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Sunday, March 6, 2016

Atlantic Surfing Federation Surf Concert @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 8:00am EST to Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 5:00pm EST

Free with park admission.

More Information:
www.atlanticsurfing.org

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

Atlantic Surfing Federation surf contest.  Watch some hot amateur surfing with contestants from the East Coast of Florida do battle to find out who is the best.  The location of the surf contest is by the North Jetty.  Poor waves and weather can vary dates and time.  Back up dates of March 12 and 13.  www.atlanticsurfing.org   

Additional Information:

Participant requirements: EEC Surf Contest at Sebastian Inlet 

151st Anniversary and 39th Annual Reenactment of the Battle of Nat @ Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, March 5, 2016 - 9:00am EST to Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 4:00pm EST

A donation of $3.00 per adult and $1.00 for children 6 and under is requested for admission to the event.  All proceeds help to maintain and preserve the Park.

More Information:
Terri Messler at 850-922-6007 or terri.messler@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park
7502 Natural Bridge Rd.
Tallahassee, FL 32305

The annual reenactment of the Battle of Natural Bridge will be held Saturday and Sunday, March 5 & 6, 2016.  Both a Saturday skirmish and Sunday’s full reenactment will be conducted on part of the original battlefield acquired by the State in 2009.  Other activities during the weekend will include prearranged school tours (Friday only), living history demonstrations interpreting civilian and military life during the 1860’s and historic presentations by volunteers from the John G. Riley Center/Museum of African American History and Culture and the Ladies Soldiers Friends Sewing Society.  On Sunday, the Anna Jackson Chapter 224 United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC) will celebrate their annual pilgrimage to the site with a brief ceremony and the laying of a wreath honoring the original participants of the battle.

We are also recreating the historic march of Union troops from their naval landing at the St. Marks Lighthouse overland to the Natural Bridge. We estimate that from 20 to 30 reenactors in Civil War period Federal uniforms with authentic muskets, bayonets, and full accoutrements will meet at the lighthouse starting about 1:00PM on Friday afternoon, March 4th, 2016.  Members of the 2nd USCT reenacting unit are expected to participate in the march.

On Saturday and Sunday, authentic period camps will be open for public visitation starting at 9:00 A.M.  Period merchants will be on site selling articles and souvenirs of the period.  Food vending will be provided by the Tallahassee Elks Lodge.  The Natural Bridge Historical Society, Inc. (NBHS), the Citizen Support Organization (CSO) for the park, will also be on hand to distribute historic literature about the battle and answer questions about the events which took place during this pivotal period of American history.    The Natural Bridge Battlefield Historic State Park is located 6 miles east of the community of Woodville on the Natural Bridge Road.

Additional Information:

For more information: www.nbhscso.com or contact Chris Ellrich - Vice President NBHS (850) 321-0950   cellrich@hotmail.com.

For participation requirements, click here.

Eagle Viewing @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 9:00am EST

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

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 weekly program is offered during bald eagle nesting season. Two nests are located in the park but the easiest to access is on the Green Trail. Once nest construction has begun, part of the trails are roped off per federal law. To view the eagles from a safe distance, a Volunteer will be manning a viewing station. A high-powered spotting scope to view the nest will be provided. The 20-minute walk to the eagle viewing station on the Green Trail from the Nature Center or campground is self-guided and trail maps can be obtained at the Ranger Station and Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

First Weekend Union Garrison @ Fort Clinch State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST

$2.50 Fort Admission in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Fort Clinch State Park, 904-277-7274

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Clinch State Park
2601 Atlantic Ave
Fernandina Beach, FL 32034

This program will allow visitors to interact with living historians to experience life in the fort as it was in 1864. The grounds will be bustling with soldiers in period costumes involved in firing demonstrations, marching drills, cooking and daily activities. Ladies in their dresses, sutlers displaying their wares, fife players and drummer boys bring every part of the civil war era to life. Come join in this unique, family friendly event.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Beach Combing @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:30am 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

Join a Volunteer for a talk about beach treasures. Learn about sea shells, sea creatures and tidal movement. This is a great interactive event!

Additional Information:

Beach Combing Participation Requirements

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Sunday, March 6, 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

Daytime Astronomy @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:30pm EST

Program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Melody Brennan (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northwest region at:
Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State Park
1900 E. Gulf Beach Drive
St. George Island, FL 32328

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Dr. Julian G. Bruce St George Island State Park along with astronomer Bill Nigg will be hosting a daily telescope observation program about sunspots, weather permitting.  Participants will use a high powered telescope equipped with solar filters to safely observe the sun. The focus will be on the movement, quantity, and development of sunspots over the course of a month. Through these observations we will gain a better understanding of the power of the Earth’s most stable energy supplier.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements

Program will be held at Volunteer Campsite #3 in the campground.

World War II Weekend @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:00pm EST

Cost $3/person; Age 6 and under, WWII Vets free

More Information:
Park Visitor Center - 352-793-4781, www.dadebattlefield.com

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

World War II Weekend commemorates the most widespread armed conflict in history and celebrates both military and popular civilian culture during the war years.  The event includes a battle between Allied and German Forces at 2 pm, Allied and Axis uniformed reenactors, authentic camps and equipment, mechanized military vehicles, weapons demonstrations, Big Band music and food vendors. 

20th Annual Azalea Days @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Free with regular park entry.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Experience Ravine Gardens at its best with our 100,000 azaleas in bloom this time of year!  Spend your day at the park as you enjoy guided wagon tours, music, vendors featuring arts, crafts, and plants, and much more!  See nature's colorful display up-close by taking a ranger-narrated wagon tour around the park's 1.8 mile loop through thousands of blooming azaleas.  Walk along picturesque hiking trails to enjoy a spectacular view of colorful plants, including azaleas, dogwoods, magnolias, and camellias.  Food and refreshments will be available for purchase during the event.

Additional Information:

If you are interested in being a vendor for the event, please contact Kristine Kastenbaum by phone at 386-329-3721 or by email at Kristine.Kastenbaum@dep.state.fl.us.

Participation Requirements

Guided Bike Tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Park entry fee applies. 

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

Join staff along paved trails and roads, learning about the park's unique natural and cultural history. The tour is approximately 2 hours long and may be too long or vigorous for young children or persons who are not able to handle cycling about 5-6 miles. 

A Ride for the Wild Side Charity Ride @ Washington Oaks Gardens State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

$20 per participant 

More Information:
386-446-6783

Located in the Central region at:
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
6400 N. Oceanshore Blvd.
Palm Coast, FL, FL 32137

Kick off your 2016 Bike Week fun and take "A Ride for the Wild Side" in and around 5 beautiful state parks on Sunday, March 6, 2016 (10am-4pm)! New this year: a set route starting at Tomoka then heading to Bulow Creek, North Peninsula-Smith Creek, Washington Oaks Gardens and Anastasia state parks (St. Augustine). Bikers can pre-register online now or on event day at Tomoka State Park from 10am-12pm (cash and checks only).

Your $20 registration fee will include one tally sheet (additional tally sheets can purchased during registration at Tomoka), park entrance (a different fun activity at each stop), food and one chance drawing ticket (additional chance drawing tickets can be purchased at Anastasia).  Breakfast is available for purchase at the Tomoka Outpost camp store during the registration window.

Anastasia, the last stop, hosts the post-ride festivities with food provided by the concessionaire (Island Beach Grill), live music with Second Chance, a road-kill Slow Ride, alcoholic beverages for purchase, and more games including a separate 50/50 drawing.  Prizes will be announced for Best, Worst and Garbage hands, the 50/50 drawing, and all chance drawing items at 3PM (you must be present to win).  Check out photos from last year's Inaugural ride and any event details on our event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RidefortheWildSide.  

After event expenses, proceeds raised will be split evenly between the 5 parks to support ongoing and future efforts to protect, preserve and interpret their natural and cultural resources.

Additional Information:

Participation requirements 

2nd Annual Florida Park Service Charity Ride: Ride for the Wild Side at Bulow Creek State Park @ Bulow Creek State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Each participant pays the $20 registration fee (including bike passengers and all those in vehicles, if applicable).

More Information:
386-676-4050

Located in the Central region at:
Bulow Creek State Park
3351 Old Dixie Highway
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Kick off your 2016 Bike Week fun and take "A Ride for the Wild Side" in and around 5 beautiful state parks on Sunday, March 6, 2016 (10am-4pm)! New this year: a set route starting at Tomoka then heading to Bulow Creek, North Peninsula-Smith Creek, Washington Oaks Gardens and Anastasia state parks (St. Augustine). Bikers can pre-register online now or on event day at Tomoka State Park from 10am-12pm (cash and checks only).  Your $20 registration fee will include one tally sheet (additional tally sheets can purchased during registration at Tomoka), park entrance fee (a different fun activity at each stop), food and one chance drawing ticket (additional chance drawing tickets can be purchased at Anastasia).  Breakfast is available for purchase at the Tomoka Outpost camp store during the registration window.

Anastasia State Park, the last stop, hosts the post ride festivities with food provided by the concessionaire (Island Beach Grill), live music with Second Chance, a Road-Kill Slow Ride, alcoholic beverages for purchase, and more games including a separate 50/50 drawing.  Prizes will be announced for Best, Worst and Garbage hands, the 50/50 drawing, and all chance drawing items at 3PM (you must be present to win).  Check out photos from last year's Inaugural ride and any event details on our event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RidefortheWildSide.   After event expenses, proceeds raised will be split evenly between the 5 parks to support ongoing and future efforts to protect, preserve and interpret their natural and cultural resources.

Note: Meet members of the Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks-Bulow Creek Historic Alliance at Bulow Creek for a challenging game of corn darts, a sweet treat and see the majestic Fairchild Oak. Learn more about the group’s plans for future projects and programs coming to our Tomoka Basin state parks. Check them out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bulow-Parks-Historic-Alliance-Inc/1376171515947897

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

A Ride for the Wild Side Charity Ride @ North Peninsula State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

$20 per participant

More Information:
Celena.Cline@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Central region at:
North Peninsula State Park
40 Highbridge Rd
Ormond by the Sea, FL 32176

Kick off your 2016 Bike Week fun and take "A Ride for the Wild Side" in and around 5 beautiful state parks on Sunday, March 6, 2016 (10am-4pm)! New this year: a set route starting at Tomoka then heading to Bulow Creek, North Peninsula-Smith Creek Landing, Washington Oaks Gardens and Anastasia state parks (St. Augustine). Bikers can pre-register at Eventbrite now or on event day at Tomoka State Park from 10am-12pm (cash and checks only).

Your $20 registration fee will include one tally sheet (additional tally sheets can purchased during registration at Tomoka), park entrance (a different fun activity at each stop), food and one chance drawing ticket (additional chance drawing tickets can be purchased at Anastasia).  Breakfast is available for purchase at the Tomoka Outpost camp store during the registration window.

Anastasia, the last stop, hosts the post-ride festivities with food provided by the concessionaire (Island Beach Grill), live music with Second Chance, a road-kill Slow Ride, alcoholic beverages for purchase, and more games including a separate 50/50 drawing.  Prizes will be announced for Best, Worst and Garbage hands, the 50/50 drawing, and all chance drawing items at 3PM (you must be present to win).  Check out photos from last year's Inaugural ride and any event details on our event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RidefortheWildSide.  

After event expenses, proceeds raised will be split evenly between the 5 parks to support ongoing and future efforts to protect, preserve and interpret their natural and cultural resources

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

2nd Annual FPS Charity Ride- A Ride for the Wild Side @ Tomoka State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Each participant pays the $20 event registration fee (including bike passengers and all those in vehicles, if applicable).

More Information:
386-676-4050

Located in the Central region at:
Tomoka State Park
2099 North Beach Street
Ormond Beach, FL 32174

Kick off your 2016 Bike week fun and take "A Ride for the Wild Side" in and around 5 beautiful state parks on Sunday, March 6, 2016 (10am-4pm)! New this year- a set route starting at Tomoka then heading to Bulow Creek, North Peninsula-Smith Creek, Washington Oaks Gardens and Anastasia state parks (St. Augustine). Bikers can pre-register online now at http://www.Eventbrite.com  (search for A Ride for the Wild Side) or on event day at Tomoka State Park from 10am-12pm (cash and checks only).  Your $20 registration fee will include one tally sheet (additional tally sheets can purchased during registration at Tomoka), park entrance fee (a different fun activity at each stop), food and one chance drawing ticket (additional chance drawing tickets can be purchased at Anastasia).  Breakfast is available for purchase at the Tomoka Outpost camp store during the registration window.

Anastasia, the last stop, hosts the post ride festivities with food provided by the concessionaire (Island Beach Grill), live music with Second Chance, a Road-Kill Slow Ride, alcoholic beverages for purchase, and more games including a separate 50/50 drawing.  Prizes will be announced for Best, Worst and Garbage hands, the 50/50 drawing, and all chance drawing items at 3PM (you must be present to win).  Check out photos from last year's Inaugural ride and any event details on our event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RidefortheWildSide .   After event expenses, proceeds raised will be split evenly between the 5 parks to support ongoing and future efforts to protect, preserve and interpret their natural and cultural resources.

Note: Meet members of the Friends of Tomoka Basin State Parks-Bulow Creek Historic Alliance at Bulow Creek for a challenging game of corn darts, a sweet treat and see the majestic Fairchild Oak. Learn more about the group’s plans for future projects and programs coming to our Tomoka Basin state parks. Check them out on https://www.facebook.com/pages/Bulow-Parks-Historic-Alliance-Inc/1376171515947897

Ride for the Wild Side - 2nd Annual FPS Chairty Ride @ Anastasia State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 10:00am to 4:00pm EST

Each participant pays the $20 event registration fee (including bike passengers and all those in vehicles, if applicable).

More Information:
Renee Market

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

Kick off your 2016 Bike week fun and take "A Ride for the Wild Side" in and around 5 beautiful state parks on Sunday, March 6, 2016 (10am-4pm)! New this year- a set route starting at Tomoka then heading to Bulow Creek, North Peninsula-Smith Creek, Washington Oaks Gardens and Anastasia state parks (St. Augustine). Bikers can pre-register online now at http://www.Eventbrite.com (link is external)  (search for A Ride for the Wild Side) or on event day at Tomoka State Park from 10am-12pm (cash and checks only).  Your $20 registration fee will include one tally sheet (additional tally sheets can purchased during registration at Tomoka), park entrance fee (a different fun activity at each stop), food and one chance drawing ticket (additional chance drawing tickets can be purchased at Anastasia).  Breakfast is available for purchase at the Tomoka Outpost camp store during the registration window.

Anastasia, the last stop, hosts the post ride festivities with food provided by the concessionaire (Island Beach Grill), live music with Second Chance, a Road-Kill Slow Ride, alcoholic beverages for purchase, and more games including a separate 50/50 drawing.  Prizes will be announced for Best, Worst and Garbage hands, the 50/50 drawing, and all chance drawing items at 3PM (you must be present to win).  Check out photos from last year's Inaugural ride and any event details on our event Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RidefortheWildSide (link is external) .   After event expenses, proceeds raised will be split evenly between the 5 parks to support ongoing and future efforts to protect, preserve and interpret their natural and cultural resources.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Sundae Sunday Social and Musical Treat @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 3:30pm EST

$3.00 for ice cream in addition to regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 941-483-5956

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

Enjoy an ice cream sundae while listening and relaxing to great live music by fabulous musicians held at the Nature Center.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Music by firelight @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Sunday, March 6, 2016 - 6:30pm EST

This program is open to registered campers only and is free of charge.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Music lovers will enjoy this program held by firelight at the Campfire Circle. If inclement weather will be held in the Nature Center 

Additional Information:

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

Monday, March 7, 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.