AVOID TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

5K Run @ 8am; 10K Run @ 8:15am

Course:  Mostly hard packed sand and grass through the park's rare, scrubby flatwoods.  Last stretch on the paved Legacy Trail with the finish in the park.

Chip Timing, Tech-tee race shirt for first 500 pre-registered adults; Cotton race shirt for youths while supplies last, water stations, guides, post-race refreshments, door prizes, and awards.

Please call the park for more information at (941) 483-5956.

Pre-register at www.active.com or at www.friendsofoscarscherer.com

Wildlife Park Arts and Crafts Show @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

There is no charge to attend the arts and crafts show. Regular admission would apply for entrance into the Wildlife Park.

More Information:
Susan Strawbridge: (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park
4150 S. Suncoast Blvd. (US 19)
Homosassa, FL 34446

Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will host an Arts & Crafts Show in the Visitor Center on US 19. This indoor exhibit will feature the paintings, photography, jewelry, books and craft items of local artists and crafts persons.  This is a great opportunity to purchase an original work of art, print, book, or craft item for yourself or a friend.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

The Walk of Champions @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

All park entrance fees apply: $6.00 per vehicle, maximum 8 people; $4.00 for single occupants in a vehicle; $2.00 each for extra passengers/walk-ins.

More Information:
Call the park administrative office at 386-497-4690 for additional details.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Ichetucknee Springs State Park
12087 SW U.S. Highway 27
Fort White, FL 32038

The Florida Champion Tree program, administered by the Florida Forest Service, identifies for research purposes the largest specimens of each tree species in the state of Florida.  Ichetucknee Springs State Park boasts two of these State Champions: Swamp Chestnut Oak and Common Persimmon.  Come visit each of these magnificent trees with Park Biologist Sam Cole.  This special program is a moderate-difficulty, off-trail hike in mostly level/slightly sloped terrains in shaded river hammock.  Sturdy hiking shoes, long pants, and other winter-appropriate clothing are highly recommended.  Water and insect repellent will be useful to bring along.  We will meet in front of the Environmental Education Center at the South Entrance of the park, off U.S. Highway 27.  This event is open for all ages and levels of experience.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, February 13, 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. 

Nature Photography Workshop @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

$35.00 per person, does not include park admission.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 110

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

Join us each month for technical and artistic instruction by a local professional.  Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced; bring your own camera equipment – point and shoot or SLR.  Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent.  Fee is $35.00 and does not include Park admittance.  For more information visit http://www.macarthurbeach.org/event/

Beach Cleanup @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with park admission

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

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

Ocean trash can entrap and strangle ocean wildlife including endangered sea turtles. Please join us to preserve our water ways. Community service hours will be provided for school aged participants. For more information call Park Specialist Art at (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Additional Information:

Please bring a water bottle, sunscreen and a hat. Trash pick-up supplies will be provided.

Volunteer Work Day @ Dunns Creek State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free park entry for volunteers.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

Volunteer at beautiful Dunns Creek State Park!  Park staff and the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are hosting volunteer work days on the second Saturday of every month.  Help us maintain the 6,200 acres of natural communities at the park!  Volunteer for a few hours and enjoy a picnic at 12 pm hosted by the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park.

On Saturday, February 13th we will be doing trail maintenance at Blue Pond!  No experience is necessary - we will provide all of the training you need.  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the outdoors!  In case of inclement weather, we have other projects scheduled indoors.

Additional Information:

All materials and equipment will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, and wear closed-toed shoes.

Participation Requirements

Manatee Madness @

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 9:30am to 11:00am EST

$5 per person.  Park entrance fee applies.

More Information:
941-964-0375

Located in the region at:
, FL

Did you know that the manatee is a vegetarian? Come learn about our local endangered marine mammals who are often called, “Florida’s Gentle Giants”.  We will talk about their habitat, eating habits, lifespan, and much more. For ages 6-10 (However, all ages are welcome).

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, February 13, 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

Ft Chokonikla Encampment/Reenactment @ Paynes Creek Historic State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am EST to Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 3:00pm EST

Park entry fees plus $2.00 to enter this event

More Information:
863-375-4717

Located in the Southwest region at:
Paynes Creek Historic State Park
888 Lake Branch Road
Bowling Green, FL 33834

Paynes Creek Historic State Park will be hosting its tenth annual Fort Chokonikla Encampment. During the 1840s, tensions between the settlers and Seminole Indians prompted authorities to establish a trading post in Florida’s interior, away from settlements. Built in early 1849, the post was attacked and destroyed by defector Seminoles that summer. In late 1849 Fort Chokonikla was built nearby as the first outpost in a chain of forts established to control the Seminoles.

This year’s event (February 13th and 14th, 2016) will provide visitors with entertainment and educational opportunities for the whole family! Reenactors will be on hand to demonstrate how United States Soldiers, local pioneer settlers, and Seminoles intermingled to survive during the mid-1800s in central Florida. The event will also offer great food, period gifts from a large selection of vendors, primitive weapons demonstration, black powder demonstrations (bring your ear plugs), and a blacksmith demonstrating his craft.

Tomoka Remembers Monthly Program @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Program is included with regular park admission fee.

More Information:
386-676-4050 for monthly program topics and more information.

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Each month Tomoka State Park will host a fun family program such as living history demonstrations, crafting, or an educational program of some type with a hands-on activity (when applicable). Past programs have included Indigo Dye-making, Seminole/Timucuan Indians, Spinning, Rug Weaving, Pine Needle Basketry and more. When a demonstrator is not available we will have on hand Junior Ranger kits, scavenger hunt sheets and other kids activities for our Echo Ranger participants and park guests. To register as an Echo Ranger or find out about the next month's program, please call 386-676-4050.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, February 13, 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.

Part in the Park @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
More Information:
infoConservationAllianceSLC.org

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

 

22nd ANNUAL ‘PARTY IN THE PARK’

Saturday, February 13, 2016

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Fort Pierce Inlet State Park and the Conservation Alliance of Saint Lucie County will host the 22nd Annual “Party in the Park” on Saturday, February 13, 2016.

 

This event features environmental, historical and educational exhibits from many local

organizations. There will be live music, children’s activities and refreshments all day. Help us celebrate our environment and enjoy Fort Pierce Inlet State Park.

 

For additional information please contact the Ranger Station at (772) 468-3985 or find the event online at infoConservationAllianceSLC.org.

 

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Join a park naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail.  Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home.  Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Second Saturday Kids Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular park entrance fee $5.00 per vehicle (honor box - cash only).

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Join us on the farm. Children and adults alike can join in the fun!  There are hands-on demonstrations, crafts, old-fashioned games and even some education.  Learn about history and a farming way of life.

2015/2016 Schedule

10/10/2015 Scarecrows

11/14/2015 Tom the Turkey

12/12/2015 Festive Ornaments

01/09/2016 Weight and Scales

02/13/2016 A Victorian Valentine

03/12/2016 Sudsy Soaps

04/09/2016 Partake of the Past (see separate posting for more information)

05/14/2016 Beautiful Blooms

Depending on weather, it will be either in the Visitor Center or on the back porch of the farmhouse. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

LoveFest and a Date on the Deck @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 12:00pm EST to Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 2:00pm EST

LoveFest: Free with regular park admission.

Date on the Deck: $TBA per couple includes regular park admission.

More Information:
352-236-7148

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

On Valentine's Day weekend, Silver Springs invites you to pick up a gift from one of our vendors, or make a personal gift, while sharing in a new experience. During this event, canoes, kayaks and bikes are “rent-one, get-one” so this is a perfect opportunity to explore the park with your sweetheart. Children's activities are available as well.

LoveFest will be followed by a Date on the Deck. Enjoy the romance of Florida’s most beautiful spring as you dine on the Mammoth Deck. On Sunday morning, enjoy brunch with your loved one(s).

Additional Information:

To register for the Date on the Deck or childcare during dinner, please visit www.SilverSprings.com.  Registration is required.

If you are interested in becoming a vendor, please contact TBD

Not only is Silver Springs State Park able to provide you the perfect setting for a perfect evening, but we also offer engagement packages. If you are considering popping the question this Valentine’s Day, contact Priscilla@silversprings.com.

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

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 and see our azaleas in bloom!  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 half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 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

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

Saturday, February 13, 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.

North Atlantic Right Whales @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, February 13, 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

North Atlantic right whales visit Northeast Florida waters to give birth to calves December through March. Join a ranger to learn about one of the world's most endangered large mammals.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

North Atlantic Right Whales @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 13, 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

North Atlantic right whales visit Northeast Florida waters to give birth to calves December through March. Join a ranger to learn about one of the world's most endangered large mammals.

Additional Information:

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

Participation Requirements

Celebrating Arts and History @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm EST

Admission is $5 per person, which includes park entry fees.

More Information:
Shirley Edwards, 904-235-2292 or Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Join Emagine Arts and the Friends of Ravine Gardens as they celebrate Black History Month!  Celebrating Arts and History will feature live jazz music, artwork from local artisans, and sensational southern desserts.  The event will take place inside the Civic Center.  Visitors can arrive any time between 2 and 6 pm!

Additional Information:

Proceeds from the event to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 13, 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.

Virginia Reel at Dade @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle for park entrance, $2/bicyclist or walk-in or annual park pass.   

More Information:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park, 7200 CR 603, Bushnell, FL 33513, Phone: (352)793-4781

Located in the Southwest region at:
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
7200 CR 603
Bushnell, FL 33513

Come learn the old-fashioned Virginia Reel square dance accompanied by period appropriate music. 

Star Gazing @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission. Day visitors must be in the park prior to park closing.

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

Meet park volunteer Larry Ganion in the cypress pavilion to learn the basics of star gazing, find the constellation Orion, make a star wheel and enjoy looking at the stars and moon through binoculars.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Love at Lovers Key Vow Renewal Ceremony @ Lovers Key State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 (All day)

Fee: $75 per couple, a non-refundable donation. This event has been a sell-out in the past.  Make sure to reserve your spot early!

More Information:
Judy Greenwood, 708-359-0466 or by email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lovers Key State Park
8700 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931

Love at Lovers Key is a unique and special Valentine’s Day Opportunity! Love is always in the air at Lovers Key but even more so on Valentine's Day. Couples are invited to join us in the Park for the Friends of Lovers Key 7th Annual Vow Renewal Ceremony at the Gazebo on the beach.  Couples have the opportunity to choose either a 10:00 AM ceremony or a 3:00 PM ceremony.  Both will include a champagne toast, brunch or lunch, coffee and cake, socializing, as well as parting gifts.

For more information please visit www.friendsofloverskey.org or contact the event chair, Judy Greenwood, 708-359-0466 or by email: fjgreenwood@gmail.com

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Sunday, February 14, 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.