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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Coffee Social @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 8:00am EST

There is no cost to participate, donations appreciated.

More Information:
Ranger Station 941-483-5956

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

Wake up with a hot cup of coffee or tea and pastries. Enjoy the morning view Lake Osprey in the Nature Center.  The Volunteers running the program will be happy to answer any questions that you have about the park and surrounding area.  Feel free to bring a paper to read or feel free to browse our selection of guide books and informational resources.

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

Tuesday, March 8, 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.

Natural Fiber Crafts @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 1:00pm EST

Cost: $3/vehicle park entrance fee, $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 learn how to work with natural plant fibers such as Spanish moss to make crafts.  Materials will be provided. 

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic @ Lovers Key State Park

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 10:00am to 12:00pm EST

Free with regular park 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 park naturalists 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

Choctawhatchee Beach Mouse Hike @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CST

Standard park entrance fees will apply. However, there will be no additional fee for participation in the hike event.

More Information:
For reservations call 850-267-8330 and ask for Park Services Specialists Clayton Iron Wolf or Christina Saidak.

Located in the Northwest region at:
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
7525 W. Scenic Highway 30A
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

Beach Mice inhabit coastal dunes in the panhandle and along the Atlantic coast of Florida. Development of coastal dune areas has caused a loss of habitat for beach mice and other plant and animal life that live in the dunes. Predation by exotic, invasive species such as coyotes and feral cats have also negatively impacted the population.  Due to this loss of habitat and predation, five of the six subspecies of beach mice found in Florida are state and federally listed as either endangered or threatened. This guided hike will take the participants through areas generally closed to the public; through rolling dunes, where sea oats, beach rosemary, woody goldenrod and prickly pear cactus are the dominant plant species. Due to only 15 participants being permitted, advanced telephone reservations are required. Call 850-267-8330; you will receive a call back to confirm your reservation. Children under 8 years of age are not permitted. In the event of severely inclement weather the program will be moved indoors where a presentation on the topic will take place.

Additional Information:

Proper outdoor apparel and footwear is recommended. Make sure that you have sunscreen, insect repellent and adequate drinking water. The hike will last from 45 minutes to one hour.

Participation Requirements

Campfire Social @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Tuesday, March 8, 2016 - 7:00pm EST

Registered campers only  no fees

More Information:
Cristy Disbrow 941-483-5957

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

Enjoy talking with volunteers and fellow campers around the campfire.  Bring a non-alcoholic drink and a good story to share.

Located at the Campfire Circle or inside the Nature Center if the weather is not so nice.

Additional Information:

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Program is located at the Campfire Circle between sites 35 and 36. Will be held in the Nature Center if weather is not so nice.

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

Wednesday, March 9, 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.