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Sunday, February 14, 2016

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.

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.

Valentine's Day Cupid 5k @ Honeymoon Island State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 8:30am EST
More Information:
Park Services Specialist Brooke Hoerner 727-462-6187

Located in the Southwest region at:
Honeymoon Island State Park
#1 Causeway Blvd.
Dunedin, FL 34698

Families and lovers alike will have a blast with this Valentine’s Day Cupid 5K at Honeymoon Island State Park on Sunday, February 14th, 2016. Friends Of The Island Parks along with Random Acts of Flowers present this one of kind 5K family friendly run with an awards brunch at Cricketers on the Causeway.

The 5K begins at 8:55 a.m. ALL REGISTERED FINISHERS receive the large 5 inch HONEYMOON Island heart shaped finisher’s medal that will be the best gift you could ever give yourself or a loved one for a heart healthy Valentine’s Day. The medal is included in each registration price of $20. All runners will be timed electronically using the Race Splitter system. Sweatshirts can be ordered (as an additional purchase) up to February 7, 2016.

The top 25 males and top 25 female finishers will collect their award at the finish line, and then all are invited to the special category Valentine’s Day Run Brunch at Cricketers on the causeway. At 10:15 a.m. at Cricketers on Dunedin Causeway, moms will receive a free Mimosa (or non-alcoholic beverage).  Males will get a MANMOSA (which is a mimosa in a pint glass) and kids will all get a warm hot chocolate.

The following special categories are also a 100% donation to Random Acts Of Flowers Dunedin Chapter and will be announced at Cricketers after the runs.

$15 I love my kids/family/partner bouquet

$25 It’s a special occasion bouquet

$50 I have a special announcement or group I want to recognize with this donation and largest bouquet

$250 (directly to the Island) I want to renew my vows or marry my partner! Conducted by Official Notary and Park Manager Peter Krulder on the Beach at 9:30 a.m.

Cricketers will be open at 10 a.m. for the party to begin with a full menu available.  Runners can order from the menu at their own expense.

We hope you will join us for this special day in Dunedin for our heart healthy Valentine’s Day Run. Children under the age of 12 are ALWAYS free of course, but only those with a bib number (a $20 value) will receive the large finisher’s medal.

Additional Information:

For essential eligibility criteria related to this event please follow this link: PDF iconValentine's Day 5K.pdf

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, February 14, 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

Birding by Kayak @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

$25 for a single kayak and $40 for a double kayak.

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

Take a guided kayak tour with a Ranger, paddling through Lake Worth Lagoon to Munyon Island, with your sights set on spotting estuary birds and migratory songbirds on the island. The cost for the two-hour tour is $25 for a single kayak and $40 for a double kayak (2 people). Bring your water bottle, binoculars, and favorite birding guide, keeping in mind they might get wet. Please pay at the Ranger station a half hour before tour is scheduled. Space is limited so please call for reservations or for additional information at (561) 624-6952.

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, February 14, 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, February 14, 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

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Park entry fee applies. 

More Information:
Kimbell Education Center (561) 745-5551

Located in the Southeast region at:
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
16450 S.E. Federal Highway
Hobe Sound, FL 33455

Join staff along paved trails and roads, learning about the park's unique natural and cultural history. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and may be too long or vigorous for young children or persons who are not able to handle cycling about 5-6 miles. 

Mary's Music Series @ Koreshan State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

FREE with Park Admission of $4 for one person in a vehicle, $5 for up to 8 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

Sunday, February 14, 2016 1:00-2:00p.m.  Michael Quinn and The Bourbon Kings will delight us with their musical talent in the Historic Art Hall at 1:00-2:00p.m. Sunday, February 14, 2016

Garden Tour - Main Entrance @ Silver Springs State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 1:45pm 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

Visit the gardens at Silver Springs State Park, on the 2nd Sunday of each month, for our Garden Tour. Join a park ranger for information about the gardens' history, learn about the different seasonal flowers and blooms, as well as about pollinators like hummingbirds and butterflies. The tour passes through the following gardens: Courtyard Garden, Crossroads Garden, Camellia Garden, Fire & Water Garden, and the tour ends at the Wildflower Garden. After the tour, visitors are free to continue exploring the garden pathways and trails or walk back along the river.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the main entrance located at 5656 East Silver Springs Boulevard (State Road 40).

Participation requirements.

Bluegrass Music with the Conch Stomp Band @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm 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

Come on down to the Park and listen to the Conch Stomp Band play some bluegrass music. Free with Park admission. Call the Nature Center for more information, (561) 624-6952.

The Barnacle under Moonlight Concert featuring Jennings & Keller @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Sunday, February 14, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST

Adults: $10.00

Members of The Barnacle Society: $8.00

Children 6-9: $3.00

Children under 6: Free

More Information:
Ranger Station, (305) 442-6866

Located in the Southeast region at:
The Barnacle Historic State Park
3485 Main Highway
Miami, FL 33133

End your Valentine's Day on the perfect note with an evening of acoustic folk music under the moonlight as The Barnacle Society presents Jennings and Keller in concert. This duo brings a wealth of experience to their collaboration, from the Broadway musicals of New York to the Honky Tonks of West Texas. Called "Fusion Folk Americana," their music is a blend of many different elements that comes from their vast and wide-ranging musical backgrounds.

Additional Information:

Moonlight Concert Participation Requirements

On-street and off-street paid parking is available throughout Coconut Grove. Visitors with a Disabled Person Parking Permit may call the Ranger Station for additional parking information.

Purchase tickets at the gate. The gate opens one hour before show time.

Picnics, blankets, and lawn chairs are welcome. No pets, please.

Music by firelight @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, February 14, 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:

Microsoft Office document iconOscar_EEC campfireR2015.doc

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

Monday, February 15, 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.