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Monday, February 29, 2016

Photo Contest @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Monday, February 1, 2016 - 8:00am EST to Monday, February 29, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

The entry fee for the contest is $5.  Proceeds to benefit the Friends of Ravine Gardens, Inc.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

The Friends of Ravine Gardens are hosting a Photo Contest during the month of February!  Bring your camera and explore the park to get the perfect shot.  The top 3 photographs will receive prizes and all photographs will be displayed at our Azalea Days event on March 5th and 6th.

Additional Information:

Photographs must be taken within Ravine Gardens State Park.  A printed 8x10 photo must be submitted to the park and a digital copy (.jpg, .tif or .png format) must be emailed to by 4 p.m. on February 29th to qualify.  Contestants must also complete a Photo Release Form upon entry.

Monday Morning Nature Walks @ Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 9:00am to 11:00am EST

Park entry fee of $2.00 per vehicle applies and exact change is required for payment in the Iron Ranger deposit box. 

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

Located in the Southwest region at:
Lake June-in-Winter Scrub Preserve State Park
Daffodil Road
Lake Placid, FL 33852

Explore Lake June with volunteer trail guides Brian and Susan Woodworth.  This walk is an “off the beaten path” field trip that includes hiking the Tomoka Run Trail through scrubby flatwoods, bayhead, and scrub.  Hikers may walk a short distance down a sugar sand trail or along the entrance road to observe Florida Scrub-jays.  Woodpeckers, red-shouldered hawks and Florida water birds may be sighted and gopher tortoises are sometimes seen. Visitors may also walk down to the lakeshore to view wading birds.  The degree of difficulty of this walk ranges from easy to moderate to difficult.  Visitors will drive to the far south end of Daffodil Road in Lake Placid and meet at the main entrance of the park at 9:00 a.m.   The walk will take one hour to 90 minutes, and may be extended to two hours depending on bird sightings.  Please dress for the weather and wear hiking boots or sturdy shoes, long pants, protective clothing and bring a hat as shade is sparse in scrub habitat.  Visitors are advised to bring sunscreen, insect repellent, water and snacks.  Water is essential as there are no drinking fountains or other sources of water on site.  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 call the Ranger Station at Highlands Hammock before proceeding to Lake June for a scheduled walk. Other than a solar outhouse, there are no restroom facilities at Lake June. Water is essential as there are no drinking fountains or other sources of water on site.  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 LAKE JUNE.


Sunset Yoga @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Monday, February 29, 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:

Sunset Yoga Participation Requirements

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

Tuesday, March 1, 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,

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.