Swampfest 2016 @ Weeki Wachee Springs State ParkFriday, 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.
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am EST
Park entrance fees apply. $5.00/ vehicle (2-8 people), $4.00/ vehicle (1 occupant)
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.
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 2:00pm EST
Park entrance fees apply. There is no additional charge for the event.
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!
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST
Regular $2 per person park admission
Amanda Marek, 352-465-8555
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.
Nature Photography Workshop @ John D. MacArthur Beach State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 1:00pm EST
$35.00 per person, does not include park admission.
(561) 776-7449, ext. 110
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 5:00pm EST
Free event includes regular park admission.
Heather Sneed, 850-617-9646, Heather.Sneed@MyFWC.com
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.
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 12:00pm EST
Free park entry for volunteers
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.
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.
Fort Cooper Days @ Fort Cooper State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:00am to 4:00pm EST
Adult thru 13 years old $6.00 – 12 years old and under free admission.
For more information, call 352-726-0315.
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.
This event is hosted by The Friends of Fort Cooper.
Guided Butterfly Garden Walk @ Rainbow Springs State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30am to 10:15am EST
Free with regular $2 per person park admission
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.
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30am to 12:00pm EST
Free to BIPS Members, $5 for non-members. Park entrance fee applies.
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!
Limited spaces available please call for reservations.
Cow Camp @ Lake Kissimmee State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 9:30am to 4:30pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Park Service Specialist Andrea Henry 863-696-1112 or andrea.Henry@dep.state.fl.us
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.
Daytime Astronomy @ Dr. Julian G. Bruce St. George Island State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 5:30pm EST
Program is free with regular park admission.
Melody Brennan (850) 927-2111 Melody.Brennan@dep.state.fl.us
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.
Program will be held at Volunteer Campsite #3 in the campground.
Dog Day in the Park @ Dade Battlefield Historic State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST
Cost: $3/vehicle park entrance fee, $2 bicyclist or walk-in.
Park Visitor Center - 352-793-4781
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:30am EST
Free with regular park admission
Ranger Station, 239-463-4588
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.
Tomoka Remembers Monthly Program @ Tomoka State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
Program is included with regular park admission fee.
386-676-4050 for monthly program topics and more information.
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.
Discovery Hour in the Park @ Wekiwa Springs State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am EST
Free with regular park admission.
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.
Donations support the Wekiwa Wilderness Trust and are graciously accepted.
Coffee at the Cabin @ Troy Spring State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 11:00am EST
This event is free with park admission of $5 per vehicle (up to 8 people).
Tina Miller email@example.com 386-688-3488
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.
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 ParkSaturday, 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.
Should you have any questions please call the park at 850-267-8330
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 3:00pm EST
Free park entry all day for the event.
(561) 776-7449, ext. 109
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.
Kayak rentals will be suspended for the day due to the event.
Second Saturday Kids Day @ Dudley Farm Historic State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:00am to 2:00pm EST
Regular park entrance fee $5.00 per vehicle (honor box - cash only).
Sandra Cashes, (352) 472-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
Eco Guided Tour @ Oleta River State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 10:30am to 11:30am EST
$35.00 per person
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm EST
Free with regular park admission. Donations to the Friends of Ravine Gardens are accepted.
Park Office, 386-329-3721
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.
Interpretive Walks and Presentations Schedule for Hugh Taylor Birch State Park @ Hugh Taylor Birch State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:00pm EST
Only park entrance fees apply.
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.
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 ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission
Cindy Preston (386) 454-0723
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/
Barrier Island Birds @ Little Talbot Island State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST
No reservations are necessary and the program is free with regular park admission.
Ranger Station, 904-251-2320
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.
The program will take place at the multi-use trail pavilion located at the south beach area on Little Talbot Island.
Ranger Program - Museum Area @ Silver Springs State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 5:00pm EST
Free with regular park admission.
Call the ranger station 352-236-7148 ext. 4
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.
Filmed in Florida @ Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State ParkSaturday, March 12, 2016 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm EST
This event is free with paid park admission. $5 per vehicle up to 8 people.
Stephanie McClain, Assistant Park Manager (386) 397-4331
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!
Soda and Popcorn will be available for sale.
Call to find out what's showing!
Paradise Park Remembered - Photographs by Bruce Mozert and Others @ Silver Springs State ParkSunday, March 13, 2016 (All day)
This exhibit is included with the price of regular park admission.
Park Services Specialist Craig Littauer, 352-236-7148 ext. 5, email@example.com
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.
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.