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Friday, February 19, 2016

Guided Kayak Tour @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Park Service Specialist Andi Henry 863-696-1112 , Andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Kissimmee State Park
14248 Camp Mack Rd.
Lake Wales , FL 33898

Take a 90 minute paddle down Zipper Canal that flows through the central part of Lake Kissimmee State Park to Lake Rosalie. This ranger-led tour will give you an appreciation of the flora and fauna found in this area of the state. Tours are limited to six kayaks - bring your own or rent one from the camp store in the park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Hike & Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:00am EST

There is no cost to participate in either portion other than normal park entrance fees for day-use visitors

($2.00 for pedestrians/bicyclists entering the park from the Legacy Trail; cost for vehicles varies based on occupancy.)

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 two-part program is conducted by a Ranger or Volunteer. Hike time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00a.m. Bike time: 10:30 a.m. to noon. The guide will take you on an informative walk along one of the six trails in the park.  If you’re interested in taking your journey a step further, stay for the second portion of the program which includes a leisurely bike ride along the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Participants must provide their own bikes; road and trail bikes are ok. Children under 16 years of age must wear a helmet while bicycling. Both portions of the program begin at the Nature Center. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EST

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

Double Kayak $20 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

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

Explore the natural wonders of the Loxahatchee River. Rent a canoe or kayak at the park's River Store or bring your own and join us for a fun and leisurely paddle. Registration is required. 

Additional Information:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

Sensational Sharks talk @ Lovers Key State Park

Friday, February 19, 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 ranger for an interesting and fun talk about Sharks. Discover why sharks are often feared, but are an incredible group of animals which are commonly misunderstood. Explore why they’re important and how you can help protect them.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Friday, February 19, 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.

Moonlight Pontoon Tour @ Manatee Springs State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 5:45pm to 8:15pm EST

Additional fees do not include regular park admission.

Additional fees are $35 per seat.

More Information:
Anderson's Outdoor Adventures (352) 493-1699

Located in the Northeast region at:
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115 Street
Chiefland, FL 32626

Join Anderson's Outdoor Adventures for a sunset/moonlight river tour on the Historic and majestic Suwannee River.

The Pontoon Tour is 2 hours and leaves from the dock at Manatee Springs State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

There are only 6 seats per night so make reservations early. Please meet at the concessions building on or before the posted check in times. For full schedule and upcoming moonlight events visit Anderson's Outdoor Adventures.

Moonlight Paddle @ Manatee Springs State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 6:00pm to 10:00pm EST

Additional fees do not include regular park admission.

Additional fees are:

Canoes/Tandem Kayaks are $35 per person which includes 2 people. Extra person is $5.

Single Kayaks are $20 per kayak.

Shuttle service for your own boat: $15

More Information:
Anderson's Outdoor Adventures (352) 493-1699

Located in the Northeast region at:
Manatee Springs State Park
11650 NW 115 Street
Chiefland, FL 32626

Experience the serenity and mystical spirit of the Suwannee River with Anderson's Outdoor Adventures on a moonlight paddle.

The Moonlight Paddle is a guided trip from clay landing down stream returning to Manatee Springs State Park. This paddle gives visitors the unique opportunity to view the Suwannee River at night under the nearly full moon, while being serenaded by frogs, owls, and other night wildlife. The trip including transportation time is about 3 to 3.5 hours.

For posted check-in times and future moonlight events visit Anderson's Outdoor Adventures.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Reservations are required to participate. We have 15 canoes, 5 Tandem Kayaks, and 12 single kayaks available for the event so make reservations early.

Please check the weather and dress appropriately especially foot wear. As with most all water sport activities there is a chance of getting wet. Please help us keep the trip on schedule by being on time and bring everything that you need with you to the concessions building.

Campfire Music Jam Night @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm EST

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

More Information:
Park Visitor Center - 352-793-4781

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

Participants will enjoy live music around a campfire.  Each person is encouraged to bring an instrument (optional), flashlight and chair. 

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 6:30pm EST

Free to registered campers.

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 family-friendly winter program is sure to entertain. Each week features a different theme. Campers can vote for the movie of their choice at the Nature Center, where the movie viewing will take place. Refreshments are provided and campers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and favorite movie theater snacks.

Additional Information:

Located in the Nature Center.

Regatta Moonlight Concert featuring the Ethan Parker Band @ The Barnacle Historic State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm 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

Enjoy a concert with a nautical flair as The Barnacle kicks off Regatta Days, celebrating the 20th annual revival of the Washington's Birthday Regatta. Bring a picnic and lawn chairs for an evening of rhythm island music under the moonlight as The Barnacle Society presents the Ethan Parker Band. Merging Ethan’s Tennessee-folk-turned-Florida-surfer upbringing and the jazzy beach vibes of the band’s Caribbean roots, Ethan Parker Band brings a refreshing new sound and style with original songs.

Additional Information:

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.

No pets, please.

Night Sounds at Sebastian Inlet State Park concert with SIRSY @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

The concert is free with regular park admission. 

More Information:
Terry O'Toole 772-388-2750

Located in the Central region at:
Sebastian Inlet State Park
9700 South Highway A.1.A.
Melbourne Beach, FL 32951

SIRSY is an Indie Pop Rock duo that The Boston Globe calls “Little band, big sound.”  SIRSY’s music is chock full of soul and sincerity, with a touch of sass.  They have CD’s of original music.  Their lyrics can be a little dark or introspective but their stage presence radiates joy.  The Times Union says “Clever, smart songs with more hooks than a tackle box.”

Melanie Krahmer’s voice is capable of a lion’s roar or a floaty whisper.  Rich Libutti’s guitar work has been called “Killer rock guitar riffs” by Instrumental Magazine.  Together they have created a dynamic, full sound.  Their newest CD was produced by Grammy-winning producers, Paul Kolderie and Sean Slade.

Additional Information:

Participant requirements

Full Moon Concert featuring Uproot Hootenanny @ Myakka River State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm EST

$15 for Friends of Myakka members

$20 for non-members

More Information:
Teresa Good, teresa.good@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Myakka River State Park
13208 State Road 72
Sarasota, FL 34241

Come join us for our Full Moon Concert featuring Uproot Hootenanny. Uproot Hootenanny blends bluegrass, blues, rock, country and folk while sneaking in a Celtic twist that is sure to set the mood for a beautiful night under the stars. This band comes to us from Southeast Florida and has played at many musical festivals including Farm to Family Festival, Virginia Key Grassroots Festival, Suwannee Spring Fest, Hickory Fest, Bay Jam, South Florida Folk Festival, and South Florida String Festival.

Additional Information:

Tickets sold day of event. Park entrance fee is waived for concert if you arrive after 5pm. For more information call 941-361-6511 or 941-316-8139. Bring a chair and a picnic.

Moon Over the Mounds @ Crystal River Archaeological State Park

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 8:00pm to 10:00pm EST

$5.00 suggested donation to Friends group.

More Information:
Museum: 352-795-3817

Located in the Northeast region at:
Crystal River Archaeological State Park
3400 N. Museum Point
Crystal River, FL 34428

Join Crystal River Archaeological State Park at the next Moon Over the Mounds. The Pre-Columbian site is thousands of years old and is still shrouded in mystery.

Underneath the moonlit sky, join professional guides to learn more about these impressive mounds. Refreshments will be served before the walk and you can tour the museum and gift shop. Donations are welcome and encouraged to sustain future programming. This event is sponsored by the Friends of Crystal River State Parks, Inc.

Additional Information:

Bring your own flashlight as a limited number of loaner flashlights will be available.

Wear comfortable closed toed walking shoes.

Wear long pants.

This program is suitable for all ages.

Please meet at the Crystal River Archaeological State Park Museum Building.

Participation Requirements:

2016 Everglades Ultras @

Saturday, February 20, 2016 (All day)
More Information:


Located in the region at:
, FL

Trail race through the Florida Everglades! 3 distinct races: 50 miles (6:00am-8:30pm), 50 kilometers (7:30am-5:00pm), 25 kilometers (9:00am-3:00pm). Registration limited to 300 runners.

Traveling along old logging "trams", runners will see it all! Trails will take you through a variety of habitats, including bald cypress swamp lowlands, grassland prairies, tropical hardwood hammocks and pinelands.  Aid stations will be carefully placed along the route.

USATF/Florida 50 Mi & 50 Km Trail Championships. USATF 2016 Sanctioned Event.

Check out the website for details: www.evergladesultras.com

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

Saturday, February 20, 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.

Legendary Sirens Perform @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, February 21, 2016 (All day)

Included with park admission

More Information:
352.592.5656

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

This nostalgic show will take you back to the early years of Weeki Wachee Springs by the ladies who created the magic.  The former mermaid show includes performers representing the decades from the 50's to the 70's.  Don't miss this magical performance by this special group of ladies. Show time is 1:30 p.m.