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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival @ Ochlockonee River State Park

Friday, February 26, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, February 28, 2016 (All day)

Day use entry fee - $4.00 per vehicle up to 8 people

More Information:
ORSP Ranger Station 850-962-2771

Located in the Northwest region at:
Ochlockonee River State Park
429 State Park Road
Sopchoppy, FL 32358

Bring your family to the 9th Annual Stone Age and Primitive Arts Festival at beautiful Ochlockonee River State Park - Come and enjoy flintknapping, pottery, primitive bow making, atlatl demonstrations, competitions and primitive skills demonstrations.  Go to www.knapfest.com for more details. 

Monthly Bird Walks on Pepper Creek Trail @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 8:00am to 9:30am EST

There is no charge to participate in the bird walk. Regular park admission would 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

Novice and experienced birders are invited to take a guided bird walk on Pepper Creek Trail. Leaders from Citrus County Audubon take birders on this 3/4 mile bird walk. This leisurely-paced walk is on an accessible (paved) trail that winds through a hydric hammock along Pepper Creek. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them (not required). Birders can either walk back or take the first return boat of the day. Please call the park office to register: (352) 628-5343.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Guided Bird Walk at Tubing Entrance @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 8:00am to 10:00am EST

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Guided Bird Walks are on the last Saturday in Sept-April led by Volunteer and President of Citrus County Audubon, Fred Hileman along with other birding enthusiasts. Meet in the parking lot at 8:00 a.m. at the Tubing Entrance parking lot at 10830 SW 180th Ave Rd. Beginners are welcome. Bring binoculars or other birding tools, good shoes, and water. A few pairs of binoculars may be available for use.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, February 27, 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. 

Swamp Stomp @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

Located in the Central region at:
Ravine Gardens State Park
1600 Twigg Street
Palatka, FL 32177

Join Ranger Justin as he leads a walk through Ravine Gardens State Park and the Water Works Environmental Educational Center to the St. Johns River.  This off-trail hike explores the undeveloped eastern side of the park.  The wet, muddy and uneven terrain is challenging and is intended only for hikers prepared for the tough walk. The hike will wind through mucky floodplain and will sometimes be blocked by fallen trees and branches.

Additional Information:

The hike will be approximately 1 mile total and is expected to last 2 hours.  Rubber or waterproof boots, bug repellent, sunscreen, and water are recommended for the walk.  Recommended for ages 12 and up; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Space is limited to 10 participants and reservations are required. Please RSVP by calling the park at (386) 329-3721.

Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, February 27, 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 Paddling Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EST

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe $17 for 2 hours, $5 each additional hour

Kayak $15 for 2 hours, $6 each additional hour

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

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:

Contact the Kimbell Education Center for more information. 

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

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am 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:

Participation Requirements

Florida Frontier Day @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8520

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Put on your cowboy hat and roll up those sleeves for a good ole' time at the Rainbow Springs State Park Florida Frontier Day. Formerly Cracker Days, the renamed Florida Frontier Day is on Saturday, February 27th. Families can try out their skills living life in Florida in the 1800s as they grind corn meal for grits, churn butter, crochet, wash clothes, and play Frontier games or watch the many demonstrators as they crack their cattle whips, call for wild turkeys, carve wood, cook on an open fire, and ride their Florida Cracker horses around camp! Be sure to also bring some 21st century cash to purchase some unique one-of-a-kind items handcrafted by talented wood carvers, pine needle crafters, sewers, and more. If you want to pull up a hay bale and listen to some bluegrass folk music well we have that too. The Shade Tree Pickers will be roaming the park from the Cracker Camp to the veranda while the Front Porch Folks play folk music on their dulcimers and a woman in period dress plays the violin. Hungry? Try some bison chili, buffalo burgers, fresh squeezed lemonade or hot out of the kettle sweet kettle corn to satisfy your appetite. There's fun to be had and something to learn for everyone!

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Program Flyer

A tram will be provided to transport visitors from the concession area at the Headsprings back to the Cracker Camp near the butterfly garden where the demonstrators and the majority of the vendors and musicians will be located. Visitors will also have the opportunity to learn about our beautiful azalea bushes that will hopefully be in full bloom at the time of the event as well as other native butterfly garden plants from the University of Florida Marion County Master Gardeners who will be stationed at the butterfly garden.

 

Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, February 27, 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

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

More Information:
Tina Miller tina.miller@dep.state.fl.us 386-688-3488

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Enjoy your morning coffee or cocoa with the park staff and volunteers while enjoying the picturesque, bird's eye view of the spring from the old log cabin.  Chat with park staff and ask any questions on your mind, or enjoy the peaceful nature views in good company.  Hot beverages are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite coffee mug.

Also, please contact us to request a special coffee time for your friends, family or other group.

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Please feel free to contact the park with any special accommodation requests to make your visit the best that it can be.

3ed Annual Children's Art Show @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm 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

The Friends of Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park will proudly host the Third Annual Children’s Art Show at Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park. The goals of this event are to showcase the artistic talents of elementary students from Collier County public and private schools as well as to promote community awareness and enjoyment of our Park. Prizes and People’s Choice Awards will be given.

Outdoor Interpretive Programs @ Collier-Seminole State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Interpretive programs are free with regular park admission.

More Information:
239-394-3397

Located in the Southwest region at:
Collier-Seminole State Park
20200 Tamiami Trail E.
Naples, FL 34114

Come and enjoy ranger-guided interpretive programs on the Bay City Walking Dredge and the one mile Royal Palm Hammock Trail. Program times are as follows:  Bay City Walking Dredge - 10:00AM-11:00AM and 12:00PM-1:00PM; Royal Palm Hammock Trail - 11:00AM-12:00PM and 1:00PM-2:00PM.

Additional Information:

Interpretive programs will only be held if the weather is permitting.

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

Saturday, February 27, 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

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic @ Lovers Key State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with regular 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 naturalist to learn a variety of tackle and fresh bait rigs, find out the best places to drop a line, and learn about the rules and regulations that pertain to game fishing in Southwest Florida.  Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

4th Satuday Tours @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

Regular park entrance fee $5.00 per vehicle (honor box-cash only).

More Information:
Visitor Center, (352) 472-1142

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Take a walk with a ranger or volunteer docent around the farmstead. Learn about pioneer family life and the workings of a historic farm. We provide a public tour on the fourth Saturday of each month October - May. Tour begins at the Visitor Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Florida Statehood Day @ Constitution Convention Museum State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 11:00am to 2:00pm EST

Free entry to Museum and Tour

More Information:
Joanna Lindsey (850) 229-8029

Located in the Northwest region at:
Constitution Convention Museum State Park
200 Allen Memorial Way
Port St. Joe, FL 32456

The Constitution Convention Museum State Park and the Friends of St. Joseph Peninsula State Park is hosting Florida Statehood Day. Come celebrate 171 years of Florida Statehood and learn about the men who created the first Florida Constitution in Port Saint Joe, Florida in 1839.  Local dignitaries of Port Saint Joe will be speaking on the importance and history of the signing of the Constitution which help establish the State of Florida in 1845. 

Live music will be preformed and local vendors from Cape San Blas will be selling food and drinks.  Ranger lead tours of the museum will commence throughout the event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, February 27, 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

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

Saturday, February 27, 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.

Turtles of Talbot @ Fort George Island Cultural State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
11241 Fort George Road
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a ranger for an engaging program about the different species of turtles that call Talbot Islands their home. From gopher tortoises to sea turtles, learn about all things shelled under the sun.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Turtles of Talbot @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free.

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 for an engaging program about the different species of turtles that call Talbot Islands their home. From gopher tortoises to sea turtles, learn about all things shelled under the sun.

Additional Information:

This program will take place at the Ribault Club on Fort George Island Cultural State Park.

Participation Requirements

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, February 27, 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.

Guided Night Paddle @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 5:00pm EST

The cost to participate is $20.00/person.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

Located in the Southwest region at:
Oscar Scherer State Park
1843 South Tamiami Trail
Osprey, FL 34229

Awaken your senses with the wonders of the nocturnal world while park staff guide you along a gentle paddle among the fragile estuarine mangrove habitat of South Creek. Participants are asked to arrive 30 minutes prior to sunset to get set-up. Space is limited to ten vessels and is on a first-come, first-served basis, so register early (up to one month prior to the paddle date). Canoes, kayaks, paddles and life jackets are available for rent at the park. Folks are welcome to bring their own paddling gear instead of renting.

Time varies based on sunset - contact park for actual times.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Star Gazing @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Day visitors must be in the park prior to park closing.

More Information:
Cindy Preston (386) 454-0723

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

 

Meet park volunteer Larry Ganion in the cypress pavilion to learn the basics of star gazing, find the constellation Orion, make a star wheel and enjoy looking at the stars and moon through a telescope and binoculars.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

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

Sunday, February 28, 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.