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Saturday, February 20, 2016

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.

Florida Gar Sunrise Canoe Tour @ Ichetucknee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 6:00am to 9:00am EST

Please note change in fee for this event:   $15.00 per person (includes park admission).

Fee required at registration due to the waiting list for this event.  Fee is non-refundable for cancellations within 24 hours of the event.

More Information:
Call the Park Services Specialist office at 386-497-1216 to reserve a space and for additional information.

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

Every second full moon of the year (for 2016, it is February 22nd), thousands of Florida Gar congregate on the Ichetucknee River to spawn.  At the peak of this season, it is quite a sight to behold!  Winter is a special time on the river, with viewing opportunities for many other types of fish, reptiles, and birds as well.  This special interpretive program is space-limited and by reservation only.  Participants do not need to bring personal canoes or Kayaks, as all equipment and PFD’s will be provided.  The tour will meet at the North Entrance, off Elim Church Road (County Road 238).  Launch time will be as close to 6:30 a.m. as possible (sunrise is at 7:06 a.m.).  The tour will end at the Last Take-Out at the South End of the park, and transportation will be provided back to the North Entrance.  Participants should dress warmly, as dictated by the weather.  Flashlights during the launching time are recommend.  GoPro-style cameras held underwater have captured some amazing footage on previous tours!

Additional Information:

Participants should dress warmly, as dictated by the weather.

Participation Requirements

Everglades Ultras @ Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 6:00am to 10:00pm EST
More Information:
Bob Becker, Race Director bob@ultrasportsllc.com

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park
137 Coastline Drive
Copeland , FL 34137

Run the Florida Everglades! Trail races of 50 miles, 50 kilometers and 25 kilometers. Runners will see it all, traveling along old logging "trams". Fakahatchee's diverse habitats include bald cypress swamp lowlands, grassland prairie, tropical hardwood hammocks and pine rocklands. Registration limited to 300 runners. USATF 2016 Sanctioned Event. USATF/Florida 50 Mi & 50 Km Trail Championships.

Visit the website for details and registration: http://www.evergladesultras.com

Citrus Watercolor Club Spring Show and Sale @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:00am EST to Sunday, February 21, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

There is no charge to attend the exhibit. Regular park admission will 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

Citrus Watercolor Club will be holding its annual Spring Art in the Park exhibit and sale in the Visitor Center featuring the artwork of local watercolorists. Originals, prints and cards will be available for purchase. The Citrus Watercolor Club donates 20 percent of sales from the show to the Friends of Homosassa Springs Wildlife park.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, February 20, 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. 

Morning Nature Walk @ Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
PSS Jeff Hugo, 850-561-7286

Located in the Northwest region at:
Edward Ball Wakulla Springs State Park
465 Wakulla Park Drive
Wakulla Springs, FL 32327

Join a ranger-led trek through Wakulla Springs State Park’s varying forest communities.  Search for signs of spring like the crimson seeds of the red maple or the white blossoms of Walter's viburnum. Glean tidbits of park history and observe the nuances of nature with the aid of your guide. Arrive early and fuel up with breakfast in the historic Wakulla Springs Lodge prior to the walk.

Additional Information:

Meet in the lobby of the Lodge at Wakulla Springs.

Space is limited.  Please call 850-561-7286 to register.

Participation Requirements

Women's Fishing Clinic @ Anastasia State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST
More Information:
Heather Sneed - Heather.Sneed@myfwc.com - 850-487-0554

Located in the Central region at:
Anastasia State Park
300 Anastasia Park Road
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Learn the skills to successfully cast your line into the sea by attending the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) Women’s Fishing Clinic.

Participants will not only take home a lifelong hobby, they will leave with a new appreciation for the marine environment. They will learn the basics of environmental stewardship, fishing ethics, angling skills, safety and the vulnerability of Florida’s marine ecosystems in a fun, laid-back atmosphere.

The free, day-long clinic is from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Advance registration is required. To register or get more information, please email Heather Sneed at Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com, or call 850-487-0554.

Lessons include knot tying, cast netting, rod and reel rigging, how to be a responsible marine resource steward, marine fish and habitat identification, catch-and-release techniques and more.

If conditions allow, women will have the opportunity to practice their newly learned skills by fishing from the shore. This event is a catch-and-release activity. All participants must have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt. Saltwater fishing licenses can be purchased at your local tackle shop or online. Learn more by visiting MyFWC.com/License.

Fishing equipment and bait will be provided during the clinic, but participants are encouraged to bring their own gear.

Hiking for Health / Community Walk @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am EST

Half price park entrance fee to all participants

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

Make a commitment to being healthy and active!

Join in on a family friendly Community Walk while enjoying the beauty of O’Leno State Park.  Walk with a Ranger along the park’s main paved drive.  Stop at the Ranger Station after the first 1.5 miles or continue back down the drive for a 3 mile hike.  Florida Department of Health in Columbia County will be on hand to help you track your weight and BMI.  Community Walks will take place the third Saturday of each month. Half price park admission fee to all participants.

Health checks begin at 8:00 a.m.

Walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

 

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Scavenger Hunt @ Cayo Costa State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST

 Adults and children of all ages FREE with $2.00 State Park Entrance fee!

More Information:
941-964-0375

Located in the Southwest region at:
Cayo Costa State Park
4 Nautical Miles West of Pine Island (26.685789, -82.245381)
Cayo Costa, FL 33922

Learn about natural treasures found on our local beaches and then head out for a scavenger hunt.  Fun for the entire family.  Prizes for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  Don’t forget sunscreen and walking shoes!

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, February 20, 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

Pioneer Day @

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Pioneer Day Festival fee is $3.00 per person ages 12 and up, plus park admission ($3.00 /car).

More Information:
For more information, call (772) 398-2779

Located in the region at:
, FL

Go back in time to learn about mid-19th century Florida history through games, crafts, tours and demonstrations.  Event goers will also enjoy living history, storytelling, hay rides, music and food.

Additional Information:

Event-appropriate exhibitors such as artisans and craftsmen  (quilters, candle-makers, wood carvers, etc.) are invited to participate in the event.  Interested parties must contact the Savannas Education Center for approval.

Pine Needle Basket Class @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EST

Cost is $3/vehicle for park entrance, $2 bicyclist or walk-in, activity fee $5/person, 12 and under free. 

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 use longleaf pine needles to make simple baskets. 

Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(407) 884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

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.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Encounters / Meet Molly! @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission

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

Join park volunteer Larry Ganion to learn many interesting facts about turtles.  Meet Molly the box turtle, and take a hike to the river sink to see turtles basking in the sun.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Trillium Hike! @ Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

The program is free with paid park admission of $3 per car, up to eight people per vehicle.

More Information:
For more information, contact Ranger Evan Marting at 850-922-6007 or thomas.e.martin@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park
3600 Indian Mounds Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32303

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection's Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park presents Trillium Hike! on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 12 Noon. Come hike one of North Florida’s most unique ecosystems, a ravine slope forest and seepage stream. Park Ranger Evan Martin will lead this informative hike through the wooded areas of the park. The hike will range both on and off trail to observe trillium now in bloom, a native but rare groundcover that subsists in this, the species’ southern-most range. Learn about the unique adaptations that enable the trillium to survive in its particular Florida habitat and what we can do to help conserve this rare species.

For safety reasons, close-toed shoes suitable for navigating unimproved and occasionally steep forest slopes as well as shallow streams and slippery areas are required. Long-sleeved shirts and pants, drinking water, hats and sunscreen are recommended.  Watch the weather and dress accordingly; the hike will take place rain or shine.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Wildlife Jeopardy @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 12:00pm to 12:30pm EST

Regular park admission applies.

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

A Wildlife Jeopardy program will be held in the Discovery Center on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from noon until 12:30 pm.  This month's program will focus on American alligators and will be presented by Volunteer Barbara Cairns. She uses a 20-question format and invites visitors of all ages to test their knowledge about the American alligator. Handouts will be available.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Dune to Lagoon - Cross Barrier Island Plant Identification Stroll @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with paid park entry.

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

Join us for a leisurely stroll and learn about our sub-tropical, coastal plants.  Find out which plants are edible, have medical uses and are attractive for landscaping.  Meet at the hammock trail one mile north of the bridge in the parking lot on the west side of A1A.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Mary's Music Series @ Koreshan State Park

Saturday, February 20, 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.

More Information:
Ranger Station (239) 992-0311

Located in the Southwest region at:
Koreshan State Park
3800 Corkscrew Road
Estero, FL 33928

Sunday, February 20, 2016 1:00-2:00p.m.  Deborah Carlsen will delight us with her vocals and play Pop, Rock and Contemporary music on the historic 1885 Steinway Piano. This concert will take place in the Historic Art Hall at 1:00-2:00p.m. Sunday, February 20, 2016

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 20, 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

Wildlife Puppeteers Present "What Animal Am I?" @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST

Regular park admission applies.

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

The Wildlife Puppeteers will present their new play entitled "What Animal Am I?" in the Discovery Center inside the Park. Learn about the park's animals as the puppets give you clues to each animal's identity.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

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

Saturday, February 20, 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.

Camping in Your State Park @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

 No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a ranger by the campfire for smores and stories about the incredibile wildlife, serene landscapes and once-in-a-lifetime outdoor experiences that all 174 of Florida’s State Parks have to offer.

Additional Information:

The program will take place at the multi-use trail pavilion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

Finding North / Compass Scavenger Hunt @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

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

Join park volunteer Larry Ganion to learn many ways to find north when lost in the woods then use your new knowledge for in a Compass Scavenger Hunt.  Find different locations and information within the park, ending with a treasure chest filled with prizes! .  Meet in the picnic area next to the cypress pavilion near the river.

Additional Information:

Participant Requirements

Dining Under the Stars at Fort Foster @ Fort Foster State Historic Site

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm EST

$25.00 per person.

More Information:
Ranger Station: (813) 987-6771

Located in the Southwest region at:
Fort Foster State Historic Site
15402 U.S. 301 N.
Thonotosassa, FL 33592

Dine under the stars like an 1830's military officer and mingle with the troops from inside the walls of Historic Fort Foster.  Although there will be menu items influenced by Florida frontier life, such as heart of palm and gator tail, you will also have the opportunity to enjoy more modern and decadent fare, such as roast pork, kettle beans and other complimenting side dishes, as well as, coffee, tea, and water.  Participants will have the opportunity to view artifacts from the second Seminole Indian war era in our interpretive center.  From here the visitors will start the journey back in time by boarding and enjoy a 15 minute tram ride to the Fort.  Once at the historic site, park staff will lead the group through the grand doors and protective walls of the fort where they will enjoy a candle lit tour of the officers’ quarters, infirmary, and quarter masters' supply room.  Once seated, and with no distractions of the modern world, guests will take in the smell and sight of this gourmet food and will be immersed in Florida history that few experience. 

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 20, 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.

Moonlight Pontoon Tour @ Manatee Springs State Park

Saturday, February 20, 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

Saturday, February 20, 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.

Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm EST

$50.00 adults

$40.00 college student

$35.00 Kids

More Information:
BG Outdoor Center

Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Full Moon Kayak and Paddleboard Tour: Experience our Full Moon Tour where you can explore the calm waters of Whiskey Creek as you navigate through mangroves by moonlight. Each tour is led by our knowledgeable guides and includes time for s'mores at our private beach bonfire.

Full Moon Kayak Tour @ Oleta River State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm EST

$50.00 adults

$40.00 college student

$35.00 Kids

More Information:
BG Outdoor Center

Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Full Moon Kayak and Paddleboard Tour: Experience our Full Moon Tour where you can explore the calm waters of Whiskey Creek as you navigate through mangroves by moonlight. Each tour is led by our knowledgeable guides and includes time for s'mores at our private beach bonfire.

Moonlight Concert @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

$5.00 per person, children under age 10 are free.

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

Join us under the full moon for a magical night of music. Our performer is Acoustic Calamity, a folk and bluegrass band from Stuart, Florida.  This concert series will be held November thru April featuring a different band every month.  Come on out and bring the whole family!  No reservations are required and children under age 10 are free.  Admission is $5.00 per person.  For more information, please call the Nature Center at (561) 624-6952 .

Additional Information:

Friends of MacArthur Beach members get in free with a guest.

Night Sounds Concert Series featuring the Russ Kellum Band @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger 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

Bring a chair or towel and enjoy the music while surrounded by water and nature. Night Sounds concerts are planned on the weekend nearest the full moon each month from September through May.

Additional Information:

Meet at the Coconut Point Pavilions on the south side of Sebastian Inlet State Park.

Participation Requirements

2016 Americana Concert @ Camp Helen State Park

Saturday, February 20, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm CST

Event is free with paid park admission.

More Information:
Park Office: 850-267-8320

Located in the Northwest region at:
Camp Helen State Park
23937 Panama City Beach Parkway
Panama City Beach, FL 32413

the Department of Environmental Protection Camp Helen State Park presents the 2016 Americana Concert Series on February 20th, 2016 featuring the group Passerine. This group has been featured at music festivals throughout the state and has been touring nationally since 2012. Their distinctive sound combines vocal harmonies, the crisp rhythms of an acoustic guitar, haunting voices of the fiddle and dobro, and acoustic bass. Passerine offers a fresh take on traditional folk and bluegrass music as original songs.

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

Sunday, February 21, 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.