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Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Highlands Hammock State Park

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:30am EST

Park entry fees of $6.00 per vehicle (up to 8 people per car), $4.00 per single occupant vehicle, and $2.00 for bicyclists and people walking on foot apply.

More Information:
Call the Ranger Station at 863-386-6094 for more information.

Located in the Southwest region at:
Highlands Hammock State Park
5931 Hammock Road
Sebring , FL 33872

Take a leisurely walk with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth as they explore park nature trails, observe birds, and discover what’s blooming.  These two self-taught naturalists actively scout trails in advance of their hikes and keep track of the areas where birds and other wildlife are likely to be found.  Woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks and Florida water birds are common and winter migratory birds may be sighted.  Alligators, turtles, deer, otters and snakes are sometimes spotted.  The walks are currently scheduled every Monday through the end of March.  A new series of Monday Morning Nature Walks begins on February 1 on the Fern Garden Trail.  Remaining walks are scheduled as follows:  Young Hammock Trail/February 8, Cypress Swamp Trail/February 15, and Richard Lieber Memorial Trail/February 22.  Each trail is unique and visitors will explore the ecology of hammocks and swamps and learn about their associated flora and fauna.  The degree of difficulty of the walks ranges from easy to moderate.  All of the preceding trails are located on the Loop Road.  Meet at the parking areas of trailheads shortly before 9:00 a.m.  The hike will take approximately one hour to 90 minutes.  Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants and protective clothing.  Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Walking sticks can be helpful and binoculars, field guides and cameras are welcome.  See Additional Information.

Additional Information:

Scheduled walks are subject to change depending on conditions.  Visitors are advised to check at the Ranger Station before preceding to the trails. There are no restroom facilities along the Loop Road, so visitors are advised to stop at the restroom in the picnic area prior to the hike.  Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  To learn more about the participation requirements for this activity, please see EEC RANGER - LED NATURE WALKS.

Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 5:15pm to 6:15pm EST

Class fee is $5 plus regular park admission.

More Information:
Green Monkey Yoga Studio at 239-598-1938

Located in the Southwest region at:
Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park
11135 Gulfshore Drive
Naples, FL 34108

Join yoga instructors from Green Monkey Yoga for an all-levels gentle yoga class while the sun prepares to set. Then stay to soak in and celebrate the closing rays of the day over the Gulf.

Additional Information:

Bring your yoga mat, water, a towel, and bug spray! To make a reservation and payment please call the yoga studio at 239-598-1938 or visit their website: www.greenmonkey.com.

Sunset Yoga Participation Requirements

Full Moon Beach Stroll @ Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 6:00pm to 6:30pm EST

Program is FREE with park admission!

More Information:
386-517-2086

Located in the Central region at:
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area at Flagler Beach
3100 S. Oceanshore Blvd
Flagler Beach, FL 32136

Join a Ranger for this full moon beach stroll!  Visitors will learn fun and interesting moon facts and the effects of the moon on the tidal ecosystem. We will leave from the beachside day use pavilion and stroll to the beach using the boardwalk located behind the pavilion. If you prefer, you can view the moon from the overlook. Please bring water and dress for the weather. All ages are welcome; minors must be accompanied by an adult. Bring a camera for beautiful photo opportunities!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Tuesday, February 23, 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.