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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Oscar's Grill Pancake Breakast @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 8:00am EST

The cost is $4.00/person kids 12 years and younger is $2.00/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

What better way to start your day than with a hearty, home-cooked breakfast.  This winter family-friendly program is fully prepared by park Volunteers for both day-use visitors and campers.  The breakfast includes your choice of plain or blueberry pancakes with syrup (regular or sugar-free), sausage, and your choice of juice, coffee (regular or decaf), or tea.  A great way to meet other park guests.

Leave No Trace @ Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 9:30am to 1:00pm 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

Join the Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers for a FREE interactive educational program that teaches children and adults how to enjoy the outdoors responsibly. Some of the topics covered will be tips & tricks to minimize your impacts when you’re in the great outdoors and the best methods to interact with wildlife responsibly.

Additional Information:

Reservations recommended

Leave No Trace Participation Requirements

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

Thursday, March 10, 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.

Lovers Key Fishing Clinic @ Lovers Key State Park

Thursday, March 10, 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 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

Beginning Birding @ Lovers Key State Park

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am 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

Explore some of the prime birding areas of Lovers Key State Park with a park ranger. Learn how to identify the birds you see and where to go in the park for great birding. A limited number of binoculars will be provided. Due to limited space, reservations are required. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Volunteer Brown Bag Luncheon @ Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EST

There are no fees associated with this event.

More Information:
Linda Trice (850) 4874556

Located in the Northwest region at:
Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park
3540 Thomasville Road
Tallahassee, FL 32309

The Department of Environmental Protection’s Alfred B. Maclay Gardens State Park would like to invite you to The Volunteer Brown Bag Luncheon. We love to see our volunteers and share lunch time with them.  We will provide drinks and dessert.  We use this time to get to know our volunteers better.  If you are not a current volunteer and would like to be please join us for this monthly luncheon. We will meet at the Gardner's Cottage from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Additional Information:

 

Participation Requirements

Park Music Jam @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 3:00pm 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

Enjoy watching and listening to musicians jamming out to various music tunes.  Anyone with an instrument that would like to join in is welcome and encouraged.  This family-friendly program is sure to be full of toe-stomping fun located at the Nature Center.  Audience members are welcome to bring snacks and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Americana Under the Stars @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Thursday, March 10, 2016 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm CST

$5.00 donation to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park includes regular park admission.

More Information:
George Royal or Clayton Iron Wolf, 850-267-8332

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

Presenting original Americana music, including folk, jazz, blues and more by musicians from Florida and other states. The concerts take place at our newly refurbished and upgraded amphitheater, unless bad weather conditions are present. If bad weather, the concert will be held inside our clubhouse. 

Additional Information:

A regularly updated schedule of artists and dates can be found at  http://www.luckymudmusic.com

Participation Requirements

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

Friday, March 11, 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.

Swampfest 2016 @ Weeki Wachee Springs State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 (All day) to Sunday, March 13, 2016 (All day)

$8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. Kids five and under are free. CASH ONLY.

More Information:
352.592.5656

Located in the Southwest region at:
Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
6131 Commercial Way
Weeki Wachee, FL 34606

This annual event includes Arts & Crafts, vendors, music and food. Admission to the park those days will be $8 for adults and $4 for kids ages 6-12. CASH ONLY! There will be an ATM on property. There will be remote off-site parking for guests. Please visit www.swampfestweekiwachee.com for more info.