Oscar's Grill Pancake Breakast @ Oscar Scherer State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 8:00am EST
The cost is $4.00/person kids 12 years and younger is $2.00/person.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
What better way to start your day than with a hearty, home-cooked breakfast. This winter family-friendly program is fully prepared by park Volunteers for both day-use visitors and campers. The breakfast includes your choice of plain or blueberry pancakes with syrup (regular or sugar-free), sausage, and your choice of juice, coffee (regular or decaf), or tea. A great way to meet other park guests.
Natural Communities of a Barrier Island @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am EST
Free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station 239-597-6196
Join a Ranger and explore our barrier island. Learn about the Maritime Hammock plants, how they protect us, and what we can do to protect them. Exciting discoveries are made along the beach, across the dunes and through cool, shaded hammock areas.
We suggest wearing comfortable clothes and bringing a water bottle, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Reservations recommended.
Education Series for the Curious Adult @ Rainbow Springs State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
Free with regular $2 per person park admission
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520
On the third Thursday of January to April, Rainbow Springs State Park and the Friends of Rainbow Springs welcome you to interesting and educational presentations on various topics for the curious adult. Presentation topics can include such things as native bees and pollinators, azalea care, the springs of Florida and how to protect them, butterflies, wildlife and more. The programs are presented by park staff, volunteers and guest speakers from a myriad of professional backgrounds in an open-aired ADA accessible pavilion at the Headsprings. Programs begin at 10am, please come at least 15 minutes early to enjoy the refreshments provided by the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park. Check back each month to find out what interesting presentation will be given next!
This month, join us for a program on Gardening with Wildflowers. Would you like to make your yard more wildlife friendly or simply want to add more color with beautiful native wildflowers? Then come to Rainbow Springs State Park on February 18th to learn which wildflower blends do best in our area and how to incorporate them into your garden.
Park Music Jam @ Oscar Scherer State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 3:00pm EST
There is no cost to participate other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors.
Ranger Station 941-483-5956
Enjoy watching and listening to musicians jamming out to various music tunes. Anyone with an instrument that would like to join in is welcome and encouraged. This family-friendly program is sure to be full of toe-stomping fun located at the Nature Center. Audience members are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.
Open House and Black History Month Presentation - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 4:00pm to 7:00pm EST
This event is FREE, however, there is limited seating available on a first-come, first-seated basis.
Call the Silver River Museum at 352-236-5401
The Silver River Museum, a program of Marion County Public Schools, will have a FREE open house from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Normally, the museum is only open to the public on weekends and holidays.
In addition to the open house, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. there will be a presentation on Paradise Park given by local photographer Cynthia Graham, co-author of the recently published Remembering Paradise Park: Tourism and Segregation at Silver Springs (2015). Paradise Park was part of Silver Springs and was a major attraction for African-Americans nationwide from 1949 until 1969.
Enter the park from the camping & museum entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue (also known as State Road 35 and Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.
For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.
The Silver River Museum is a program of Marion County Public Schools. This presentation is made possible with generous support from The Cannon Law Firm and assistance from Silver Springs State Park.
Songwriters at Sunset Concert Series @ Lovers Key State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 4:15pm to 6:15pm EST
Free with paid park entry fee.
$8.00 for vehicles (2-8 people), $4 for single person in vehicle, $2 for pedestrian/bicyclist.
For more information, please contact Lovers Key Ranger Station: (239) 463-4588
Friends of Lovers Key, Inc. (FOLKS) has joined with The Americana Community Music Association (ACMA), to offer monthly free Acoustic concerts of all original music. The concerts take place in the large gazebo located on the beach. Seating is available for the first 80 people. Bring a chair for additional seating located on the beach near the Gazebo. Snacks and beverages will be available by donation. Proceeds will benefit FOLKS.
Come hear great original songs and the stories behind the songs, in an intimate “Bluebird Café” style. The show will finish with a fabulous Lovers Key Sunset. The ACMA is a Fort Myers based organization that promotes local artists who write and sing their own original songs.
Additional Songwriters at Sunset 2016 concert dates are scheduled for March 15. For more information please visit the Friends of Lovers Key website.
Americana Under the Stars @ Topsail Hill Preserve State ParkThursday, February 18, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm CST
$5.00 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission.
George Royal or Clayton Iron Wolf, 850-267-8332
Presenting original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states. The concerts take place at our newly refurbished and upgraded amphitheater, unless bad weather conditions are present. If bad weather, the concert will be held inside our clubhouse.
Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State ParkFriday, February 19, 2016 (All day)
This exhibit is included with the price of regular park admission.
Park Services Specialist Craig Littauer, 352-236-7148 ext. 5, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.