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Saturday, March 12, 2016

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.

Nature Walks @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am EST

Park entrance fees apply.  $5.00/ vehicle (2-8 people), $4.00/ vehicle (1 occupant)

More Information:
kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Searching high, searching low, along the Oxbow we will go!  Join a Ranger for a guided Nature Walk on the Oxbow Trail, where we'll take a look at the rare and unique upland and wetland communities found in the park. 

Additional Information:

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  If you have questions regarding your ability to participate in this program please see the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC Nature Walk) or call the Ranger Station at (813) 671-5005 for more information.  If you need accommodations to make your full participation possible, please call the Ranger Station at least 2 weeks in advance. 

Spring Fling @ Little Manatee River State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EST

Park entrance fees apply.  There is no additional charge for the event.

More Information:
kathryn.smithson@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Southwest region at:
Little Manatee River State Park
215 Lightfoot Rd.
Wimauma, FL 33598

Join us for our 2nd ever Spring Fling Celebration!  Nature arts and crafts, wildlife exhibits and environmental activities, food, music and fun for the whole family!   

Additional Information:

Florida State Parks are in various stages of accessibility.  Booths and activities will be spread throughout the main picnic area, which is also at various stages of accessibility.  Please contact the Ranger Station for additional information.  If you would like assistance to make your participation in this event possible, please notify the Ranger Station at least 2 weeks in advance.

Art in the Park @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

Regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Come to Rainbow Springs State Park to enjoy the wonderful display of paintings and other art forms by the Florida Artists Gallery and the Ocala Art Group. Watch the artists at work and take advantage of the opportunity to look for items to purchase for yourself or for gifts. A portion of all art sales will benefit the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park, a volunteer non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Rainbow Springs State Park.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

For more information about the Friends of Rainbow Springs State Park or to become a member, go to Friends of Rainbow Springs.

Nature Photography Workshop @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST

$35.00 per person, does not include park admission.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 110

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Join us each month for technical and artistic instruction by a local professional.  Appropriate for all photographers from beginners to advanced; bring your own camera equipment – point and shoot or SLR.  Wear light clothing, bring sun block and mosquito repellent.  Fee is $35.00 and does not include Park admittance.  For more information visit http://www.macarthurbeach.org/event/

5th Annual Women's Fishing Clinic @ Sebastian Inlet State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST

Free event includes regular park admission.

More Information:
Heather Sneed, 850-617-9646, Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com

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

Learn the basics of saltwater fishing at this hands-on clinic designed to give women an edge on becoming better anglers. From regulations to rigs and baits, and how to best care for your catch, this class is a must for all women wanting to start from scratch or hone what they already know.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Participants must pre-register by using the phone number or email provided. Class space is limited.

This is a catch and release only event.

Volunteer Work Day @ Dunns Creek State Park

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

Free park entry for volunteers

More Information:


Located in the Central region at:
Dunns Creek State Park
320 Sisco Road
Pomona Park, FL 32181

Volunteer at beautiful Dunns Creek State Park!  Park staff and the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park are hosting volunteer work days on the second Saturday of every month.  Help us maintain the 6,200 acres of natural communities at the park!  Volunteer for a few hours and enjoy a picnic at 12 pm hosted by the Friends of Dunns Creek State Park.

On Saturday, March 12th we will be working on event preparations for the Putnam County Earth Day Celebration being held at the park on April 22-24!  No experience is necessary - we will provide all of the training you need.  Bring your family and friends as we enjoy the outdoors!  In case of inclement weather, we have other projects scheduled indoors.

Additional Information:

All materials and equipment will be provided.  Participants are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle, sunscreen, bug repellent, gloves, and wear closed-toed shoes.

Participation Requirements

Fort Cooper Days @ Fort Cooper State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST

Adult thru 13 years old $6.00  – 12 years old and under free admission. 

More Information:
For more information, call 352-726-0315.

Located in the Northeast region at:
Fort Cooper State Park
3100 S. Old Floral City Rd.
Inverness, FL 34450

Come and experience Florida history at Fort Cooper State Park during Fort Cooper Days.  Mark your calendar for March 12th and 13th from 9:00AM to 4:00PM and come join us.  Second Seminole war re-enactments depicting the events that took place during the construction of the Fort held twice daily at 11:00 AM and 2:00 PM.  Visit 1836 period Military and Seminole encampments.  1830 – 1840 era Living History demonstrations held through out the day.  There will be period arts & crafts, exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, great food and refreshments.

 

Additional Information:

This event is hosted by The Friends of Fort Cooper.

Participation Requirements

Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EST

Free with regular $2 per person park admission

More Information:
352-465-8555

Located in the Northeast region at:
Rainbow Springs State Park
19158 SW 81st Place Road
Dunnellon, FL 34432

Stroll among the flowers in our peaceful wildlife habitat butterfly garden. Learn from a garden Volunteer about the importance of the variety of host and nectar plants and discover the caterpillars, chrysalises, birds, butterflies and pollinators living among the blooms.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Please allow yourself at least 15 minutes to walk from the main park entrance back to the butterfly garden. Be prepared to walk uneven, sloping, paved and unpaved walkways. Participants should bring water and wear comfortable clothing and closed toed shoes. Bug repellant and sunscreen is recommended. There are no restroom facilities near the butterfly garden. Well behaved pets on a leash are welcome. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wading Adventure @ Gasparilla Island State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST

 Free to BIPS Members, $5 for non-members.  Park entrance fee applies. 

More Information:
941-964-0375

Located in the Southwest region at:
Gasparilla Island State Park
880 Belcher Rd
Boca Grande, FL 33921

The waters surrounding Charlotte Harbor are rich with an abundance of marine life, wade in and get a glimpse of our beautiful estuaries first hand. Collect live specimens with nets and buckets and receive an educational program from our Park Rangers.  Don’t forget sunscreen, bathing suit, water shoes, and a hat! Fun for all ages over 5!

Additional Information:

Limited spaces available please call for reservations.

Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State Park

Saturday, March 12, 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

Saturday, March 12, 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.

Dog Day in the Park @ Dade Battlefield Historic State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Cost: $3/vehicle park entrance fee, $2 bicyclist or walk-in.

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

Dog Day in the Park will include a variety of dog demonstrations, service dog show, dog talent show, food vendor and doggie vendors. 

Black Island Bike Tour @ Lovers Key State Park

Saturday, March 12, 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

Join a park naturalist for a three-mile adventure down our Black Island Trail. Learn a little park history and experience some of the wildlife that call this maritime hammock home. Bring your own bike or rent one from the park concession. Due to limited space, reservations are required.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Tomoka Remembers Monthly Program @ Tomoka State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Program is included with regular park admission fee.

More Information:
386-676-4050 for monthly program topics and more information.

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

Each month Tomoka State Park will host a fun family program such as living history demonstrations, crafting, or an educational program of some type with a hands-on activity (when applicable). Past programs have included Indigo Dye-making, Seminole/Timucuan Indians, Spinning, Rug Weaving, Pine Needle Basketry and more. When a demonstrator is not available we will have on hand Junior Ranger kits, scavenger hunt sheets and other kids activities for our Echo Ranger participants and park guests. To register as an Echo Ranger or find out about the next month's program, please call 386-676-4050.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
(407) 884-2009

Located in the Central region at:
Wekiwa Springs State Park
1800 Wekiwa Circle
Apopka, FL 32712

Join us on Saturday mornings in the park's Interpretative Pavilion above the springs. The programs are presented by volunteers and park rangers on a wide range of topics suitable for people of all ages.

Schedule below is subject to change without notice.          

Oct 3                           Florida’s critters. Come and meet some live animals.

Oct 10                         Florida’s raptors.

Oct 17                         Protecting Florida’s waterways and water resources.

Oct 24                         The sounds of nature.

Oct 31                         Successful wildlife photography—tips from an expert.

Nov 7                           Wekiwa Springs history.

Nov 14                         Florida’s fascinating fossils.

Nov 21                         Edible Florida.

Nov 28                         Florida’s threatened wildlife.

Dec 5                           Prescribed burns explained.

Dec 12                         Florida’s Extinct critters.

Dec 19                         The sounds of nature.

Dec 26                         Basic survival techniques.

Jan 2                            Florida Black Bears.

Jan 9                            Turpentining in Wekiwa.

Jan 16                           Florida’s critters.

Jan 23                           Edible Florida and Basic Survival Techniques.

Jan 30                           Successful wildlife photography-tips from an expert.

Feb 6                            Florida’s Springs and the Wekiwa Watershed.

Feb 13                          Successful composting.

Feb 20                          Florida’s threatened wildlife.

Feb 27                          Prescribed burns explained.

Mar 5                            Walking Wekiva. How to get the most out of the trails.*

Mar 12                          Edible Florida.

Mar 19                          Protecting Florida’s waterways and water resources.

 

*Requires some walking

All activities are held at the Interpretive Pavilion and are suitable for everyone.

Additional Information:

Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.

Participation Requirements

Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST

This event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle (up to 8 people).

More Information:
Tina Miller tina.miller@dep.state.fl.us 386-688-3488

Located in the Northeast region at:
Troy Spring State Park
674 NE Troy Springs Road
Branford, FL 32008

Enjoy your morning coffee or cocoa with the park staff and volunteers while enjoying the picturesque, bird's eye view of the spring from the old log cabin.  Chat with park staff and ask any questions on your mind, or enjoy the peaceful nature views in good company.  Hot beverages are provided, but you are welcome to bring your favorite coffee mug.

Also, please contact us to request a special coffee time for your friends, family or other group.

Additional Information:

Program Requirements

Please feel free to contact the park with any special accommodation requests to make your visit the best that it can be.

Breakfast with a Ranger @ Topsail Hill Preserve State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 10:00am CST

Standard park entrance/admission fees apply and to cover the cost of the food please bring a $5.00 donation which goes to the Friends of Topsail Hill Preserve State Park to enhance the park.   

More Information:
Should you have any questions please call the park at 850-267-8330

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

Topsail Hill Preserve State Park invites you and your family to Breakfast with a Ranger; serving pancakes, biscuits and gravy and scrambled eggs.  Join a Ranger of Topsail Hill to learn about the park, its history and to ask them all the questions you have been dying to ask about wildlife, the park and everything in-between.  This program is ideal for the whole family to enjoy. Upon entry just let the Ranger at the entrance know that you are here for the Breakfast with a Ranger event and you will be given directions to the clubhouse. 

NatureScaping @ John D. MacArthur Beach State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST

Free park entry all day for the event.

More Information:
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109

Located in the Southeast region at:
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
10900 Jack Nicklaus Drive
North Palm Beach, FL 33408

Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of NatureScaping, an "Outdoor Festival" featuring live animal shows, guest speakers, environmental exhibitors and vendors, Florida native plants for sale and kid's activities. Back by popular demand is Food Truck Invasion and our kayak obstacle course. This year to celebrate the event's 20th anniversary, visitors will have a chance to receive environmentally themed door prizes. For more information, call Park Services Specialist, Art Carton at (561) 776-7449, ext. 109.

Additional Information:

Kayak rentals will be suspended for the day due to the event.

Second Saturday Kids Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST

Regular park entrance fee $5.00 per vehicle (honor box - cash only).

More Information:
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, sandra.cashes@dep.state.fl.us

Located in the Northeast region at:
Dudley Farm Historic State Park
18730 W. Newberry Road
Newberry, FL 32669

Join us on the farm. Children and adults alike can join in the fun!  There are hands-on demonstrations, crafts, old-fashioned games and even some education.  Learn about history and a farming way of life.

2015/2016 Schedule

10/10/2015 Scarecrows

11/14/2015 Tom the Turkey

12/12/2015 Festive Ornaments

01/09/2016 Weight and Scales

02/13/2016 A Victorian Valentine

03/12/2016 Sudsy Soaps

04/09/2016 Partake of the Past (see separate posting for more information)

05/14/2016 Beautiful Blooms

Depending on weather, it will be either in the Visitor Center or on the back porch of the farmhouse. 

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

Eco Guided Tour @ Oleta River State Park

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

$35.00 per person

More Information:


Located in the Southeast region at:
Oleta River State Park
3400 NE 163rd Street
North Miami Beach, FL 33160

Learn about the native plants and animals of South Florida during our Eco-guided tour. Your knowledgeable tour guide will be happy to answer questions about the fish and wildlife you will encounter during your journey

Saturday Wagon Tours @ Ravine Gardens State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST

Free with regular park admission.  Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.

More Information:
Park Office, 386-329-3721

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

Take a guided wagon tour around the beautiful ravine at Ravine Gardens State Park and see our azaleas in bloom!  Learn about the history of the ravine and the park, as well as the plants, animals, and ecosystems that make Ravine Gardens a diverse place to visit.

Tours will leave every half hour, departing at 1 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm, and 2:30 pm. Tours last approximately 25 minutes and will start from the front of the Roy E. Campbell Civic Center. Each tour is limited to 20 participants.

Additional Information:

Participation Requirements

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

Saturday, March 12, 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.

Bluegrass Concert @ O'Leno State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission

More Information:
Cindy Preston (386) 454-0723

Located in the Northeast region at:
O'Leno State Park
410 SE O'Leno Park Road
High Springs, FL 32643

Enjoy an Afternoon of Music at O’Leno State Park

Bring a chair and relax by the river while listening to a beautifully sung mixture of original & traditional bluegrass

and folk music by Dick Staber & Judith Chasnoff.  Visit their website at http://www.staberandchasnoff.com/

Additional Information:

 Participation Requirements

Barrier Island Birds @ Little Talbot Island State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320

Located in the Northeast region at:
Little Talbot Island State Park
12157 Heckscher Drive
Jacksonville, FL 32226

Join a park ranger for an interpretive program that discusses the various types of bird species that can be found across the natural communities of a barrier island.

Additional Information:

The program will take place at the multi-use trail pavilion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island.

Participation Requirements

 

Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 5:00pm EST

Free with regular park admission.

More Information:
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4

Located in the Central region at:
Silver Springs State Park
1425 NE 58th Avenue
Ocala, FL 34470

Every Saturday, a ranger will present a program on a different topic at the Silver River Museum & Environmental Education Center. Examples of programs include "Weavers in the woods," "What's that sound?," "Pioneer survival," as well as programs on topics such as fire, gopher tortoises and more. For the specific topic or program for the coming weekend, please contact the ranger station.

Additional Information:

Enter the park through the Camping & Museum Entrance, 1425 NE 58th Avenue, (also known as State Road 35 or Baseline Rd.) to access the Silver River Museum.

For more information about the Silver River Museum visit their website.

Participation requirements.

Filmed in Florida @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park

Saturday, March 12, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST

This event is free with paid park admission. $5 per vehicle up to 8 people.

More Information:
Stephanie McClain, Assistant Park Manager (386) 397-4331

Located in the Northeast region at:
Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park
11016 Lillian Saunders Drive/ US HWY 41 or Mailing address: P.O. Drawer G
White Springs, FL 32096

A super, spectacular spy adventure for the whole family! Bring a blanket or your lawn chair and come enjoy the night air for a family move, filmed right here in Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida!

Additional Information:

Soda and Popcorn will be available for sale.

Call to find out what's showing!

 

Participation Requirements

 

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

Sunday, March 13, 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.