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Friday, March 11, 2016

Women's Fishing Clinic @ Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

Free to all participants.

More Information:
Heather Sneed (850) 487-0554

Located in the Southeast region at:
Fort Pierce Inlet State Park
905 Shorewinds Drive
Fort Pierce, FL 34949

2nd Annual

Women's Fishing Clinic

Proudly presented by:

Sport Fish Restoration, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Florida Park Service Department of Environmental Protection

Friday March 11th, 2016

9:00am - 5:00pm

Fort Pierce Inlet State Park

This is a Catch and Release event.

Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid recreational saltwater fishing license unless exempt.

Fishing equipment is loaned during the clinic but you may bring your own gear.

All participants must pre-register for the event by contacting Heather Sneed at 850-487-0554 or Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com.

 

Guided Hike & Bike @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 9:00am EST

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

($2.00 for pedestrians/bicyclists entering the park from the Legacy Trail; cost for vehicles varies based on occupancy.)

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 two-part program is conducted by a Ranger or Volunteer. Hike time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00a.m. Bike time: 10:30 a.m. to noon. The guide will take you on an informative walk along one of the six trails in the park.  If you’re interested in taking your journey a step further, stay for the second portion of the program which includes a leisurely bike ride along the Green Trail and a portion of the Legacy Trail. The bike ride is about 12 miles round-trip. Participants must provide their own bikes; road and trail bikes are ok. Children under 16 years of age must wear a helmet while bicycling. Both portions of the program begin at the Nature Center. Remember to bring plenty of drinking water.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Guided Paddling tour @ Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 9:45am to 12:00pm EST

Park entry fees apply.

Canoe rental $17 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $5.

Single Kayak $15 for 2 hours, each additional hour is $6. 

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

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:

For more information contact the Kimbell Education Center at (561) 745-5551.

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

Friday, March 11, 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.

Homosassa Heritage Days @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:30am EST

There is no charge to attend Homosassa Heritage Days’ events and activities in the Florida Room. Regular 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

Heritage Days is a two-day event focusing on Homosassa’s Heritage. The public is invited to learn about the early history of the area. Displays include Old Photo Album with large panels of historical photos of the park and attraction. Florida Public Archaeology Network will be presenting two special Archaeology Works! Workshops on Friday and Saturday in Florida Room. Friday's Archaeology Works! workshop will be held from 10:00 am until Noon.                                                                     

 Fri., March 11, 2016; 10:00 - Noon

Join us for Lunch with an Archaeologist and learn about the Native Americans and their pottery. Learn to identify different prehistoric pottery types from around Florida and how archaeologists use them to learn about people in the past. Bring a brown-bag lunch to enjoy during the presentation, then after lunch everyone will get the chance to make a small piece of pottery to take with them! To register for this workshop, please call (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002 or sign up on Eventbrite invite page.

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

Snakes, Snakes, Snakes @ Alafia River State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 10:30am to 12:30pm EST

Free Educational Program

More Information:
Nancy Murrah 813-672-5320

Located in the Southwest region at:
Alafia River State Park
14326 S CR 39
Lithia, FL 33547

Come learn, from Reinier Munguia, all about the snakes that call this park home.  From the illusive Black Indigo to the feisty Diamondback Rattlesnake where many types of snakes call Alafia River State Park home.  Learn how snakes survive the summers and winters of Florida.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Friday, March 11, 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.

Movie Night @ Oscar Scherer State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 6:30pm EST

Free to registered campers.

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 family-friendly winter program is sure to entertain. Each week features a different theme. Campers can vote for the movie of their choice at the Nature Center, where the movie viewing will take place. Refreshments are provided and campers are welcome to bring their own non-alcoholic beverages and favorite movie theater snacks.

Additional Information:

Located in the Nature Center.

Music and Campfire on the beach at Lake Louisa State Park @ Lake Louisa State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Members of FOLLSP are being offered free entry to the event. All others are being asked for a suggested donation of $5 per family.

More Information:
(352) 394-3969

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714

The Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. (FOLLSP) a non-profit 501C3 organization that supports Lake Louisa State Park, invites you to attend a fun-filled evening of live music by the campfire, on the beach of Lake Louisa.

Bring a chair, blanket, insect spray (just in case), and s’mores fixings and settle in for a great event. S’mores kits and bottled water will be available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to make friends and meet members of the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. Maybe you will become a member, too!

This is sure to be a fun night for the whole family; we hope to see you there!

Additional Information:

For more information call the Ranger Station at (352) 394-3969 or visit the Friends of Lake Louisa Website at LLSP.ORG

 

 

 

Music and Campfire on the Lake @ Lake Louisa State Park

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm EST

Members of FOLLSP are being offered free entry to the event. All others are being asked for a suggested donation of $5 per family.

More Information:
(352) 394-3969

Located in the Central region at:
Lake Louisa State Park
7305 U.S. Highway 27
Clermont, FL 34714

The Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. (FOLLSP) a non-profit 501C3 organization that supports Lake Louisa State Park, invites you to attend a fun-filled evening of live music by the campfire, on the beach of Lake Louisa.

Bring a chair, blanket, insect spray (just in case), and s’mores fixings and settle in for a great event. S’mores kits and bottled water will be available for purchase. This is a great opportunity to make friends and meet members of the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. Maybe you will become a member, too!

This is sure to be a fun night for the whole family; we hope to see you there!

Additional Information:

For more information, please call the park at (352) 394-3969. For more information about the Friends of Lake Louisa State Park, Inc. visit them online at: llsp.org

Participation Requirements

Homosassa Heritage Days @ Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 (All day)

There is no charge to attend Homosassa Heritage Days’ events and activities in the Florida Room. Regular park admission applies for entrance into 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

Heritage Days is a two-day event focusing on Homosassa’s Heritage. The public is invited to learn about the early history of the area. Displays include Old Photo Album with large panels of historical photos of the park and attraction.  Florida Public Archaeology Network will be presenting two special Archaeology Works! Workshops on Friday and Saturday in Florida Room. Join us for a special Archaeology Works workshop on SHELLS! on Sat., March 12, 2016 from 11:00—12:30 pm in the Florida Room. Archaeologists study ancient shells to not only learn about the diets and tools of prehistoric Floridians, but also the environments they lived in. Learn to identify different shell types along the Nature Coast and the ways archaeologists use them to learn about the past.  To register for this workshop, please call (352) 628-5445, ext. 1002 or sign up on Eventbrite invite page. 

Exhibitors will be set up in the Visitor Center from 10:00 am until 3;00 p.m. include Florida Public Archaeology Network, Homosassa River Garden Club, Homosassa Heritage Council, Park Rangers Patrick Dillard and Jack Kearns, Citrus County Libraries, Candace Boothe and Gus Valderrama on Dessie Smith Prescott.

                

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

 

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

Saturday, March 12, 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.